Updated: Nov 22, 2021
Your immune system is an intricate, co-dependent structure of white blood cells, antibodies, complex proteins, networks, and organs. Some parts of the system act as literal barriers, preventing viruses and bacteria from reaching organs like your brain, while others hunt and remove invaders from your body.
Key facts about the immune system
Your immune system is your friend. It protects your body from infection. Give it your full support and, as with any friend, there will be perks.
Eating fruits and veggies keeps your immune system strong. Studies show that people who eat a lot of them get sick less. The nutrients in them can help your immune system fight viruses and bacteria.
Sleep is one of the most important health behaviors for optimal immune function, mental and physical health, and quality of life. Sleep needs vary by person, but most adults need 7-8 hours a night. Teens need 9-10 hours, school-aged kids need at least 10 hours, preschoolers need 11-12 hours, and newborns need 16-18 hours.
Tips to boost your immune system
Exercise: Moderate intensity physical activity is associated with better immune function, lower levels of anxiety, and perceived stress. Keep moving, try indoor/outdoor activities, try yoga or even also try muscle strength training: Download a strength workout app to your smart phone, such as the 7-Minute Workout (no equipment necessary, Android, iOS).
Food: Nutrition is a critical component of your immune response. Just like poor nutrition can deteriorate your immune system, quality nutrition can be the foundation for strength. Balanced nutrition, can enhance your ability to resist infections and remain healthy.
Modest amounts of a combination of these 5 essential vitamins and minerals will keep your body healthy viz-a-viz: