Strengthening your immune system against infections

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Immunace: Strengthening your immune system against infections

Your immune system is an intricate, co-dependent structure of white blood cells, antibodies, complex proteins, networks, and organs. Some parts of the system act as literal barriers, preventing viruses and bacteria from reaching organs like your brain, while others hunt and remove invaders from your body.

 

Key facts about the immune system

  • Your immune system is your friend. It protects your body from infection. Give it your full support and, as with any friend, there will be perks.
  • Eating fruits and veggies keeps your immune system strong. Studies show that people who eat a lot of them get sick less. The nutrients in them can help your immune system fight viruses and bacteria.
  • Sleep is one of the most important health behaviors for optimal immune function, mental and physical health, and quality of life. Sleep needs vary by person, but most adults need 7-8 hours a night. Teens need 9-10 hours, school-aged kids need at least 10 hours, preschoolers need 11-12 hours, and newborns…



Source: Linda Ikeji