When you understand how your immune sytem works, you can support it to thrive.
Your immune system is the unsung soldier of your body, fighting for your wellness every day. But it needs support to do the job it was meant to do. Learning more about how it functions can help you to provide that support and boost.
Scientific research into immunity is yielding eye-opening insights every year. Despite the complexity of this system, we are starting to understand how it works and how to prime it for success.
Here are three statistics, or let’s say interesting facts, about your immune system that could help you to help it.
- Symptoms Can Mean It’s Working: Sometimes symptoms of the disease—take, for example, the congestion of the common cold—means that your immune system is working, not failing. That’s because the symptoms are related to processes your body needs to undergo to fight the disease. Having the sniffles means your body is winning in the war against the rhinovirus!
- Sleep Supports It: Did you know that your T-cells can drop when you don’t get enough sleep? When that happens, your immune system lacks what it needs to ward off disease. In fact, according to one study, vaccines may even be less effective for people who sleep less than six hours a night.
- Gut Bacteria Also Support It: At this stage, the immune system-gut connection is undisputed. Researchers have established the role of a healthy gut with a wide variety of essential bacteria in maintaining good immune health. These good bacteria—that form the gut microbiota—fight disease-causing bacteria, aid in producing antibodies and may prevent allergies or auto-immune diseases
Maintaining good immune health may involve innumerable factors, but what’s in our control is pretty basic:
You’d realize the best and simplest way to support your immune system is to build a healthy lifestyle. Make informed choices for your body today and you’ll reap their benefits for many years to come.
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