Trending Now
IMG_0679

Five Must Do’s for Optimal Immune System Function

Please note this is not medical advice.  The habits and supplements suggested are simply what I’ve used and enjoy.

What is immunity?

First…. let us identify what the immune system is.  Well, our immune system is our God given network of processes organs and cells that ward off and protect us from disease and foreign bodies that try to harm us.  When our immune system detects a problem, it triggers cells and responses to ward off and fight the invasion…when our immune system is functioning properly

For our immune system to function properly, we must get rid of anything that delays or prohibits our immune system from working at its best level and optimize habits to boost and strengthen our immune response. 

We have two types of immunity:  innate and adaptive.  Innate immunity is what we are born with, as stated earlier when our immune systems are working healthily. Adaptive immunity is when our body produces antibodies after being exposed to a virus or disease or is simply protected by a vaccination. In this article, I’m going to focus on how we can increase our innate immunity. 

According to the CDC, “immunity to a disease is achieved through the presence of antibodies to that disease in a person’s system. Antibodies are proteins produced by the body to neutralize or destroy toxins or disease-carrying organisms.”

How do you boost your immunity? 

Hydration –

When our body is attacked by infection, our body combats the infection through a few ways, one of which is releasing mucus. Mucus is a way for our body to naturally trap, disable, and kill germs, bacteria, and virus’.  When we are dehydrated, its more difficult for us to produce enough mucus for this protective function. Basically, the more hydrated we are, the more our body can create a protective layer to combat foreign bio attackers.

Moderate activity/exercise –

Moderate, not strenuous exercise can help boost your immune system and help with natural immunity.  How so you ask? Exercise increases circulation of the body’s systems including the immune system, so those cells can move about and do their intended job, protecting you from illness.  Walking 20 to 30 minutes a day is a good start and helpful in creating the circulation you need to assist in movement of your immune system warrior cells.  

A healthy plant-based diet-

A diet that’s full of nutrient rich, fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to keep your body strong and build natural immunity.  A variety of colored fruits and vegetables are always a great way to get additional vitamins and minerals, naturally.