How to Boost your Immune System for Better Health

The Importance of the Immune System

The immune system plays a big part in maintaining the stability of your health. Have you ever wondered why one person never gets sick, while another is always having healthy problems? If your immune system is weakened, you are susceptible to sickness and diseases you would not ordinarily get.

The body system consists of cells, tissues, and organs working together in the body to fight against viral and bacterial infection, parasites, fungus and growths and tumors. When a foreign entity invades the body these white blood cells attack and destroy the invader. The organs of the immune system are located in bone marrow, the thymus, spleen, and the lymph nodes.

7 Things that Weaken the Immune System

Poor diet - A poor diet will make you more resistant to disease and infection because the body is not feed the proper food to build a strong immune system.

Pollution - Pollution is all around us. The worst air can actually be found in your own home. Pollution wears on the immune system and lessens the body's ability to fight sickness and disease.

Smoking - Smoking suppresses natural killer cells that the body uses to hinder the growth of tumors. Smoking also hinders the flow of oxygen to the body and inhibits the body's detoxification process.

Obesity - Obesity causes the immune system to trigger the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals which can lead to inflammatory problems in the body, such as arthritis, edema or heart problems. Obesity also increases your rick, of diabetes, heart disease and other autoimmune disease.

Lack of exercise - Lack of exercise reduces the flow of adequate oxygen to the body and slows the lymphatic system, which causes a build of toxins in the body.

Stress - Chronic stress causes the body to produce large amounts of cortisol which in turn suppresses the immune system. People who are under constant stress, are more prone to getting colds and other common health problems.

Radiation - Excessive exposure to ex-rays can cause damage to the thymus glands. The thymus gland is an important part of the immune system.

4 Types of Immune Cells Working in your Body

The T cell assists the immune responses by the secretion a substance that will cause the white blood cells to rally to fight off infections, activate other white blood cells to fight off infection.

B Cells

B cells or lymphocytes help produce antibodies in response foreign bacteria, viruses or tumor growths. These special proteins acknowledge and other proteins and combine with each other.


Macrophages are scavenger cells that gather and devour any invading cells and present them to other immune cells to destroy them

Granulocytes /Leukocytes

White blood cells cleanse and remove parasites and bacteria from the body. These infected cells are broken down by potent enzymes.

Natural Killer Cells

Natural killer cells are centuries that attack and kill cancers and cells affect by viruses such as herpes.

How Probiotics Improve the Immune System

Probiotics help to balance the presence of bacteria in the bowel. A large amount of out ability to fight disease is in the intestinal system. If you have a weakened immune system, you are more likely to have food and other allergies.

Anti-biotics are used to inhibit the growth of bacteria. The problems comes when overuse of causes the body to become resistant and anti-biotics no longer have their intended use.

Probiotics can return the proper balance to the digestive tract and help restore a stronger immune system. Everyone should taking probiotics, particularly if you have digestive or gastric-intestinal problems.

You can purchase probiotics at any health food store. You can also find probiotic properties in natural yogurt and Activia. These bacterium help to regulate and cleanse, the bowel and help create an environment where good bacteria can thrive.

Why Drinking Water is Important

Many illnesses develop because most people are chronically dehydrated. Water serves the important purpose of flushing out toxins, that enter the body though pollution, and environmental contaminants.

Illness can also develop when we partake of an unhealthy diet, that does not properly feed and support healthy cell grown. Sick cell produce a sick body.

I have found Kangen water an excellent source of hydration and combating sickness. Kangen water has three wonderful properties that promote super-hydration and wellness, and disease prevention.

Kangen water is a powerful antioxidant, it alkalizes the body and the water's micro-clustering allows the water to hydrate the body at a cellular level, to effectively hydrate. Many people are not sick; they are thirsty and need to drink highly alkaline ionized water.

Exercise Stimulates Immunity System

Exercise elevates the levels of leukocytes, that fights infection. Exercise also produce endorphins, which is a natural hormone that increases you sense of well being and help you to sleep well. Exercise and sleep, both have a positive effect on your ability to fight sickness.

Exercise stimulates the cardiovascular system, improves blood circulation throughout the body, and helps to removes toxins and impurities from the muscles and body. Regular exercise is necessary to build to develop a long term immune response. Getting your heart rate up for 20 minutes three times a week can increase your immune function.

Increase Antioxidants/Beta Carotene

Increasing the intake of antioxidants will help destroy free radical damage, improve immune system, resulting in better health and appearance.

Things that can increase your intake of antioxidants are: cod liver oil, dark fruits and berries, green tea, garlic, Kangen water and mushrooms.

Good sources of beta carotene are: asparagus, beets, broccoli, carrots, apricots, green pepper, kale, mangos, collard green, pink grapefruit, pumpkin, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watermelon and tangerines.

Vitamin E

Vitamin increases the production of natural killer cells and B cells, which help destroy disease and cancer cells.  The daily recommended dosage of Vitamin E is 100 mg.

Natural sources of Vitamin E: broccoli, carrots, mustard and turnip green spinach sunflower seeds, papaya chard, mangos, nuts pumpkin.

Vitamin C

Increasing Vitamin C helps increase red blood cells, increases good cholesterol. Vitamin C can also lessen the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer.

A dose of 90 mg of Vitamin C is the recommended daily amount.

Natural Sources of Vitamin C: berries, dark green vegetables such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, the melon fruits, kale, kiwi, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, nectarines, papaya, snow peas, red, yellow and green pepper.

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2besure 4 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

MPG, thanks for stopping by to leave a comment!

Suzy sparks 4 years ago

Autumn has barely started and I've already catched a cold. Thank you writing this great overview. I'll definitely try some of these tips to strengthen my immune system.

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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

Thanks for stopping by my place MPG Narratives! I appreciate you.

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2besure 5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

There is still more information I want to add. There is so much to learn.

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HealthyHanna 5 years ago from Utah

This is very well put together. It is very comprehensive. I will be using it as a reference.


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MPG Narratives 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Very comprehensive hub on keeping your immune system healthy, thanks 2besure.

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