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Immune System Boost
Kris Boulton Phone: (501) 303-5672Email: email@example.com
Connect with Saline County FCS agent Kris Boulton.
If you have watched the news in recent weeks or listened to the radio, you have likely
heard that cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 are increasing in our community.
In times like these, it is important to take steps towards boosting your immune system.
An immune system is a complex network of cells, tissues, and organs, and the substances
they make that helps the body fight infections and other diseases. There is part of
your immune system that you were born with, and the other part is a product of your
environment and lifestyle.
As we age, our immune system becomes reduced, which in turn contributes to more sickness.
To maintain your health through the COVID pandemic, or anytime sickness is going around
in our communities, it is important to support your immune system through positive
lifestyle habits and a nutritious diet. Here are three tips to improve your immune
Around thirty minutes of moderate intensity activity per day is suggested for adults.
This may include walking, swimming, biking, dancing, and golf. Physical activity stimulates
our white blood cells. These cells help our body detect and fight off infection. By
remaining active, you allow your white blood cells to circulate quickly, thus helping
them detect illness before it begins to affect how you feel.
Studies from the Mayo Clinic show that those who do not get enough sleep are more
likely to become ill after being exposed to a virus. Eight hours per night is recommended
for adults. To establish better sleep habits, try going to bed and waking up at the
same time each day. It may help to discontinue screen usage one hour prior to getting
in bed, and not getting in bed until you intend to go to sleep.
One way to reduce stress is address your feelings and take moments to practice mindfulness. You may have heard of mindfulness recently and wondered what it is or why it seems
so popular right now. The main idea behind mindfulness is to take a few moments to
reengage with your conscious awareness by focusing on the present moment without judgment or
expectation. This is often encouraged through breathing exercises, meditation, or
other forms of focused relaxation.
If you have questions about boosting your immune system or Mindfulness contact me
or anyone of your County Extension offices across Arkansas.
To reduce your stress and boost your immune system