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Rev Up Your Immune System

By Katie Reed, RN

Every day, the human body is attacked by a barrage of bacteria and viruses, and every day, the immune system fights back! Here are some ways to help the immune system keep winning the battle.


Stress Management: Stress can reduce immune functioning and make you more susceptible to infection. After the events of 2020, it’s more important than ever to take stress management seriously. Find daily activities that reduce stress, like laughter, taking a walk, or meditation.


Sleep: Did you know lack of sleep can make you sick? Your immune system needs sleep to fight infectious diseases, so be sure to get enough sleep each night.


Exercise: Exercise improves circulation, which helps the immune system function effectively throughout the body. But that’s not all! Regular exercise can have a profound effect on your overall wellbeing, including physical, mental, and emotional.


Diet: A well-balanced, healthy diet consisting of a variety of nutrients is important for good immune functioning. Below is a list of foods that contain high amounts of the immune system’s favorite nutrients. For an immune system boost, keep these tasty food on your menu!


Bell peppers

Broccoli

Avocado

Garlic

Ginger

Dark green leafy

vegetables (spinach,

kale, etc.)

Lean meat and poultry

Fish, eggs

Legumes

Yogurt

Beans

Almonds and other

nuts

Papaya

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