During the pandemic, many people are taking extra care to stay well with measures such as wearing masks in public, maintaining physical distance, and washing their hands frequently. This is also a time when we should be thinking about ways to bolster our immune system to help us fight off not only COVID-19 but also all kinds of illness.
Your immune system protects your body from harmful substances, including viruses, bacteria, fungi, and toxins. It is made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that work together.
Without an immune system, you’d likely be sick all the time — if you lived very long!
The immune system consists of two parts: the innate immune system you are born with, and the adaptive immune system the body develops as it is exposed to microbes over time. These two systems are closely related and work together when a germ or other outside substance triggers an immune response.
Your immune system doesn’t protect you perfectly 100% of the time. Most people gets sick once in a while, even if it is just a common cold or stomach bug. But when you think of all the bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens you’re exposed to every day, it’s evident your immune system is working hard 24/7.
Knowing this, it makes sense to look for ways to help our immune system function better.
If you want your immune system to be in top form, consider some of the holistic health practices that can help boost your body’s immune response.
Here are some things you can do that may help you strengthen your immune system:
Holistic health looks at your body as a complex system with physical, emotional, and spiritual components. This mirrors how your immune system works — like a huge orchestra where every instrument needs to perform well in order for the whole to function at its best. Boosting your immune system from a whole-body, holistic point of view might be the best way to enable your body to fight off illness and maintain optimal health.
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