Apr 10, 2022

Keys to Keeping Your Immune System Boosted

Crisp Living.

Over the last two years, many of us have become more aware of how important it is to have a healthy immune system. However, it isn’t always clear how to keep your immune system strong. Below we’ll discuss some of the simple things you can do to keep your immune system healthy and able to fight harmful viruses or bacteria.

How does the immune system work?

Your immune system detects and fights harmful germs in the body. When your immune system learns how to fight a specific infection, it produces antibodies. These antibodies will usually last in the body for some time, making your immune system more able to fight the same infection in the future. This is why, once someone contracts some illnesses, they are unlikely to contract those illnesses again.

Sometimes certain mutations in viruses can allow them to elude antibodies. This is commonly seen with the flu. That is why the flu vaccine can be beneficial; it is adjusted annually to fight specific strains of the flu.

People often don’t realize that many of the symptoms you experience when sick are signs that your immune system is working. For example, a fever is the result of your body working hard to fight infection.

When the immune system is working properly, it is more able to fight illness. This means you can stay healthy even when exposed to germs.

How can I boost my immune system?

Since the immune system is so important, you should prioritize keeping it strong. You can do this by providing your body with certain vitamins, nutrients, and plenty of fluids. Conversely, having an unhealthy diet can weaken the immune system and make you more susceptible to illness.

It is best to eat foods rich in vitamins rather than taking supplements. However, some people may need additional vitamins beyond what is found in their diets. In this case, dietary supplements can be helpful. Vitamins C, D, zinc, iron, and probiotics are especially helpful for your immune system. You can find these nutrients in a variety of foods and drinks such as
  • Citrus fruits
  • Pomegranates
  • Beets
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Spinach
  • Yogurt
  • Green tea
Your immune system also benefits when you get enough sleep and exercise. If you are worried that your immune system may not be getting the nutrients it needs to stay strong, talk to the Crisp Regional team. A simple blood test can determine whether you are deficient in any vitamins that may be contributing to your immune system’s health.

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