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The immune system can be influenced, but it’s a complex system that doesn’t just rely on just one single entity. A healthy immune system requires a balance of proper nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices. The choices you make can be simple, but are key to supporting a healthy immune system.

Washing your hands frequently is a great habit to develop. Wash hands before preparing food and after using the washroom. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and cleaning running water for at least 20 seconds.

Choose from a wide-variety of nutrient-dense foods from all five food groups to help increase intake of vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. I fyou have nutritional gaps wihtin your diet, then may consider a multivitamin to help meet your daily dietary needs.

Drink plenty of water throughout the day and around activity as needed. Water is the most abundant substance in the body and all cells need it to function. Almost every physiological process in the body is linked to the presence of water. Carry a water bottle and eat produce with high water content (blueberries, grapefruit, berries, tomatoes).

Get enough quality sleep each night. Sleep is vital for the body and mind. Healthy adults are recommended to sleep seven to nine hours each night. Develop good sleep habits to help support length and quality of sleep.

Regular physical activity is a fundamental. Recommend average healthy adult perform 2 hours and 30 minutes a week of moderate-intensity, or 1 hour and 15 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity. Exercise doesn’t mean just running on the treadmill or lifting weight – exercise can take place beyond the gym – at home or work. Physical activity can be walking the dog, playing with your children or keeping up with chores. However, anything to get you moving – something is better than nothing.

Minimize stress by managing stressors. Emotional stress can influence the integrity of the immune system. Take a break and implement practices that help you to relax. Decompress by enjoying your favorite hobbies or talking to friends and family.

This article is for educational purposes only. It does not reflect the opinion of Optimum Nutrition, nor is it intended for product marketing purposes.