The immune system is our main protector and has many functions. It protects us from diseases, infections and plays an important role in recovery after illnesses and injuries. Basically, if it was not for our immune system, we would not live long.
In this blog, we will look at some amazing facts about our protector and discuss some options for boosting our immune systems and keeping ourselves healthy.
Interesting facts about our immune system:
Firstly, one of the most amazing facts about our immune system is that you can actually keep yourself healthier with laughter.
When laughing our body releases dopamine in the brain, which can help decrease stress. Since stress can also have a big role in our health, we encourage you to find something that makes you happy on a daily basis.
Secondly, we have immune cells in all our tissues. Imagine our immune system as a very strong army. In this army, there are thousands and thousands of soldiers – the immune cells. These soldiers are constantly alert to signs of an attack and protect us, from bacteria, viruses and parasites.
Another amazing fact is that fever and inflammation are actually good signs. Many people get scared when they have a fever and think they are ill.
But what do fever and inflammation actually mean? They are a sign that the body is doing its job. Fever releases white blood cells, increases metabolism, and stops certain organisms from multiplying.
Last but not least, germs are keeping you healthy. Our immune system is constantly adapting to germs that live around us. And that is one of the main reasons we can live for so long. Once our body gets in touch with a certain foreign substance, it attacks it and remembers it. Next time we encounter the same substance, our body knows exactly what to do. Now that we know a few interesting facts about our army that protects us, let us look at options that can help it.
Tips for keeping our immune system strong and healthy:
Wash your hands
You might think that this is a stupid tip that we all already know. But washing our hands is actually one of the most effective ways to prevent germs from spreading. How many times should we wash our hands?
Basically, we should wash our hands before, during, and after preparing and eating food, after using the toilet, changing diapers, or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet, blowing our nose, coughing, sneezing, touching an animal, animal feed, animal waste, handling pet food or pet treats and touching garbage. We should also wash our hands before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhea, or after treating a cut or wound.
Are you washing your hands in all these situations?
You can choose from so many different physical activities that will actually help you flush out bacteria and clear the airways. A regular workout will also help you with stress, decrease the chance of developing some diseases and keep your bones strong. But do not get caught up in excessive exercise! Yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques can also help you.
Reduce your stress level
Stress can be the root of so many different problems and diseases, so we suggest you take time and find a practice that will help you to reduce stress. We know that every person deals with stress differently, so here are a few ideas about how you can reduce stress:
- Listen to music
- Talk to a friend about it
- Laugh it off
- Drink tea
- Eat right
Get enough sleep
Sleep is the most natural way to reboot your system. In a UCSF study from 2019
, researchers found that poor sleep (less than 6 hours per night) made someone four times more likely to catch a cold. When sleeping, your body takes care of restoring your cells and helps with recovery in general.
Keep your diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods. Make sure you eat food high in antioxidants, since they protect us from free radicals and the damage they do to our cells. Focus on fiber-rich vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, and healthy fats. And lastly, do not forget about your vitamin intake! Here, you can also help yourself with several food supplements available on the market, but make sure you choose trusted brands.
You can make several lifestyle and dietary changes today to strengthen your immune system.
These include caring about your hygiene, staying active, practicing stress reduction, getting enough sleep, and keeping a balanced diet.
Since the last year has been marked with Covid-19, it is more important than ever to start learning how to make our immune system as strong as possible, and in this way avoid different diseases.