You Can Influence Your Immune System More Than You Think You Can

SoulAdvisor | 27 Sep 2021
You Can Influence Your Immune System More Than You Think You Can

Our immune system is crucial to the state of our health. Interestingly, we can influence the state of our immune system, possibly more than we think. As reported in Shape, a study from Stanford University examined the blood samples of over 100 sets of twins and found that three-quarters of their immune system differences were not related to genetic traits.

4 ways to support your immune system

With this in mind, we should all give our immune system a helping hand where we can. Some practical ways to do this include:

1. Lower your stress levels

It’s important to carve out time for your hobbies and things that help you to relax, so that your immune system is not constantly working over-time. Meditation is an activity that has been shown to reduce stress levels, with studies finding that it triggers the part of our brain that positively affects our immune system. 

2. Laugh out loud 

Take this as permission to watch your favourite YouTube videos or movies that make you laugh. Studies have found that people who laughed out loud at least once while watching a funny video had a 50 to 100% increase in the cells that fight off viruses.

3. Eat good foods

Our diet is a key source of vitamins and nutrients, so eating a variety of vegetables and whole grains is important. This is as “deficiencies in zinc, selenium, iron, copper, folic acid, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E could all affect your immunity”. Supplements may also assist, but do seek the advice of a health professional if this is something you are considering.

4. Get the blood flowing with exercise or a massage

You may be tired of hearing exercise constantly touted as a solution for good health, but there is a good reason why this the case. Exercise helps to boost immunity because it encourages the body’s cellular waste removal system to remove the toxins from your body. Another way to get the blood flowing is to have a massage, with research finding that a massage after exercise can be even more beneficial for your immune system.

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7 Ways to Naturally Strengthen Your Immune System | Shape

Environment, Not Genes, Plays Starring Role In Human Immune Variation, Study Finds | Stanford Medicine

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