The best foods to boost your immune system

The best foods to boost your immune system

Having a strong immune system is crucial to protect the body and keeping it free of infections, diseases and illnesses. Dietary deficiencies can lead to a weakened immune system, making the body vulnerable to various health problems, especially during cold season.

The immune system is not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony. Researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, herbal supplements and other factors on the immune systemโ€™s response to them.

Experts from the Harvard Medical School's teach others that following general good-health guidelines is the best step to keep immune systems strong and healthy. Every part of the body functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:

- Do not smoke.

- Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low in saturated fat.

- Exercise regularly.

- Maintain a healthy weight.

- Control blood pressure.

- Drink alcohol in moderation.

- Get adequate sleep.

- Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.

- Get regular medical screening tests for people in your age and risk category.

The following video provides some easy but very helpful recipes and tips to follow a proper diet.

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