A Practical Guide to Boosting Your Immune System

A Practical Guide To Boosting Your Immune System

These days there are new diseases and super viruses popping up every day in the news, and some studies indicate that many medications have been over-used to the point that they have become ineffective. Whatever the reasons are for having a weak immune system, there are more than a few solutions to boost your immune system.

Eating healthy can taste good

Studies have shown that the vitamins and minerals you take in boost or inhibit your immune system. There are a lot of fad diets and supplements on the internet these days that make the claim to aid the immune system, but do your homework. A diet that has a lot of fruits and vegetables, proper amounts of meat, and is low in sugar should be sufficient for the average person. Because diet plays such an important role in this I will place a list of foods high on the list of immune system stimulators.

Stress kills, in more ways than one

Stress is a leading cause of heart attack and high blood pressure, but did you know that there are good forms of stress? Studies have demonstrated that short term stress, such as speaking publicly, or an argument with your child can build a better immune system reaction in cases of bite or puncture type wounds, creating a fight-or-flight response. In long term stress the adverse is true, with the immune system being repressed due to the condition being a normal state.

The things that seem small can add up

Keep taking any vitamins you are currently using, this provides the body with the things it needs when you can’t find time. Caffeine dehydrates the body, and robs it of critical minerals.

As I said before, do your research. There are a lot of supplementals and diet aids that make certain claims. Your best way to start the investigation is to check the BBB and the online medical websites and journals. Here is the list of good tasting, immune system bolstering foods.

Vitamin C Packed
Red bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes

Minerals count in the equation
Mushrooms, turnip and beet greens, squash, and garbanzo beans.

High in carotenes
Carrots, yams, brussel sprouts, cabbage, garlic, and squash.

This list is by no means complete, but also worth mention is that all citrus are high in antioxidants, as are many types of berries. Yogurt is also friendly to the digestive tract, providing important probiotics that are necessary for a healthy immune system.

The suggestions laid out here are by no means the “law of the land.” But if a person follows just one of the suggestions in this article, the other suggestions made will come without effort or notice.


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