One of your body’s most vital systems is the immune system. The immune system is comprised of special cells, tissues and organs that guard the body against harmful substances and foreign organisms. These millions of cells work together to eliminate and resist attacks on the body, thus preventing a multitude of illnesses that we are exposed to daily.

The immune system works hard every day to keep us healthy; therefore, it is imperative that we take care of it. Exposure to toxins – from car exhaust, processed foods, lead paint, chlorine bleach, etc – tax your body and leave you more susceptible to infections. However, there are a few ways to combat this. Consuming antioxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and Vitamins A, C and E strengthen your immunity by blocking free radicals, or unstable cells that cause damage. These antioxidants can be found in a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. A number of herbs, such as Echinacea, have also been found to have a positive effect.

In addition to a few healthy diet changes, taking care of your body can also do wonders for your immunity. Getting adequate sleep recharges the brain and strengthens its ability to process the stresses that come your way. Take time to soothe yourself by relaxing with a good book, taking a bubble bath or enjoying a leisurely walk when life gets tough for you. Drink 6- 8 glasses of water – your body needs plenty of hydration throughout the day to keep its processes running smoothly. Last but not least, if it’s possible you may be at risk, always use protection during sex to prevent HIV and other infectious diseases.