There is no avoiding exposure to germs and viruses, but some people seem more susceptible to them than others. A strong, well-functioning immune system is the cornerstone of good health, fighting off disease and infections and allowing you to recover more quickly if you do get sick.
Research supports a link between regular, moderate exercise and a healthy immune system due to its effect on the production of white blood cells.
Physical activity sends these immune cells through the body at a faster rate, enabling them to detect and fight bacteria and viruses more effectively. It can also slow down the release of stress-related hormones, which increase the chance of illness.
One of the best ways to boost your immunity is through the consumption of a healthy diet including plenty of whole grains, nuts, seeds and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables.
Fresh, unprocessed foods contain numerous immune-boosting antioxidants which help protect and repair our cells from damage on a daily basis.
© Sarah West Nutrition