Dr. Khalid is a physician, a researcher, a health writer, and holds a Ph.D. in clinical research.
Are You Aware of The Power of Your Immune System?
The immune system is the force that keeps your body engaged and motivated in fighting against your unseen enemies. Your neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, basophils, and eosinophils protect you every moment and consistently help you withstand the microbial attacks. Immunity is the key to the survival and sustenance of every living being on earth. You may wonder while feeling low sometimes under the stress of work or family issues that increase your anxiety and reduce your self-worth. While some other times, you experience difficulty coping with the stress of unforeseen diseases that challenge your acquired and humoral immunity. People with long-term disease conditions or disabilities find it hard to manage their daily living activities, particularly under the influence of unfavorable circumstances. Low immunity not only makes you weak but also reduces your ability to withstand the stress of life. You start searching for ways to improve your active immunity as soon as your disease condition or stressful circumstances challenge your adaptability to knock down your immune system. The better you understand the power of your immune system, the more conveniently you will challenge the unseen invaders.
What are the Possible Ways to Defeat Your Low Immunity?
Approach a qualified physician as soon as you start feeling low and when your immune system makes you feel the need for external support to challenge the disease pathogens. However, you must also consider and practice the following steps to reduce your risk of low immunity and unwelcomed disease conditions.
Never Believe in any Magical Remedy for Increasing the Power of Your Immune System!
You may come across many resources and personnel telling you about the magical power of selected remedies to charge your immune system. You need to understand that your immune system is a complex web of millions of biological processes that work in coordination to sustain your existence. You should adopt scientifically proven methods for improving the functionality of your natural and cellular immunity. Regular exercise and a healthy diet are necessary to improve the overall functionality of your immune system. You must consult a health expert and a dietician to customize your exercise and nutrition management plans based on your immunity requirements. Remember that the consumption of extra calories not only increases your risk of diseases but also reduces your quality-adjusted life years.
Sleep Well to Stay Healthy
Remember that there is no global rule for maintaining your sleep cycle. Your body’s metabolic requirements determine your resting hours, and they may vary from person to person. For example, an athlete may require 5-6 hours of sound sleep per day to stay healthy and active. On the other hand, an office going man may need 8-9 hours of sleep to safeguard his immune system. You must ask your body about its sleep requirements and do not force it to compromise the number of hours it fixes for itself based on the energy requirements and work demands. An honest assessment of your body’s needs is conducive to determine its desired sleep hours. However, this does not mean that you oversleep and give extra rest to your body, which will again add to your stress and disrupt the physiological processes. Adequate sleep is a key to rejuvenating your cells and defeating the free radicals that leave no room to counter your immune system.
Consume an Admixture of Fruits and Vegetables to Improve Your Active Immunity
You require considering seasonal variations while deciding about the types of vegetables and fruits for daily consumption. Season-based fruits and vegetables provide you the desired nutrition and increase your body’s fitness. You need to calculate your energy requirements based on your body mass index and select the favorable combinations of fruits and vegetables to reduce the risk of nutritional deficiencies. An adequate intake of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and healthy fat is necessary to reduce the risk of immune system compromise.
Weight Management is the Best Way to Improve Your Immune System
A healthy diet and exercise undoubtedly assist you to improve your weight. Never ignore the impact of your environment and mental health on your metabolic requirements. This finding indicates that you should plan your day while considering the circumstances and factors that increase the risk of low immunity despite complying with a healthy routine. For example, to the extent possible, you should try to reduce your workload and increase your social activities to enhance your coping skills against stressful situations. Extended hours of interaction with the computer system and unnecessary engagement with social media add to your stress and challenge your active immunity. Face to face meetings and positive interactions with friends and relatives hold value since they support your humoral immunity while improving your mental health and wellness.
Compliance with Hygiene is Necessary to Protect Your Humoral Immunity
Understand the basics of hand hygiene and wash your hands thoroughly with recommended soaps or antiseptics before and after every meal, shaking hands, preparing the food, and of course, attending nature’s call. These steps will safeguard you from microbial invasion to a considerable extent. You should make sure to wear masks while stepping out from the home to protect your respiratory system from bacterial and viral attacks. Hygiene is not only a way to live healthily but also stops you from transferring infection inside your home and in public places.
Engage Your Mind in Positive Activities
Never undermine the importance of mental health while remediating your immune system. A range of activities that improve mental health indirectly influence your immunity and coping skills. You must try engaging yourself in solving numerical puzzles or perform similar interventions based on your interest and adaptability to engage your mind in meaningful activities. A cognitively competent brain also helps you to make appropriate decisions for maintaining your immune system. Think positive, and you will find innovative ways to challenge the detrimental pathogens.
Say No to Smoking and Alcoholism
Your friends may tell you to smoke and drink alcohol occasionally, if not weekly. However, every sip of alcohol increases your risk of liver disease, cancers, while each bit of smoke invites lung cancer and challenges the survival of your best friend, which is none other than your immunity.
Your body’s risk of low immunity increases with age. Look for viable options to receive vaccines based on your age and disease risk factors. Enquire about the approved vaccines to improve your active and passive immunity, especially when you are a frequent traveler. Your family physician will guide you about your vaccine options as soon as you consult him/her about your health and wellness. Never shy away from approaching the physician even in a healthy state to safeguard your immune system.
Never Consume Health Supplements and Herbs Without Getting a Physician’s Recommendation
Never consume herbal supplements without knowing their scientific relevance. Always approach a physician or a qualified health expert to understand your need for a health supplement to improve your immunity. The intake of herbs with a health expert’s advice will not only safeguard you from their long-term complications but also help you to evaluate their outcomes.
This content is for informational purposes only and does not substitute for formal and individualized diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed medical professional. Do not stop or alter your current course of treatment. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
© 2020 Dr Khalid Rahman