The immune system is what protects the body from infection and disease. Taking care of yourself will help your immune system take care of you.
Stay up to date on immunizations. Staying up to date on the recommended vaccines for your age, health condition, job, and travel habits is a safe and effective way to strengthen your natural defenses. Visit CDC’s Adult Vaccine Assessment Tool to see what vaccines are recommended for you.
Eat a balanced diet. The immune system requires nourishment to function properly. Be sure to include plenty of vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, whole grains, and healthy protein sources in your diet.
Be active every day. As the weather gets colder, people tend to stay indoors more and move a bit less than in the warmer months. Stay active throughout the fall and winter to maintain a healthy immune system.
Quit smoking and limit alcohol. Both smoking and too much alcohol can weaken the immune system, making the body less successful at fighting disease.
Don’t let stress go unmanaged. Unmanaged stress can also weaken the immune system. Deep breathing, exercise, listening to music, and unplugging from social media are some examples of constructive stress management techniques.
Catch plenty of zzz’s. The body produces and releases proteins that are involved in the immune system’s response to infection and inflammation when you sleep. The National Sleep Foundation recommends adults sleep seven to nine hours a night.
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