Facts about the immune system

  • Eating fruits and vegetables helps your immune system fight viruses and bacteria.
  • A positive attitude can help your body fight illnesses.
  • Covering your mouth when you cough or sneeze can keep germs at bay.
  • Sucking your baby's pacifier can make them less likely to develop allergies, a recent study found.
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  • A lack of sleep does not affect your immune system. There is a strong link between restorative sleep and a healthy immune system.
  • Supplements can help you get better faster. Taking megadoses of one vitamin has not been proven to support the immune system.
  • Kids need supplements. They really should get vitamins and minerals from eating nutritious foods.
  • Exercise does not affect the immune system. Exercise lowers blood pressure, keeps body weight under control and can protect you from some diseases.
Your immune system is your friend

Your immune system defends your body from infection. If you can support it, there will be benefits.

Your immune system creates, stores, and distributes white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses you are exposed to.

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8 Vitamins & Minerals You Need for a Healthy Immune System

Who doesn’t want a healthy immune system? (Raise your hand. No one?) But did you know the role your diet plays in keeping it in top shape to protect you from toxins and infections?

Sadly, too many of us don’t eat enough of the fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods we need to keep ourselves healthy year-round. Healthy foods provide many substances including vitamins and minerals to keep us strong and healthy. You can’t just eat an orange or grapefruit or pop a vitamin pill and expect one quick burst of vitamin C to prevent a cold and to boost your immune system.


Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day

Everyone has a different requirement for water. Temperature, humidity, size, age, gender and activity have an influence on your fluid needs.

Instead, drink when you are thirsty.

False Remedies

Much like a hundred years ago when Spanish Flu killed millions, questionable medicinal concoctions and folk remedies have surfaced across the world, claiming to boost the immune system.

Social media is super quick to spread nutritional advice, home remedies, and bizarre ideas. Some are straightforward like seeking out foods rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants, many pseudoscientists are peddling products like probiotics, cayenne pepper, and green tea as ways to protect us from the virus, which they cannot.

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