Scientists do not believe in miraculous elixirs and offer rather boring things.
How to increase immunity
The main secret of immunity is that it is not a single organ, but a whole system. And not even a system of organs. Immunity is much more complicated than, for example, the cardiovascular system. It works even at the cell level.
And there are no studies that would at least somehow prove that this or that pill, this or that herb, this or that habit will surely strengthen your immunity.
And yet, over the years of research, scientists have accumulated a lot of data that says: yes, a healthy lifestyle helps the immune system to resist disease. But what exactly do they mean by a healthy lifestyle? Only eight boring rules.
1. Do not smoke
A real focus of inflammation is created in the smoker’s mouth, which distracts the immune system. It is easier for smokers to get diseases, even serious ones like tuberculosis.
I don’t want to think about other horrors, but I have to: smoking causes cancer. And all because it works against immunity. If you want to increase immunity — quit smoking.
2. Do not drink alcohol
Experiments have shown that alcohol can suppress the activity of antitumor immunity, increases the risk of colon cancer and liver diseases.
In general, do not want cancer — do not drink, otherwise turn off the antitumor immunity.
3. Eat lots of fruits and vegetables
If you already do not smoke or drink, eat vegetables and fruits. It sounds deadly boring. Moreover, you do not need to eat any special berries, but everything that comes across.
You can eat garlic, and ginger, and lemons. All this will help, but only if you eat a normal lunch of white meat and a bunch of vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables even help better respond to certain vaccinations.
The most likely simple and obvious way to increase immunity is to get enough sleep. If you often get sick, then you’ll get a sore throat, then snot will flow, you probably sleep a little.
Studies have shown that people who get enough sleep even respond to flu shot better than those who did not get enough sleep.
5. Go in for sports
Sport helps in several directions at once. Firstly, athletes are really less sick. Secondly, the sport regulates the sleep mode (and we already said about it). Third, sports help fight obesity.
6. Keep weight within normal limits.
The fact is that adipose tissue does not just lie on the abdomen and on internal organs and sometimes sways. It produces hormones. Some hormones. But it is they that contribute to inflammatory processes in the body.
That is, overweight creates an invisible, but a tangible burden on the immune system. And resources are spent on the struggle not only with external invaders but also with their own body.
7. Do not be nervous
When anxious thoughts creep in, read a new article, calm down and think that you have just strengthened your immunity a little.
But seriously, stress hormones really disrupt the immune system, so don’t give them a chance — learn to relax. This is not the worst method of maintaining immunity.
8. Do not run into infections
This will help if not to increase immunity, then at least preserve it. It’s enough, for example, to get flu shots, wash your hands, don’t buy suspicious foods, ventilate the rooms and treat your teeth and other problem areas in time.
In general, cope with what you can remove the bacterial and viral load from immunity.
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