Your 24/7 Bodyguard
Your immune system is your body’s defense against illness, and it works to keep you healthy and strong even when you’re feeling fine. The following tips can help give your immune system support to function at its best.
Getting regular exercise has been shown to lower your risk of getting heart disease and keep your bones healthy. Experts are not certain if or how exercise supports immunity to certain illness, but several theories exist:
- Flushing bacteria out of the lungs and other airways.
- Briefly raising your body temperature during and immediately after exercise, which may prevent bacteria from growing.
- Slowing the release of stress-related hormones, which can get in the way of staying well.
Catch Some Zzzzzz’s
Getting too little sleep can affect your immune system and make it take longer to recover when you are not well.
If you’re trying to find out how to keep your immune system healthy by getting enough sleep, one answer may lie in how old you are. The ideal amount of sleep for adults is 7–8 hours. For teenagers, it’s closer to 9–10 hours; and school-aged children may need even more than 10 hours for optimal health.
Keep ‘em Clean
Washing your hands is an easy and effective way to stop the spread of many types of infection. Whether it’s your home, workplace, a hospital, public transportation, or any other space germs can easily spread, using soap and water to clean your hands is a great way for you and your community to promote general health and well-being.
Balance Your Gut
Approximately 70% of your immune system is located in your gut where there are trillions of bacteria. Maintaining the balance of good and bad bacteria is an important part of your health.
Things like diet, travel and stress can throw this balance off though. Taking a probiotic can help balance your digestive system and give you the immune system support you need.