Fighting Off Molluscum Contagiosum
Promoting A Healthy Immune System In Adults
Unlike children and the elderly, your immune system is at its strongest and optimum level during your middle adult years. It is not still developing, or decreasing in efficacy due to your age.
Unfortunately, as an adult, you find yourself still suffering from viruses and even chronic illnesses. This is often related to a low immune system and it not working at its optimum, fighting off exterior germs and viruses.
However, the molluscum contagiosum virus can infect a person with a perfectly healthy immune system. But, when the immune system is not as strong as it could be, the infection may persist for longer and be more resistant to treatment.
Although as an adult, your immune system should be at its highest working level, there are factors within your lifestyle that can lower its working level and in turn cause you to get sick, or find it harder to fight off a molluscum contagiosum infection.
It is important that you identify these factors that reduce the efficacy of your immune system.
The 5 Top Enemies To Your Immune System
Lack of Sleep
– Lack of sleep causes your immune system to produce only half the amount of antibodies as it would after a full nights sleep. It also causes an increased inflammation in your body and higher levels of stress hormone.
Lack of Exercise
– Lack of activity or exercise. This does not allow your immune system to fight off infection as well as it should.
– A diet high in sugar lowers your white blood cells and does not allow them to function optimally and attack the harmful bacteria within your blood.
The effects of sugar on your system last for many hours after having eaten it.
– High levels of stress, especially continuing for long periods of time, constantly releases stress hormones, which suppress your immune system. This makes you vulnerable to viruses and diseases.
– You isolate yourself from others or don’t share strong relationships. This can lower your immune system by causing you to become depressed and so your immune system not functioning as it should.
Being aware of these factors that can have major effects on your immune system and altering them is important.
The best way to stay clear of such illnesses is to boost your immune system and get it working to its optimum level by keeping it healthy through the correct nutrition. This will equip you and help build immune system to ward off any harm and fight any infection:
Foods That Are Friendly To Your Immune System
– Fresh fruit and vegetables such as broccoli, parsley, citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries and many more are high in Vitamin C, which is superb for increasing your immunity.
– Garlic raw or cooked has immune-promoting compounds. Although raw garlic is always the better option as cooking does destroy some of its healthy compounds, eating garlic in general is great.
– Fish, red meat, chicken, eggs, dairy products, whole grains, pumpkin seeds and legumes are all high in zinc. This mineral is important in promoting a healthy immune system.
– Whole grains, fibrous fruits and vegetables and certain fibers promote a healthy immune system by keeping your gastrointestinal system healthy. Fiber promotes healthy digestive function, by removing toxins that can harm your gastrointestinal tract cells.
Your gastrointestinal system is the most important if you are looking to build immune system, because most of your immune system is found within your gastrointestinal tract. It plays a protective role as well as a selective one within your body.
Your gastrointestinal tract has the largest amount of different molecules and organisms passing through it and it needs to be able to allow nutrients and good bacteria to pass through it, while keeping out harmful, pathogenic molecules.
Within the gastrointestinal tract, there is a mucosal layer that acts as a barrier, keeping damaging organisms and molecules, viruses and germs out, while allowing health-promoting substances into your body.
This mucosal barrier is what is kept healthy and intact by the foods you eat.
– Butternut, sweet potato, green leafy vegetables, cantaloupe and apricots are high in Vitamin A. It is needed in developing your cells as well as the continuous growth of these cells. Vitamin A also helps to regulate the response that your immune system has to infection.
Vitamin A also plays a very important role in promoting the formation of protective mucous within the gastrointestinal tract and supporting its cells.
– Cold-water fish are rich in essential fatty acids. These, including monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil also support your gastrointestinal cells by providing healthy membranes.
There is a large number of immune boosting vitamins and minerals, such as, Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, iron, selenium, zinc and antioxidants, that should be included in your diet, which can be absorbed by eating a balanced diet, high in fresh fruit, vegetables, non-processed whole grains, legumes and good fats.
This, along with some important dos and don’ts, will promote a healthier immune system for you and your family:
Some Dos and Some Don’ts
– Do drink a glass of red wine daily as it has immune boosting properties.
– Don’t drink an excess amount of alcohol as it interferes with and deteriorates your gastrointestinal tract and system, which is extremely important to your immune system health.
– Do get between 7-9 hours of sleep each night to allow for a good number of antibodies to be produced within your immune system and help build immune system.
– Don’t smoke as this lowers your immune system and also brings toxins into your body that your immune system has to fight off.
– Do exercise regularly by at least waking 30 minutes each day. It helps your body fight infections and increases your bodies feel good hormones, in turn helping you sleep better and build immune system.
– Do regulate your stress by either meditating, slowing done or taking some time out. A holiday or a bit of relaxation can help you deal with your stress so that it does not lower your immune system.
– Do wash your hands regularly, especially before and after you eat to prevent the bulk of germs from getting into your system in the first place.
Even as adults, it is important to look after and build immune system and health so that it can function optimally to keep you disease and virus free.