Make room for mushrooms
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Mushrooms have been valued in the Far East for more than 2,000 years. But experts now see more benefits of this food in all forms of medicine—particularly your immune system. One small study found that shiitake mushrooms improved T-cells and reduced inflammation, both important for keeping you healthy.
Another great way to boost your immune system? Get moving. Exercise can change your body’s antibodies and white blood cells, which help you fight off diseases and infections, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Elliott suggests incorporating more movement in your day simply by walking around during phone calls and meetings or doing squats while watching TV. Don’t miss these habits that might be harming your immune system.
But get rest too
Moderation is key. Always include plenty of recovery days in your training schedule to preserve immune system health. Even more importantly, make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night to help your body recover from the mental and physical stress of the day, says Elliott. Here’s what happens when you don’t get enough sleep.