5 simple ways to strengthen the immune system
The body’s immune system is stronger than you think. How powerful are you asking? Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania recently extracted immune cells from three leukemia patients and genetically engineered them into “serial killer” cells, designed to attack one type of tumor cell and then another type of tumor cell. The study was small in scale and the treatment effect was still experimental, but the results were groundbreaking-two patients had complete remission and the other patient had a significant anti-tumor response. The modified immune system cells multiply at least 1,000 times in the body, destroying cancer cells, and stimulating a group of “memory” cells that may prevent relapse.
Is this treatment useful for other types of cancer? Maybe. A lot of research is still needed, but this research shows that as long as you have the right choice, your immune system can fight the ridiculously ridiculous and killer effect and keep you healthy. Gene therapy is indeed a very serious problem, but you should take relatively simple steps every day to strengthen your immune system, especially when we enter the sniffing season. Some of the best:
1. Eat lean protein at every meal. No food can magically fight the flu, but certain nutrients will take the lead to help protect your body from billions of bacteria, viruses, and other bacteria, and protein is one of them. One reason is that antibodies that help fight disease are made of protein. Another reason: Many foods with high protein content also contain other nutrients that enhance immunity. Lean beef, pork, and beans, proteins in soybeans, and seafood (especially oysters and crabs) all contain zinc, which is a mineral that helps increase the production of white blood cells that fight infection. Even a slight zinc deficiency can increase your sensitivity to infection. Nuts, such as almonds and cashews, are also good sources of protein and magnesium, both of which help maintain a healthy immune system.
2. Shoot 5 glasses of fruits and vegetables every day. Almost anyone is good, but if you want to choose, then choose vitamins rich in vitamins A, C, and E. This is why: Vitamin A (which you get from sweet potatoes, carrots, and dark green leafy vegetables) helps white blood cells fight infection more effectively; it also helps regulate the immune system. Citrus fruits (such as lemons, oranges, and grapefruits), as well as green peppers, papayas, and broccoli all, contain vitamin C. This vitamin C can improve the absorption of iron in plant foods and help the immune system prevent diseases. Vitamin E found in nuts, seeds, and radish greens have been shown in scientific research to fight influenza and upper respiratory tract infections. If you eat a variety of green foods (orange, yellow, and red) in a balanced diet, then you will get all the good things you need to help fight disease. Taking multivitamin or mineral supplements may be helpful in some cases, but please consult your doctor-sometimes excessive doses of certain minerals can cause imbalances and suppress your immune response.
3. Walk for 10 minutes several times a day. 20 to 30 minutes of physical exercise every day can enhance many defenses of the immune system. Exercise causes antibodies and white blood cells to pass through the body faster, so diseases can be detected faster. Besides, increased circulation may also trigger the release of hormones, thereby “warning” the immune cells that invade the pathogen. Maintain moderate exercise; high-intensity activities, such as marathon running or intense physical exercise, may reduce the number of white blood cells circulating in the body and increase the risk of illness.
4. Reduce stress. Do yoga, play with dogs, listen to music-find ways to relax, because research shows that stress can change the way the immune system works. The preliminary study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, examined two groups of people: caregivers of family members with cancer and individuals without such stress. Scientists found that caregiver’s white blood cells had problems, making them less responsive to inflammation and increasing the risk of illness.
5. Limit drinking. One is ok for most people, good for some people, but drinking more alcohol will suppress the immune system. A new study from Brown University shows that excessive drinking is toxic to cells of the immune system called dendritic cells, which play a vital role in helping to find and destroy invading microorganisms. This can lead to serious infections and even life-threatening, not to mention increased vulnerability to cold and flu viruses.