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Monday, March 28, 2011
How to Improve Immune Function
Improving ones immune function isn't as hard as you think. A few simple changes can increase your immune response exponentially by way of nutrition, exercise and rest.
Establish a consistent dietplan that consists of all your vitamins and minerals. Add variety to your diet by way of implementing a variety of fruits, vegetables and other foods that all fuse together to promote general health and well being. Eat about 2 servings of yogurt, preferably the type with special digestive enzymes in them. These enzymes promote the growth of healthy bacteria that is needed to aid in a healthy immune system. Your body naturally produces most of these enzymes but they are depleted rapidly as your body is ravaged from the toxic environment in which we all live. Antibiotics, poor diet, environmental stress all contribute to this decrease in live, and active cultures. Eat lots of green leafy vegetables as these contain phytonutrients and vitamins rarely found in other foods. These rare vitamins include but are not limited to vitamin k, magnesium and folic acid.
Supplementation can be a great asset in the fight for a healthier immune system due in part to it's wide range of vitamins and minerals in a timed released state. We are all on the run and our daily lives are often boggled down with stressors such as school, work, and family. Due to this, we rarely eat a wholesome diet that fulfills our total nutritional needs which results in an impaired immune system leaving us vulnerable to a number of ailments. When implemented correctly supplements can help bridge the gap and make up for those losses. A multivitamin is always a mainstay as it puts a variety of vitamins in your body which in turn improves immune function instantaneously. Acidophilus has also garnered a lot of praise of late as it has been shown to improve immune function by adding healthy bacteria back to the gut which is lost on a daily basis. It also improves digestion which allows your body to better utilize the vitamins already stored in your body. Green tea is also a world renown supplement which improves metabolic function and increases immunity. Green tea is a potent antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals rapidly.
Rest is just as important as the other 2 steps because your body does all it's repairing and healing as you sleep. Adaquete sleep is anywhere from 6-8 hours depending on the person. Quality sleep improves mental accuity