Three ways you can support healthy immune function

Your immune system is responsible for keeping your body healthy, fighting off infection, and helping you heal. And like most areas of your health, making healthy lifestyle choices can help to support your immune health.

If you’re looking to give your immune system a boost, here are some tips to help keep you healthy!

1. Taking vitamins and supplements

When it comes to preventing infections and diseases, it’s important for your immune system to stay in top condition. One way to bolster your immune health is to add vitamins and nutrients that you may not get through your diet.

The following vitamins and nutrients can help support healthy immune function:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Folate
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
  • Magnesium

Please keep in mind that not every supplement is appropriate for every person. Be sure to speak with your primary care provider before adding any of these to your routine.

2. Get good quality rest

Getting enough sleep has a direct effect on your immune system. When you consistently get the recommended 7-9 hours of quality rest, it helps strengthen your immune memory. This means that your immune system is better able to recognize and respond to dangerous antigens and other foreign substances in the body.

3. Exercise regularly

Numerous studies show that regular exercise helps prevent many chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. The data also suggest that getting regular physical activity can boost your immunity and lower your risk for certain acute illnesses, such as the common cold and influenza. Aim to get about 150 minutes (2.5 hours) of moderate-intensity physical activity each week, including 1-2 days of resistance or strength training.

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