The secret to staying well is to build a strong, healthy immune system
The change of season and cooler weather can bring an increase of colds and flu.
Now is the perfect time to start boosting your immunity, before Winter.
Some of my favourite nutrients for immune health include:
Vitamin C increases the activity of infection fighting white blood cells; it also inhibits viral growth and reduces the incidence of the common cold. Vitamin C has been shown to be most effective when given with other nutrients such as zinc.
Zinc is crucial for the normal development and function of your white blood cells. It’s also critical for the production of antibodies, which help prevent infections and protect you against them. A zinc deficiency can dramatically reduce your ability to fight bacteria and viruses. Zinc supplementation has also been shown to reduce the severity and duration of colds and sore throats.
Probiotics: beneficial bacteria for healthy immunity
You may have heard of the ‘friendly bacteria’ or probiotics that live in your digestive system. These beneficial bacteria help keep your digestive system healthy, help you digest your food and keep your immune system in tip-top condition. Specific probiotic strains such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG® ), have been proven to help support healthy immunity.
Certain medicinal mushroom extracts (e.g. shiitake, reishi, coriolus, AHCC™) have a powerful effect on the immune system by enhancing the activity of protective white blood cells. These mushroom extracts can be used to treat acute infections. They can also be taken daily as a remedy for chronic immune weakness to maintain good health.
Diet and Lifestyle
In addition to naturally derived medicines, you can follow some basic dietary and lifestyle advice to help strengthen and nourish your immune system:
Eat a diet high in colourful fruits and vegetables, as these have the best levels of immune protecting nutrients. Fresh is best.
Avoid sugars, white flour (bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes, etc.) and excess alcohol as these foods are very low in nutrients and deplete your immune system.
Avoid or minimise stress at work and home. Stress hormones inhibit the function of all aspects of immunity. This could result in worsened infections and slowed wound healing. Taking time each day for relaxation and leisure is important for healthy immune function.
Exercise regularly. Regular, moderate exercise seems to improve immune function. Find an activity you enjoy!
Increase water intake to six to eight glasses per day. Water is essential for all aspects of good health. Get enough sleep. Your immune system does its repair and rebuilding while you’re asleep at night.
Book in for your Immune Consult (choose shorter 20 min consultation) to begin strengthening your immune system.
Have a great day