Updated: Feb 11
How can I 'boost' my immune system and never get sick? The question everyone wants the answer to.
Unfortunately, the answer to this question isn't simple. To start with, the best thing we can do is to understand what our immune system actually is and what helps keep it strong.
Research has shown that dietary and lifestyle changes may strengthen your body’s natural defences and help you fight harmful pathogens, viruses or disease-causing organisms.
Our research has been extensive and we believe that we have a great 4 step plan to help your body's immune system thrive.
Here are 4 tips to strengthen your immunity naturally.
What makes up your Immune System?
So to begin with, understanding what exactly your immune system is will give you a better understanding of what you need to do daily to allow it to thrive.
Your immune system is a large network of organs, white blood cells, proteins (antibodies) and chemicals. This system works together to protect you from foreign invaders (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) that cause infection, illness and disease. It's important to understand that your immune system isn't just one thing, as the name suggests it is a system. This means that you need to nourish all these parts of your body correctly to allow each part to function as effectively as possible.
When your immune system is working properly, it can tell which cells are yours and which substances are foreign to your body. It activates, mobilizes, attacks and kills foreign invader germs that can cause you harm. Your immune system learns about germs after you’ve been exposed to them too, then your body develops antibodies to protect you from those specific germs in the future. An example of this concept occurs when you get a vaccine. Your immune system builds up antibodies to the foreign cells it finds in the vaccine and will quickly remember these foreign cells and destroy them if you are exposed to them in the future. Sometimes doctors can prescribe antibiotics to help your immune system if you get sick. But antibiotics only kill certain bacteria. They don’t kill viruses.
Below we give 4 tips that you can do in your day to day life to help your immune system thrive.
Stay Active and Exercise.
Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. But does it help to boost your immune system naturally and keep it healthy? Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which as we talked about above, allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
This can consist of anything that gets you moving including, walking, yoga and running. It's recommended you take part in at least 20 minutes of exercise per day.
Watch Your Diet and Choose Healthier Options.
Adequate and appropriate nutrition is required for all cells to function optimally and this includes the cells in the immune system. An “activated” immune system further increases the demand for energy during periods of infection which can be met from a nutritionally dense diet. Some foods that are great for this are:
Fruits high in Vitamin C - grapefruit, oranges, clementine's, tangerines, lemons, limes.
Broccoli is supercharged with vitamins and minerals. Packed with vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fibre and many other antioxidants, broccoli is one of the healthiest vegetables you can put on your plate.
Garlic’s immune-boosting properties seem to come from a heavy concentration of sulphur-containing compounds, such as allicin.
Ginger may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce sore throat and inflammatory illnesses.
Spinach is rich in vitamin C — it’s also packed with numerous antioxidants and beta carotene, which may both increase the infection-fighting ability of our immune systems.
Greek yoghurt. The cultures may stimulate your immune system to help fight diseases.
Almonds. Their high vitamin E content is the key to a healthy immune system.
Turmeric. Curcumin found in turmeric has great promise as an immune booster.
Get Enough Sleep.
Yes, lack of sleep can affect your immune system. Studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
Try these methods to improve your quality of sleep :
Get Outside Into Natural Sunlight During The Day -
Research has shown that natural sunlight or bright light during the day helps keep your circadian rhythm healthy. This improves daytime energy, as well as night-time sleep quality and duration. In people with insomnia, daytime bright light exposure improved sleep quality and duration. It also reduced the time it took to fall asleep by 83%!
Reduce Screen Time During The Night -
Mobile Phones, TV and Computers are the worst culprits for this, emitting harsh blue light that tricks your body into thinking it is day time. Try to limit screen time at night and totally remove any blue light exposure 2 hours prior to sleep. Try reading a book at night. Not only will this help with blue light exposure but it is a great way to wind down and relax.
Don't Consume Caffeine Late In The Day -
Caffeine is a great way to focus during the day, but it can have a detrimental effect on your sleep if taken too late. When consumed late in the day, caffeine stimulates your nervous system and may stop your body from naturally relaxing at night. Try to limit any caffeine intake after 5 pm.
Be Strategic About Supplements.
Supplements are a great way to 'boost' your immune system daily and effortlessly. However, choosing the right supplements can be tricky with thousands of options to choose from. As a rule of thumb, we always recommend going for an all-natural and organic supplement.
There are several reasons for this;
Firstly the beneficial nutrients in natural supplements are better absorbed by our bodies. Have you ever taken a multivitamin and noticed your urine is fluorescent? This basically means that your body hasn't absorbed the vitamins and nutrients and you are quite literally flushing them down the toilet.
Secondly, natural supplements usually contain more and better quality nutrients and are in better harmony with your body. Choosing an organic supplement also means that you are limiting the toxins that have passed into your supplement. Your taking these supplements for your health so make sure you are not making the wrong decisions.
The most important role in our bodies is our immune system. White blood cells, antibodies, and other components, including organs and lymph nodes, make up our body’s immune system, as we have discussed. These all need to be nourished in the correct way to allow them to function efficiently and effectively.
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