Understanding How Your Immune System Works


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Your immune system is one of the most complex systems in your body, and is responsible for how your body fends off “attacks” and how you function on a daily level. It is made up of organs and cells that fight off infections due to bacteria, parasites, fungi, and viruses, either by preventing them from entering the body or destroying them once they get inside. The immune system’s lack of response or inability to deal with these situations results in illness and other health issues that can require medical attention.

Ensuring that you’re giving your immune system the support it needs is the single best way to remain healthy. And your diet has one of the largest impacts on the health and stability of your immune system.

To start, fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins C, E, and A, as well as antioxidants, help to bolster the immune system, keeping it running its best. Apricots, broccoli, peaches, tomatoes, cantaloupe, berries, and greens are all amazing for this purpose; however, just about anything in your produce section contains at least one nutrient that is immune-system friendly. So fill your plate up with fruits and vegetables to give your body everything it needs to keep you feeling your best! Juicing is also a powerful way to help boost your immune system during the cold and flu seasons. For simple tips on how to protect your family from the cold and flu, here are some simple cold protection tips.

Sources:
http://www.niaid.nih.gov/topics/immunesystem/pages/whatisimmunesystem.aspx
http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/antioxidants-your-immune-system-super-foods-optimal-health