Enterovirus, the virus that took a preschooler, whose only symptom was pinkeye, makes us wonder if it was because of a weak immune system as he was a child.
Immune system’s job is to protect your body against disease generating organisms. When we are born, our immune system is yet to be build, gradually exposure to the world and it’s environment makes it stronger.
Some people are blessed with strong immune systems, could be a genetic make-up, or their metabolic structure or perhaps because of the presence of high level of antioxidants in their blood. It is still not clear why some people have a stronger immune system. And the mystery lies in the word “system “, immune system is basically a make-up of so many factors, diet, genes, stress- a balance of everything makes a healthy immune system.
Is it possible to boost the immune system?
We would like to believe that immune system could be made stronger. If genetics are not on our side, at least the right nutrients and activities can boost immune system.
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Sleep – Proper night’s sleep is extremely important for good health. Adults need 7-9 hours of sleep and children at least 10 hours. Study shows that people are more likely to fall sick when they are not getting enough shuteye.
From Mayo Clinic
During sleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease production of these protective cytokines. In addition, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced during periods when you don’t get enough sleep.
Diet – Diet can either build the immune system or totally mar it. Diet rich in protein, fruits and vegetables help to build the immune system. A diet rich in sugar can only harm the immune system. Study shows that upping the protein consumption can help you make your immune system better. Sugar does not help human beings with anything. Sugar from fruits and vegetables are enough for humans, there is absolutely no need of added sugar. Another reason to avoid sugar is because it wrecks the immune system.
Humans are not able to turn sugar into vitamin C as other animals can. According to Jim Howenstine, M.D., glucose and ascorbic acid compete with one another. So a diet high in sugar means lower levels of vitamin C. Overall, the immune system is weakened by this scenario. Keeping sugar consumption to a minimum might be a way to avoid colds.
We are attacked with all kinds of viruses; the only sure way to handle viruses is to strengthen the immune system. Eat the right food, exercise, sleep better and laugh at every opportunity that you can find – slow but a sure path to a stronger immune system.