How to Support a Healthy Immune System

How to Support a Healthy Immune System

Staying well requires a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, over time, it gets harder for your natural defenses to fend off challenges from foreign invaders. Plus, we all know that there are certain times of year and situations when your body has to work harder to maintain a healthy immune response.

So how do you fight the good fight to protect your health—no matter what your age, or what your environment brings? Here are three easy ways to support your immune system:

  1. Make healthy choices, every day

    Eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, effectively manage stress and get quality sleep. You're only as healthy as your lifestyle is, after all! A well-nourished, relaxed, and well-rested body is better equipped to fight off immune challenges.

  2. Power up with vitamins & minerals

    High-quality vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, like vitamins C & D, zinc, reishi, and others, can support a healthy immune response. Probiotics are a powerful tool in your stay-well playbook, too.

  3. Don't forget common sense!

    Simple measures like washing your hands frequently, staying home when you feel under the weather and not letting yourself get run down can make a huge difference in your overall health.

As any scientist can attest, the immune system itself is a complex web of physiological processes, all working together to fend off challenges from invaders. However, supporting that immune system requires simple, common-sense choices and excellent nutrition. Be proactive and give your body the support it needs to stay well!

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How do you check your immune system?

Blood tests are available that can measure immune system markers. Other blood tests can measure such factors as levels of different types of white blood cells known as T lymphocytes or autoimmune responses.

How can I support my immune system?

Healthy immune function depends on several critical factors. It is important to manage stress and get a full night’s sleep. Eating a diet that includes plenty of fruits and veggies, including mushrooms, garlic and onions, and skipping out on sugar is a good idea. In addition, supplementing with vitamins D and C, zinc and beta-carotene can help give the immune system the nutrients it needs to do its job. Reishi mushroom, beta-glucan or the herb andrographis can also provide support.

How does the immune system change in adults?

Over time, individuals become less able to respond to age-related environmental changes. This immune senescence correlates with a decrease in naive T-cells, which respond to new invaders, and an increase in T-memory cells, which hold the memory of previously encountered invaders. Many individuals proactively support naive T-cell and memory T-cell immune balance by using botanicals cistanche and Reishi mushroom.

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