Taking care of your body means supporting its ability to care for itself. You wouldn’t get very far without your body’s ability to repair itself or your immune system. These abilities each play a vital role in our quality of life by helping ensure the first difficulties we experience don’t become debilitating. It can be particularly important to work towards appropriately supporting your immune system as we age. Our body simply seems to start having more and more trouble as time goes by. Working against that is one of the best things you can do for yourself in the long run. How do you help your immune system though? People regularly talk about “boosting” it and other bits of jargon, but that typically isn’t useful information. Let’s take a quick look into what it takes to actually support your immune system instead of what trends tell you is a good idea.
It is important to take a little time away from our main topic to highlight that products promising to “boost” your immune system are using popular jargon and may or may not actually do your immune system any good. The idea of boosting your immune system is also a little terrifying if you understand your body. Like the rest of the complex system that makes up your body, the immune system exists in a state of balance where it is active enough to take care of issues that appear, but doesn’t actively seek out or invent problems to solve. When the latter problem happens we term it an autoimmune disease. The immune system literally begins attacking parts of the body. The last thing any of us want to actually happen is to truly boost our immune system unless it is already compromised or weakened. If you actually could you’d likely regret it soon after. People simply see claiming a product boosts your immune system as a generic way to say “this is healthy”, but it is important to recognize the way they phrase it isn’t actually that helpful of a goal.
Support Through Diet
Eating a healthy diet is actually one of the best things that you can do for your immune system. Your body is in need of a constant stream of nutrients to keep everything functioning correctly and your immune system is non exception. It benefits from a number of nutrients, but gets a lot out of vitamin C in particular. The fact that the vitamin is associated with healthy immune system function has lead to mistaken ideas that mega-dosing on it can help fight illness. This isn’t how your body works. You get a lot out of a healthy amount of vitamin C in your diet helping keep your immune system functioning properly, but you can’t give it an extra jolt of vitamin C to make it suddenly fight harder. Prevention is the best option. Vitamin C can be found in citrus, dark, leafy greens, and various other foods as well. Ultimately, all you really need to do is ensure that you’re eating a balanced and diverse diet to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.
Sleeping It Off
You can also do your immune system a favor by making a sleeping schedule and sticking to it. Sticking to a sleeping schedule helps to ensure that you are capable of getting an adequate amount of sleep routinely. Your body needs this to keep itself healthy. You are constantly using energy and resources just by moving around during the day. Nighttime when you’re sleeping is the one time everything in your body can call for resources and have all that it needs to keep you healthy. Your immune system needs this to keep itself revitalized. Additionally, your health begins to overall suffer over time from a poor sleeping schedule. Most professionals recognize not getting enough sleep as a way to impair your immune system as a result. So make a sleeping schedule, turn off any alerts and alarms that might wake up before morning, and commit to a good night’s sleep if you want to support your health.
While you can’t boost your immune system, you can take care of your body properly and motivate its proper function. This natural support for a health immune system does far more for your health than mega-dosing on vitamins. All you need to do is ensure you’re eating a healthy diet and getting enough sleep. Is that really too big of a commitment for good health?