Immunity is an amazing thing. Everyone knows that we have him and that he is terribly important. Someone is sure that he is hiding in the intestines (thanks to the advertisement). Someone remembers something about the lymph nodes. Someone with honest eyes can say that the immune system is a stronger thing than Goethe’s “Faust,” and they will be right.
But no matter how anyone thinks about immunity, the majority is sure that it needs to be strengthened or increased. In general, to do something so that he would protect us from everything in the world: from the flu and fatigue. Some people remember that something helps with cancer.
How to boost immunity
The main secret of immunity is that it is not a single organ but a whole system. And not even an organ system. Immunity is much more complex than, say, the cardiovascular system. It even works at the cellular level.
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And there is no research on how to boost your immune system, which would somehow prove that this or that pill, this or that herb, this or that habit will definitely strengthen your immunity.
And yet, over the years of research, scientists have accumulated much data that say: yes, a healthy lifestyle helps the immune system resist disease. But what exactly do they mean by a healthy lifestyle? Just eight boring rules.
A real focus of inflammation is created in the smoker’s mouth effect of smoking on immunity in human chronic periodontitis that distracts the immune system. It is easier for smokers to get illnesses, even such serious ones as tuberculosis.
I don’t even want to think about other horrors, but I have to: smoking causes cancer. And all because it works against immunity. If you want to boost your immunity, quit smoking.
Do not drink (at least do not drink too much)
Experiments have shown that alcohol exposure differentially affects anti-tumor immunity in females by altering dendritic cell function. Alcohol can suppress anti-tumor immunity activity, increasing the risk of concurrent gut transcriptome and microbiota profiling following chronic ethanol consumption in nonhuman primates: colon cancer and liver disease.
In general, if you do not want cancer, do not drink. Otherwise, you will turn off anti-tumor immunity.
There are many vegetables and fruits.
If you already don’t smoke or drink, eat vegetables and fruits. Sounds deadly boring. Moreover, you don’t need to eat any special goji berries or tapioca, but whatever comes along.
Fruits and vegetables even help you respond better to certain vaccinations. Effect of fruit and vegetable consumption on immune function in older people: a randomized controlled trial.
Probably the simplest and most obvious way to boost immunity is to get enough sleep. If you are often sick, then your throat will pick up, then the snot will flow – you probably do not sleep much.
Go in for sports
Sport helps in several ways at once. First, athletes really get sick less. Secondly, sport regulates sleep patterns (and we have already said about it). Thirdly, sports help fight obesity.
Keep weight within normal limits.
The fact is that adipose tissue does not just lie on the stomach and internal organs and sometimes sways. She produces hormones. Some hormones. But it is they that contribute to the inflammatory processes in the body.
That is, excess weight creates an invisible but tangible load on the immune system. And resources are spent on the fight not only with external invaders but also with their own organism.
Don’t be nervous
There are hundreds of materials available about how not to be nervous and stay calm in any situation, even if the world is crumbling around. So, when disturbing thoughts creep in, calm down, and think about the fact that you just strengthened your immune system a little.
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But seriously, stress hormones really disrupt the immune system, so don’t give them a chance – learn to relax and sometimes say, “This is not the worst way to maintain immunity.”
Do not run into infections.
This will help, if not increase immunity, then at least preserve it. For example, it is enough to get flu shots, wash your hands, avoid buying suspicious products, ventilate rooms, and treat teeth and other problem areas in time.
In general, cope with what you can remove the bacterial and viral load from the immune system.
Adapted and translated by Wiki Avenue Staff
Sources: Life hacker