Are you tired of lying in bed and checking your temperature every hour? After all, each of us knows that even a slight increase in body temperature can cause us a lot of inconveniences. How to stimulate immunity to avoid diseases as much as possible?
What is immunity?
Immunity is the body's ability to fight or prevent disease. There are no simple laboratory tests to assess the body's immunity, because it depends on various conditions, including genetic, environmental, and phenotypic ones. In laboratory evaluation, the most important tests are absolute neutrophil count (ANC), lymphocyte count, IgA, and IgG antibody levels.
Immunity generally refers to the body's ability to resist pathogens, stop disease progression, and maintain homeostasis. Immunity is also defined as the body's ability to respond quickly to pathogens, and thus to confront them and recover quickly from the actual disease.
Causes of impaired immunity
- Genetic predisposition (defects in the immune system)
- Rapid temperature change
- Metabolic disorders
- Lack of physical activity
- Little time spent outdoors
- Overuse of stimulants
- Lack of antioxidants
Physical activity and immunity
Moderate physical activity or strength training 3 times a week has a positive effect on the lymphocytes of the immune system, which are responsible for producing antibodies that fight bacteria and other threats in the human body. Strength training greatly affects the secretion of hormones such as growth hormone and testosterone, which greatly accelerate the recovery of the body.
Sleep and immunity
Sleep will be the basis of regeneration here, it is an important element of regeneration of the whole body. After a sleepless night or too little sleep the next day we function significantly worse. We do not want to do anything, we lack energy and we are sluggish. In such conditions, it is certainly hard to take care of proper regeneration and later progress in training results. Not only the duration of sleep should be appropriate, but also the quality of this sleep.
Supplementation for immunity
Often supplementation is taken too seriously and can replace proper training or nutrition. Dietary supplements should be an addition, supporting us at least during post-workout recovery, immune support, building muscle mass, or reducing body fat. There are many supplements on the market, but do they work, and should they work for us, and are they necessary? It often depends on the goal of your training, health, and many other factors.
There are a few supplements that will definitely help our immune system, these are:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
Everything should of course be supported by research and on this basis adjust the doses and supplements we should use in case of possible deficiencies. Remember that the source of vitamins and minerals is also a well-balanced diet, which is often neglected by many people. Good nutrition, regeneration, sleep, and physical activity will be the best support for our immunity.