Our bodies are remarkable! We go about our day, coming in contact with a host of germs and microorganisms that could potentially harm us, however we avoid getting sick, 98% of the time. When we do “catch that cold” or come down with some other illness, the culprit could be caused by a weekened immune system.
What can we do to minimize our chances of getting sick? Well, we can improve our immune system, but doing this can be somewhat difficult to isolate. We can’t do just one thing, like take vitamins, or just adjust our food intake to be a fully nutritious diet, no, it’s not just one thing… it is a system, not one entity that we can just tweek! We also still do not have concrete proof that diet and lifestyle equate to always staying “well”. The bottom line is that a system requires balance as well as working in harmony with all of the other systems in our bodies.
Although we do not have concrete evidence, it is a given that diet and lifestyle are contributing factors and therefore intriguing to study.
We’ve all heard that exercise, our diet, and stress can affect our immune system. This is the case in animals, fish, all living things. It has even been observed in the Blue Tang fish, “Nemo”, which under stress conditions develops a disease called “Ick” or white spots on their bodies, which causes them to die. Once again, although there isn’t concrete evidence to support good behaviors as a cure-all, it does make common sense to give your immune system a helping hand towards the balance it needs to work well and become as strong as it can be:
Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
Maintain a healthy weight.
If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
Get adequate sleep.
Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
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