Sometimes our bodies need a boost to help keep us as healthy as we can be. If you’ve been self-quarantining but feel like you need a little immunity boost, learn more about what you can do from home, plus the benefits of IV Therapy.
How the Immune Systems Works
The immune system is what protects our bodies from germs and other cell changes that could potentially make us sick. It’s made up of different organs, cells, and proteins that all work to keep us healthy, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information. They detail that the main jobs of our immune system is:
- Fighting disease-causing germs like different bacteria, viruses, parasites, or fungi and remove them from the body
- Recognizing and neutralizing harmful substances from the environment
- Fighting disease-causing changes in the body, like cancer cells
Our immune system works automatically, without us having to do any work. In fact, you never notice it’s working until it’s not. If your immune system isn’t functioning properly, meaning you can’t fight off tough pathogens, then that’s when you get sick.
However, sometimes once you get sick with a certain illness, that’s the only time you’ll get it. This is because your immune system remembers how to fight it off, so it can begin the fight faster than it did the first time. So, if it’s an illness you’ve never had before, you are more likely to get sick.
Some illnesses, like the seasonal flu or stomach bug, can give you immunity for months after you became ill due to the antibodies. However, because the strains of these viruses change yearly, your immune system’s remembrance of last year’s flu won’t protect you from this year’s.
There are also some illnesses, like the chickenpox, that only make you sick the first time. If you had chickenpox as a child, you’re probably not going to get it as an adult.
What Causes the Immune System to Fail?
Sometimes the immune system can be suppressed. This can happen for a couple of different reasons, including lifestyle factors. University of Rochester Medical Center notes the main ways the immune system can fail. These include:
- Primary immune deficiency: being born with a weakened immune system
- Acquired immune deficiency: contracting a disease that weakens the immune system
- Having an immune system that’s too active: which can happen with allergic reactions
- Autoimmune diseases: when your immune system turns against you
Lifestyle factors can also affect your immune system. You are more likely to suffer from a weakened immune system if you smoke, drink alcohol, or aren’t getting enough vitamins and minerals from your diet.
Thankfully, there are things that we can do to help our immune systems work at their utmost potential. Here are ways you can boost your immunity from the comfort of your own home:
- Focus on your diet: limit carbs and sugar, and get more fruits and vegetables. Eating things like garlic, broccoli, oranges, carrots, and more all have properties that will help give you a stronger immune system.
- Exercise: aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. This doesn’t have to be vigorous, it can be as simple as going on a walk. Exercise helps our bodies become stronger to better fight off any potential illnesses.
- Sleep: be sure you are getting a full night of sleep each night, ideally at least eight hours. When you are asleep, your body has time to rest and recover. Our bodies need to be better rested to be able to fight infection.
- Sunshine: we’re more susceptible to illness in the winter months because we aren’t out in the sunshine as much. When we’re out in the sun, we are exposed to vitamin D. Did you know that most people are vitamin D deficient? When deficient in this vitamin, we increase our chances of getting sick.
If you need a little more help than these at-home remedies, try IV nutritional therapy here at Interventional Pain Associates. Before an illness happens, our bodies have several different processes it goes through. For example the pH of the body becomes acidic, cell function isn’t working properly, epigenetic expression of the cells change, and more. Here at Interventional Pain Associates, we look for clues of the disease process and begin treatment to heal the underlying problems. We do this with IV nutritional therapy, which not only helps with enhancing your immunity, but also to:
- Combat aging
- Control stress
- Treat chronic fatigue
- Help chronic pain
Do all you can to help keep your body healthy during these unprecedented times. If you want to help give your immune system an ultra-boost, call us today to learn more: (512)-795-7575.