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With the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa, the arrival of the Ebola virus in the United States, this year's dramatic increase in Enterovirus infections, and the flu season upon us, many have wondered what they can do.
A Healthy Immune System is Key
The first line of defense is your skin. Skin forms a waterproof barrier that prevents pathogens from entering the body. Your body cavities, such as the nose and mouth, are lined with mucous membranes. Mucous membranes produce sticky mucus which can trap bacteria and other pathogens. Other fluids produced by the body help to protect your internal layers from invasion by pathogens. Gastric juice produced by the stomach has high acidity which helps to kill off many of the bacteria in food. Saliva washes pathogens off your teeth and helps to reduce the amount of bacteria and other pathogens in your mouth.
If bacteria or other pathogens manage to get through these initial defenses, they encounter a second line of defense involving lymphocytes found in your blood and also in lymph nodes, the spleen, and the thymus.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that people with weakened immune systems become more susceptible to infections and have a harder time recovering.
What can I do to strengthen my immune system?
1. Avoid processed foods (prepackaged meals, fast food, commercially canned food)
2. Get adequate sleep
3. Stay hydrated with clean water (see blog on water)
4. Avoid/decrease alcohol and tobacco use
In addition, an individual needs to increase his/her intake of Vitamin C and Zinc. However, consumer, beware! Not all supplements are created equally.
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*This blog is the opinion of the author and in no way implies medical advice. Information taken from patient.co.uk; cdc.gov; health.harvard.edu.