One piece of food experts recommend eating to help body stay healthy

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Three simple steps to boost your natural immunity have been revealed by experts, and they're easier than you might think.

Our immune system is a crucial part of our body, shielding us from harmful germs, bacteria, and cellular changes that can lead to illness. It also battles against disease-causing alterations in the body, such as cancer cells, and identifies harmful substances in our environment.

However, as we age, our immune system can weaken, leading to an increased risk of infections and diseases. Now, in an article for Woman's Weekly, experts have shared three tips that could help bolster your body's natural immunity, reports the Express.

Eat walnuts

Walnuts are rich in folate, vitamin B6, and copper, as well as iron and zinc. All of these contribute to the body's natural immunity, according to Woman's Weekly.

Dr Robert Shmerling, from Harvard Medical School, suggests that the oils found in walnuts benefit cardiovascular health. He also notes that nuts are a key element of the Mediterranean diet, which is associated with improved health in later life.

Sleep more

Adequate sleep is essential for both physical and mental health, and it helps your brain and body recover from the day's activities, says the Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust.

The NHS recommends aiming for between seven and nine hours of sleep each night, while children should get between nine and 13 hours. The Oxford Health Trust has highlighted the benefits of a proper night's rest, suggesting that it not only improves reaction times and coordination but also aids in quicker bodily recovery.

Try herbal

Turning to herbal remedies, Woman's Weekly notes that Echinacea is packed with antioxidants and has been traditionally employed to combat infections and viruses. Available as tablets, tinctures, extracts, and teas, its popularity persists despite the NHS pointing out there is "little evidence" to support claims that it boosts the immune system. However, research from 2021 indicates it may alleviate anxiety symptoms.