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5 Easy Steps You Can Take to Improve Immune Function

Written By Back to Health Chiropractic and Massage on October 30, 2020

how to improve immune functionYour immune system keeps you healthy by protecting your body against disease-causing microorganisms, like bacteria and viruses. You can support optimal immune function through smart everyday lifestyle choices.

5 Steps to Improving Your Immune System

You don't have to survive on green juice and run marathons to boost your immune function. These simple habits will help.

1. Eat Immune-Boosting Foods

Food gives your body’s organs and systems – including the immune system – the energy they need to operate. Your daily intake should consist of whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh vegetables and fruits.

Include immune-boosting foods, like citrus, which is rich in vitamin C – a nutrient shown to support immune function.

2. Get Your Exercise

Exercise helps to flush bacteria out of the lungs, reducing your odds of getting sick. It also influences the production of white blood cells, your immune system's infection-fighting agents.

Aim to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity, at least three days per week.

3. Make Sleep a Priority

The average American adult should get at least seven hours of sleep per night. Failing to get your Z’s can negatively impact your immune system.

Prioritize sleep by making your bedroom a snooze-friendly zone. Buy blackout curtains to keep out extra light and invest in a white noise machine.

4. Avoid Alcohol and Cigarettes

Excessive alcohol consumption is linked to various health issues, from high blood pressure to cancer. It also weakens immune function. To reduce your risk, follow the recommendations for alcohol consumption.

Smoking likewise hampers immune function. Nicotine activates neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that increases inflammation in the body and harms your health.

5. Destress with Chiropractic Massage

Stress can also negatively impact immune function. Chiropractic massage alleviates bodily tension and improves anxiety symptoms, including high blood pressure and increased heart rate.

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