A healthy immune system is
an aggressive age fighter that helps keep us feeling good,
looking good and bustling with energy. If the immune system
functions properly, we can put our health-related worries to
rest. But as we age, our immune system, like an ageing
cricketer, loses some of its vigour.
This amazingly complex defensive unit
gradually deteriorates and its ability to tackle invading
organisms fades out.
The immune system comprises millions of cells
having many specialised roles. The immune system reaches its
optimum level just about the time you touch puberty. While some
declines in immunity may be a natural part of the process of
ageing, experts says that adopting a few lifestyle changes can
keep your immunity on your guard for a longer period of time.
Let's take a look at some ways and means to
boost the body's natural defences:
Bust that Stress: Stress has been
found to stifle the immune system. Emerging evidence also
supports the theory. Scientists have propounded that steroids
are produced by the adrenal glands during times of stress and
they are eventually released and affect the activities of immune
system cells. To get rid of that stress try exploring
interesting options like playing with kids or pets, watching a
comedy movie, reading an enjoyable book, travelling etc.
Eating the Right Stuff: The kind of
diet we subscribe to directly affects the immunity. Specific
nutrients play categorical roles in pushing the immunity up and
down. It's very important to pump up your iron as it is a vital
nutrient to enable the immune system to nab intruders. Mineral
nutrients like magnesium, zinc and selenium are of paramount
importance for upping the immunity levels. Among the vitamins,
Vitamin A, B6, C, D and E are your immunity's best friends.
Stay Fit: To keep your immune system
at its best, try sweating out a bit (if not a lot). Walking,
jogging, swimming or cycling for 20 minutes a day can help you
strengthen the vigilance of the immune system to a good extent.
Kick the Butt: Tobacco smoke is
composed of formaldehyde, a chemical that makes us susceptible
to respiratory ailments. Giving up smoking is strongly advised
if you have a weak immunity.
Sleep Tight: While several parts of
the body take rest during sleep, the immune system still remains
active. So it has less competition for the nutrients needed to
strengthen the disease-fighting mechanism. Six to eight hours of
sleep is what we definitely need to better the immune system.