The 10 Commandments of Immune System Health

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The 10 Commandments of Immune System Health

When you feel healthy, you can live your best possible life. To do this, you need a vigilant immune system. Check out the Ten Commandments of Immune System Health from the Immune System CompanyTM (4Life).

1. I get enough sleep Research shows that adequate sleep is paramount for a high-functioning immune system. Sleep allows the immune system to do its work while the body is at rest. Lack of sleep can lead to more than just fatigue. It can also lead to a less effective immune system.

2. I consistently eat a nutritious diet Consuming a high amount of fruits and vegetables is important, since these foods are generally rich in vitamins C and E, and green vegetables contain B6. These three nutrients contribute to healthy immune system function.

3. I practice good hygiene Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face—especially after visiting a public place.

4. I exercise Exercise is key to immune system health for many reasons. Not only does it keep you physically healthy, but it can also help reduce mental stress and even improve your quality of sleep. Moderate exercise is a great way to support a healthy immune system.

5. I dedicate time to total body recovery Exercise is important, but resting after exercise is just as important. Give your body time to recoup after strenuous exercise with a day off and avoid overtraining, since it may wear you and your immune system out.

6. I limit exposure to illness It’s no secret that viruses are contagious. Avoid being in close contact with people who are ill or who have been exposed to an illness.

7. I practice nourishing supplementation Sometimes it’s not easy to nourish your body solely from the food you eat. A daily multivitamin or an immune system–boosting supplement can help you reach the daily requirements for vitamins specific to good immune system health.

8. I minimize mental and physiological stress levels Mental stress can have a biological effect on your immune system. Your physical reaction to stress can chip away at your immune system health. Manage stress to avoid impairing your immune system.

9. I avoid drugs and alcohol Alcohol and drugs can limit the effectiveness of your immune system. There are correlations between drug and/or alcohol use and increased susceptibility to infections

10. I get sufficient sun Studies have shown that vitamin D is a key component for a highfunctioning immune system. Want a good source? Look no further than your backyard! Depending on the time of year, 5−30 minutes in the sun supports vitamin D synthesis.

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