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Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Immune System

By Angela Reynolds

Your body's immune system is responsible for keeping you well. If your immune system is not functioning at its best you will become sick and your body will be unable to fight off diseases. There are some very basic things we can do to help to insure our body will have a healthy immune system.

The absolute best thing we can do to insure we have a healthy immune system is to eat a healthy diet. A low-fat diet which contains fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, beans, fish, and healthy oils is the best defense for building a healthy immune system.

The antioxidants, vitamins A, B6, C and E, are also very important to a healthy immune system. Antioxidants are effective in helping to prevent heart disease and many forms of cancer. Vitamin A can be found in foods such as carrots, spinach, cantaloupe, and dairy products. Vitamin B6 can be found in foods such as bananas, lentils, fish, wholegrain flour, and sunflower seeds. Vitamin C can be found in foods such as kiwi fruit, citrus fruits, green peppers, and broccoli. Vitamin E can be found in foods such as avocados, whole grains, and vegetable oils.

Minerals like iron, selenium and zinc are also very important for a healthy immune system. Good sources of iron are red meats, dried beans, leafy greens, and tofu. Good sources of selenium are fish, grains and nuts, and good sources of zinc are seafood, eggs, pumpkin seeds, and cooked oysters.

Drinking teas made from cinnamon and ginger can help you to have a healthy immune system and fight illness.

Eating an unhealthy diet and living an unhealthy lifestyle are two of the worst things you can do for your immune system. Avoiding sugar, caffeine, fatty foods, fried foods, processed meats, processed foods, excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, excessive sun exposure, and exposure to harmful chemicals can help you to have a healthy immune system.

Other simple things you can do to insure a healthy immune system are to get adequate restorative sleep, exercise regularly, wash your hands frequently, and lower your stress levels.

Stress is one of the worst things for your immune system. Stress causes the healthy immune system to break down. With that breakdown of our healthy immune system come illness and less disease protection. Keeping your stress level moderately low can help to insure you have a healthy immune system to protect you when you need it.
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