Immunity Health Tips
Sleep experts agree that most people need at least seven hours of sleep a night to function at their best. Missing out on deep sleep has been linked to a laundry list of health issues, including those that result from an impaired immune system. Studies show that sleep deprivation can alter the immune response. Levels of white blood cells, T- and B- lymphocytes, and immunoglobulins have all been shown to be altered by sleep deprivation.
In a recent study of more than 1,000 adults, people who exercised at least five days a week had 43% fewer upper respiratory tract symptoms than those who exercised one day a week or less. Even when they got sick, frequent exercisers reported symptoms that were one-third less severe. Exercise may improve immunity in several ways:
- Helping flush bacteria out of your lungs reducing the risk of respiratory infections and viruses
- Speeding up antibody and white blood cell response. Faster-circulating blood may also activate hormones that warn immune cells of intruding bacteria or viruses.
- Raising body temperature, which may prevent bacterial growth and allow your body to fight infection more effectively.
- Slowing down the release of stress-related hormones that increase the chance of illness.
Washing your hands often during the day can go a long way toward protecting you from germs and bacteria. Other practical suggestions:
- Wipe down gym equipment before and after you use it. Carry a personal sanitizer.
- Use sanitizing wipes to de-germ your grocery cart.
Drink six to eight glasses of water a day. A well-hydrated system delivers oxygen and nutrients to your cells, while flushing out bacteria and other harmful substances.
Your immune system works hard to keep you healthy. Remember to keep Airborne® on hand so you're ready to support your immune system. Support your body's protective mechanisms to stay at your healthy best all year long.
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