HIV & AIDS: 10 Easy Ways to Boost Your Body’s Immune System [+Video]

Today is World AIDS day, a day to look back in time and reflect and remember those individuals that have passed on from this deadly disease.

Moving forward it should also be a call to action for healthcare professionals to help us Get to Zero.

The virus that causes AIDS, HIV, breaks down a person immune system to the point where any type of disease, big or small might become the one thing that kills a person with AIDS.

Protecting your immune system would then seem like a positive reality, so I have assembled a list of things we can all do to help boost our immune system, and keep it strong.

Here are 10 things you can do to help boost your immune system.

1.) Stop smoking. Smoking cigarettes kills white blood cells and different enzymes in your blood, weakening you immune system. Long term smoking makes breathing difficult, and this makes for less oxygen in your blood, limiting the nourishment of the red blood cells, which then cannot rely on the white blood cells for help with this nourishment, creating a downward spiral for you immune system.

2.) Eliminate Stress by controlling your blood pressure. Chronic stress has been known to increase your blood pressure, and the associated hypertension suppresses our immune system. It is estimated that nearly 70% of all illnesses and diseases can be attributed to stress.

3.) Get an adequate amount of sleep daily. Lack of sleep causes all kinds of problems in your body, and it also breaks down your resistance to things like colds and the flu. So get a good night’s sleep, every night.

4.) Maintain your proper weight. Obesity leads to many immune system malfunctions, and being even a little bit overweight contributes to an imbalance.

5.) Get regular exercise. Exercise burns calories and helps maintain a healthy balance for your body. By keeping you bidy healthy, you keep your immune system healthy as well.

6.) Eat Right. Maintaining a diet rich in anti-oxidants, with large amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and low in saturated fats will go a long way to keeping that perfect balance.

7.) Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol. Excessive alcohol consumption will damage your immune system in 2 ways. First, it reduces your white blood cell count, and white blood cells fight infection. Second, alcohol causes “blood sludging,” a process whereby red blood cells clump together, thus allowing smaller blood vessels to plug up, limiting the amount of oxygen your organs and immune system receive.

8.) Take appropriate steps to avoid infection and bacteria. Washing your hands numerous times daily will prevent a host of different viruses and bacteria from entering your body. Additionally, meats and poultry may carry different types of bacteria, so cooking these meats thoroughly has health benefits.

9.) Do a bowel cleanse. Your colon traps all sorts of toxins that your body can’t process, and a colon cleanse promotes healthy intestinal bacteria. When you evacuate your bowel, your intestine tells your brain that new bacteria are being assembled in your colon, and your brain creates a sort of pro-biotic to handle the new bacteria.

10.) See your Doctor on a regular basis. Keeping up with your body is the best way to know if something is wrong. Your doctor can give you regular wellness evaluations, and along with blood work, can have an look at your overall health.

In conclusion, living a healthy lifestyle is always a good bet, even if you are not at risk for an immune system breakdown. The benefits of it are obvious, and a healthy body and a healthy mind are two things we all need.

Watch this video on the long term effects of chronic stress on the human body.

Article by Jim Donahue

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