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Get the Digestive Health Strategies to Quickly Boost Your Immune System


WHO COVID-19

There’s no shortage of viruses, illnesses, and flu variations circulating right now. No matter how careful you are to practice social distancing or use hand sanitizer, there is still a very real risk you could come in contact with germs that could infect you or your loved ones.

This is why it’s vital that you focus on strengthening your immune system during these troubled times. When you have a healthy immune system, you’re less likely to become ill if you come into contact with diseases.

You may believe you have a good grasp on how to avoid viruses. But even all the preventive measures in the world won’t make a difference if your immune system is weak and unable to fight even the most basic of germs.

What you may not know is that there’s a secret way to turn your immune system into a warrior that’s fighting for you 24/7 and that’s by strengthening your gut health. You need to know the strategies that keep your body healthy by…

1. Understanding How Your Gut Health Plays a Role in Your Immune System (& What You Can Do to Boost It)

2. Knowing Signs and Symptoms of an Unhealthy Gut (Don’t Ignore These Vital Warning Lights or You’ll Be in Serious Danger)

3. Setting Your Gut Up for Success with a PreBiotic Plan (Embrace the Good Bacteria Your Body Needs)

4. Using Probiotics to Fortify Your Gut Against an Immune System Deficiency (It’s So Much More Than Just Eating Plenty of Yogurt!)

…and more!

The problem with most people is that they assume taking a simple multivitamin, or doing a few minutes of cardio is enough to keep their body healthy.

They’ve been led to believe that a “healthy” immune system is something you either have or you don’t, and that’s not true at all.

As You Age, Your Immune System Suffers More

As time goes on and you continue to age, your immune system becomes worse and worse. When you’re still a baby, you have a pretty poor immune system, but that gets fixed within a few years and after you get adequately vaccinated.

However, once you start transitioning from being an adult to being a senior, that immune system continues to slow down more and more. One of the reasons your immune system doesn’t work as well with age is that your production of white blood cells is slowed down.

Your body continuously produces these cells because they naturally die off and get recycled regularly, but as your production of them slows down, there won’t be as many overall to replace the ones that die.

This leaves you with fewer cells to fight off incoming diseases than you would’ve had when you were younger, making it harder to stave off illness. Some research has found that you may have to get revaccinated after a certain age in order for them to retain their effectiveness.

Vaccines work by essentially giving your white blood cells something to practice on, a very small dose of the disease that they fight and then remember, so that next time they see it they identify it as a threat and take it out swiftly.

As you age, this “knowledge” doesn’t quite get passed down as well through cells, and eventually they might “forget” that a disease they’ve encountered is an enemy. Another issue that your body may encounter with age is an increase in autoimmune diseases, meaning that your body begins to attack itself.

This occurs for a variety of reasons, but it means that your immune system begins to go after healthy body cells that are just doing their job, which can have both light impacts and serious ones.

When it comes to the parts of the immune system that are working properly, they tend to work less well with age. The white blood cells that do go to fight off infections and viruses will do so with less ferocity than they used to, meaning it takes a lot longer to get rid of an illness than it would have when you were younger.

Without the proper speed of an attack, the disease might get a foothold much easier and might have an easier time spreading and overtaking certain parts of the body. It’s important for your longevity and quality of life to do everything you can to bolster your immune system as you age.




Avoiding Alcohol Could Perk Up Your Immune System

You may notice that after nights of heavy drinking, you get pretty sick. While it’s common for people to get hangovers after nights like those, you may even notice things like flu symptoms afterwards, which isn’t necessarily a part of the hangover.

In reality, heavy or consistent drinking can damage and impair your immune system, making you more susceptible to the common cold, the flu, and other diseases. One of the most common reasons why alcohol causes your immune system to fail is that it can lower your overall amount of white blood cells, which are a vital part of your immune system.

These cells are the ones that are responsible for fighting off any diseases that might make their way into your body, but you need to have enough of them. If you don’t have enough, they won’t be able to fight off the disease before it begins to replicate, at which point it will spread and you’ll become sick.

Alcohol also effects the way that your remaining white blood cells act. It impairs them so that they can’t adequately respond to threats like they would normally. This means that they might come across a disease in your body and not fight it or alert other white blood cells to it, allowing the disease to continue spreading without much resistance.

By the time your immune system catches up, it has a much harder fight on its hands, and the recovery will be delayed. In rarer cases, alcohol can also cause the body to defend against itself, through a variety of methods.

This causes your white blood cells to go after perfectly normal, healthy body cells that are supposed to be there, causing damage over time. This is a bit rarer than the normal immune system issues, but it can certainly occur over long periods of consistent alcohol consumption.

Fortunately, most of the damage to your immune system only lasts while you continue to drink, meaning that by stopping your alcohol consumption, you’re going to be able to recover what you lost.

Even by just limiting yourself to one drink per night, you vastly improve your immune system’s performance. In some studies, researchers have found that having a glass of wine every now and again can even help your immune system work more efficiently, so just be sure to not drink too frequently or too heavily if you want to stay healthy.