The immune system produces antibodies to fight antigens.
With the weather changing, our bodies must fight to keep healthy. The dips in temperatures and the increasing and decreasing humidity levels wreak havoc on our immune systems. Our bodies try to heat us up and cool us down, all in the same day!
This weather transition also causes us to be in closer proximity with others. Germs and pathogens are more easily passed from one to another. The atmospheric conditions often will be a good place for these contaminates to live and prosper.
The difference between a person who catches every bug that comes along and those who seem to always be on top of their game is a strong immune system. We should all take steps to support our immune systems so they are ready to attack any antigen that gets into our body. Antigens are foreign invaders such as parasites, viruses, fungi, or bacteria. The body produces antibodies to fight for our health. Antibodies can also be produced if the body mistakes its own cell tissue as an invader.
Some simple steps to enhance your immune response include:
- Getting enough sleep. This is your body’s repair time.
- Drink plenty of water. Being hydrated will allow your immune system to get moving faster if there is an attack.
- Eat well and eat often. Choosing the right foods and avoiding strong hunger will keep your motor running on high octane.
- Exercise regularly. This helps increase circulation and will help get any toxins out and oxygen and nutrition flowing throughout you body, helping it to be more responsive.
- Take your vitamins daily.. Having the right “raw materials” will give your immunity what it needs to go through all its processes. A multivitamin is the basic. Also needed are vitamin C and plenty of antioxidants.
These simple steps, taken now before true winter starts, will help keep you functioning and working and happy. And the people around you will be happier to see you healthy rather than sneezing, sniffling, or . . .worse.
Be well. Perform well. Stay well.