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Improve Immune System Function without Supplements
How to improve immune system
Eat a healthy diet: A diet rich in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients will boost your immune system, you will loose weight and be healthier. Such diet includes different fresh green vegetables which you can eat as much as possible every day without having to worry about extra calories. You should also eat fresh fruit, legumes, grains, nuts, and seeds.
Avoid eating simple carbs because studies show that carbohydrates in the forms of fructose, glucose, or sucrose could significantly reduce the ability of white blood cells to fight off the infections and other invaders.
Get enough sleep: Sleep deprivation will really affect immune system in a negative way. In order for our body to function properly, we need at least 8 hours of sleep daily.
Forgive and forget: This is a tough one, but it is true. If we forgive something we have been holding onto, and just let it go, we can feel so much better, and free, and most importantly, healthy.
Go out to the nature: If possible, not just a city park, but go out of town at least once a week. Sit by the river, watch the water flow, or walk in the forest, listen to birds sing, enjoy the landscape and the peace that nature brings.
This will help you accomplish several different things: you will breathe fresh air needed for your body's optimal function; improve oxygenation; you will relax with the sounds and colors of nature; and this will also help reduce stress.
Exercise: Moderate exercise will help to oxygenate the blood, elevate mood, loose weight and boost immune system. Excessive exercise, on the other hand, can actually suppress immune system.
Laugh and enjoy life: Positive outlook on life will definitely help in all aspects of your health. You might notice that happy and positive people rarely get sick. This interesting fact was demonstrated by several studies and it was proven that negative emotions suppress immune function. As far as laughing goes, there are even special laugh therapies that have been developed. Sometimes just watching a feel-good comedy will do the trick.
Manage Stress: Per doctors Murray and Pizzorno, stress increases the levels of adrenal gland hormones, which inhibit the formation of white blood cells and cause the shrinkage of our thymus gland. So if you want to boost your immune system, learn some stress management techniques. Listen to some relaxing music, take a walk in the park, spend time with your loved ones, etc.
Sugar effects on the cells of the immune system
Encyclopedia of natural medicine, Murray and Pizzorno, 151