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How to Boost Your Immune System

Updated on May 29, 2009

While I don't get sick often, when I do I tend to get something that is serious or hard to get rid of, most recently a finger infection called a paronychia. Because of this I have been searching for ways to boost my immune system. According to the Webster's online dictionary, an immune system is "the bodily system that protects the body from foreign substances, cells and tissues by producing the immune response and that includes especially the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, special deposits of lymphoid tissues, macrophages, lymphocytes including the B cells and T cells, and antibodies." So these are the parts of my body that I want to target and improve. But where to begin and what to do is something different.

There are many things you can do to boost your immune system when fighting an illness. You can take freshly minced garlic (put it in a dab of honey), you can take Echinacea either in capsule form or drops, or take vitamins. But what are some long term things you can do to boost your immune system? I have been researching this for awhile now and there is certainly no magical cure. There are, however some basic things you can do to help prevent sickness from happening to you.

From what I can tell the best thing you can do for yourself are the basics that you hear about all the time. Make sure you get enough sleep, make sure you are eating right, reduce the stress in your life, get enough exercise, etc. These things really do count when it comes to your health. Thinking back to when I got the paronychia, I had been sick with a cold all week, we were traveling out of town for the weekend, and I hadn't been sleeping well because of stress and the cold. I was not taking care of myself, my immune system already had to work hard to fight the cold and it just couldn't handle the bacteria in the water that resulted in the paronychia.

Life does get in the way of good health sometimes but if I want to boost my immune system, then I am going to have to make different things priorities. I know that I function best with eight to nine hours of sleep each night and I need to do everything I can to make sure I get that. Knowing your body will help you determine the amount you typically need. Vitamin C is an immune booster and squeezing a half of a lemon into your water each day will help your body fight off all the many germs and bacteria that we are faced with each day.

Rather than turning to candy or junk food when we get stressed, making an extra effort to eat right will help your body work well despite the stress. Eating right is more than just not eating candy. Cooking from scratch (a very frugal thing to do) is so much better for you than packaged, convenience foods. There are so many unnatural preservatives and artificial stuff in these types of things, that not only are most of the healthy parts of foods nonexistent by the time you eat that box of food, but you are also eating a bunch of fake stuff that certainly is not good for you. Eating healthy basics like a salad, homemade whole grain bread, healthy proteins, etc. is the best thing you can do for your body. Now I need to do more of that and hopefully I will avoid any more random illnesses in my future.

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    • healingone profile image

      healingone 

      7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for posting this. Good points. I regularly make myself some fresh garlic tea with a dab of honey and lemon and drink a few glasses a month. And I do include echinacea in my normal vitamin routine.

      Luv & Blessings!

      ;)

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      mike10years 

      8 years ago

      ARICLE IS SO INFORMATIVE, I MUST SAY I LOVE YOU

    • Paper Moon profile image

      Paper Moon 

      9 years ago from In the clouds

      I have noticed every time I get a whopper flu that knocks me down and drags me around, it is when I have not had enough sleep and a high stress event. I am currently getting over one now. Same causes. great hub.

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      frogyfish 

      9 years ago from Central United States of America

      Great information here for us all to heed. Went to your paronychia hub. Is your infection fungal post-bacterial or just bacterial? And have you tried soaking it in silver? That would help both types. Best wishes to you and thanks for hub.

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      Melody Lagrimas 

      9 years ago from Philippines

      Very informative...these are indeed immune system boosters.

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