How to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system plays a vital in your body by protecting you from harmful germs. But if you don’t take care of your body, the immune system cannot function properly. Everything matters, from your diet to how much sleep you get every night. By making changes to your lifestyle, you can boost your body’s defenses and stay healthy.

Key takeaways:

  • One way to boost your immune system is by following general health guidelines such as eating meals high in fruits and vegetables, getting the recommended hours of sleep, exercising regularly, washing your hands when needed, and keeping up with the currently recommended vaccines.
  • The older we get, the weaker our immune systems. Studies conclude that the elderly are more likely to get infected and die from diseases. The immune system weakens due to “micronutrient malnutrition,” wherein elderly people tend to eat less and have a smaller variety of nutritious foods.
  • Medical studies prove that the mind and body are linked, so it can take a toll on your immune system when you’re stressed out. Scientists are actively studying chronic stress and its effect on the human body.

Read a more in-depth article on boosting your immune system here: https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/how-to-boost-your-immune-system.

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