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Your Immune System: Boost Your Knowledge

If you would have said a year ago that the immune system would be the focus of so many headlines, pretty sure we would have been like “no it won’t”. But here we are.

I googled “boost your immune system” as I was writing this and got 178,000,000 results.

Boost: To push or shove from up from below; increase or raise

Merriam-Webster

This is not a word game. You don’t really want to “shove” any organ or system in your body. The meaning behind the words is getting at making sure our bodies are as healthy as they can be every day so we’re ready in times of greater need.

What if I told you a key to helping keep yourself healthy is to eat a variety of foods from all five food groups, get adequate sleep, and move regularly?

World Health Organization’s definition of a healthy diet:What is a healthy diet

If you want specifics about nutrients, you can find some credible sources for that (see below for a few). I personally like to think in terms of meals, snacks, and what we eat over the course of the day or week. If you keep this in mind, you can put yourself on a path to enjoy your choices, meet your needs, and be healthy, even before sickness comes our way – and that, dear friends, is right where we want to be:

balanced eating plant basedAction list:

  • Eat a variety of foods from all five food groups and choose a variety within each food group.
  • Practice portion control (eating too much of one thing, even a nutritious thing, might mean you aren’t leaving room for other nutritious things).
  • Brush and floss daily.
  • Wash your hands regularly. With soap.
  • Clean the house regularly.
  • Make sleep a priority every day.
  • Make exercise a priority every week.

Take a moment to consider what you are powering your body with every day. Picture yourself as a super hero, the main character, in a movie. Would it change how you eat or prioritize your health? You can rescue yourself from poor choices. Which one will you tackle first?

Read more (check out my other blogs, too):

CDC: How You Can Prevent Chronic Disease

Support Your Health With Nutrition

How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy

CDC: Healthy Living