The main function of the immune or defensive system is to protect the body from diseases caused by viruses, fungi, parasites and bacteria. The immune system not only identifies and destroys aggressors trying to invade the human body but can also recognize them if they try to enter the body again. The immune system fights harmful elements through lymphocytes (white blood cells) and antibodies (protein molecules). All of this is supported by the lymphatic system composed of the spinal cord, thymus, lymph nodes, spleen and lymphoid tissue. Sometimes, however, the immune system weakens leaving the body exposed to serious illness.

Factors that cause weakening of the immune system include:

  • Emotional states
  • HIV/AIDS cancer
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Medical procedures (surgeries, transplantation, use of anti-revenge drugs, among others)

Tips for strengthening the immune system

  • Avoid foods with refined fats and sugars.
  • Consume at least 10-12 glasses of water per day to stimulate the immune system and expel toxins.
  • Exercise daily for 30 minutes.
  • Perform deep breathing and relaxation exercises.
  • Eat reluctant foods in vitamins A, C, E, Iron and Zinc.
  • Consume broccoli, cauliflower, and rábanus daily to strengthen the immune system.
  • Take a tablespoon of bee honey daily.
  • Make an infusion of green tea which stimulates the production of immune cells.
  • Remove the set from a regular-sized carrot and two oranges and mix it. Take said your daily at breakfast to stimulate the immune system.

Source: www.sld.cu

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