The importance of a strong, healthy immune system can never be underestimated. Our immune system fights and protects us against disease and infections of all kinds – including skin infections.
The human immune system is a complex one involved in the healthy function of the whole body. A healthy immune system is directly related to a healthy lifestyle – making improvements to lifestyle may lead to improvements to the immune system.
Immune system function relies upon hormone levels – in particular the human growth hormone, referred to as HGH. These naturally occurring hormones are known to strengthen the immune system and maintain bodily functions.
Exercise in the Morning
Research indicates a direct link between exercise and a strong, healthy immune system. Taking part in exercise at the start of the day will get the heart pumping, improve blood flow, and increase oxygen levels – all of which are beneficial to the immune system, overall fitness, and healthy looking skin.
Depression has a number of negative effects on the immune system and overall health. Anyone suspecting they, or someone they know, is suffering with depression should seek medical advice as soon as possible. Laboratory studies involving mice appear to show that those animals with depression were also more susceptible to bacterial infection and that increased stress levels reduced levels of immunity – similar results have been found in humans, emphasising the importance of leading a relaxed and happy life.
Healthy and Well-Balanced Diet
Eating a healthy, well balanced diet that is full of fresh fruit and vegetables, lean protein and low in fat and salt is recognised by almost everyone as being the best type of diet for maximum good health. It is also important to eat good quality food in order to obtain all of the essential nutrients our immune system needs in order to function fully meaning a reduced risk of infection and illness.
Take a Supplement
Many individuals like to take a vitamin and/or mineral supplement in order to ensure their body has all the nutrients it requires – these supplements may offer some protection against infection but are no substitute for a healthy, well balanced diet. Herbal supplements are also thought to strengthen the immune system.
Points to Note
Anyone wanting to strengthen their immune system and reduce their risk of infection and disease would do well to remember the following points:
Stop smoking – in addition to the many dangers to health posed by smoking it also has a negative effect on the immune system making the smoker more vulnerable to infection and disease
Get plenty of rest, get up early and exercise daily
Maintain a healthy weight – if necessary take steps to lose excess pounds
Have your overall health regularly checked
Wash your hands every time you use the bathroom, before eating and food preparation. Use antibacterial soap.
Healthy Immune Systems
A healthy immune system is essential in order to enjoy good health and strength, following a healthy diet and taking part in regular exercise will boost the immune system and offer protection against infection and disease.