Blog 1/28/2018

Weekly Clinical Service Dose: Tips for a Healthy Immune System

The immune system defends the body against infection.  Although it works effectively most of the time, sometimes our immune system fails, and we become sick.

When our immune system functions properly it detects threats, such as bacteria, parasites, and viruses, and it triggers an immune response to destroy them.

The best thing you can do to maintain your immune system is to adopt healthy living strategies that will benefit the entire body, including your immune system.

These strategies might include:

• Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables
• Exercising regularly
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Quitting smoking
• Drinking alcohol only in moderation
• Getting enough sleep
• Avoiding infection through regular hand washing
• Reducing stress

Although many questions remain about the function of the immune system, it is clear that consuming a healthy diet, regularly  exercising, getting adequate sleep, and reducing stress will go a long way to ensuring your immunity is maintained.

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