Every year leading up to flu season we discuss how to naturally boost your immune system. However, this year as we head towards the cooler months, there is another, more serious threat to our immune system.
With coronavirus becoming a worldwide pandemic, now more than ever, it is important to give your immune system as much support as you can.
Due to the increased fear of coronavirus, there is a lot of misinformation online about how to strengthen the immune system.
The bottom line is that there is no magic pill, or a specific food guaranteed to bolster your immune system, BUT, there are ways you can naturally support your immune system to give it the best chance of being able to fight those viral nasties.
Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle
Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:
Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption and junk food contain toxins and chemicals. Ideally, we want to decrease the build-up within our bodies to ensure it can function correctly.
Did you know that 60-80% of your entire immune system is in your digestive tract! Without a healthy balance of good bacteria within your gut, your immune system cannot function in a healthy fashion.
Healthy foods contain influential substances including antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, fibre and much more. If we don’t nourish our bodies with these naturally occurring elements, we leave ourselves susceptible to illnesses, nutrient deficiencies, and toxicity.
Stress & Relaxation
Stress worsens your immune response. Calming techniques including yoga, meditation and massage can reduce stress and anxiety. Ensuring you are getting enough restful sleep is also imperative as your body often uses that time to heal itself.
Maintaining healthy body weight and exercising helps your body perform at its optimal capacity. Increasing your oxygen intake and heart rate during exercise has shown to flush bacteria out of your lungs and promotes white blood cell activity. Exercise also increases the oxygen level in your brain which supports immune function.
Hidden infections can be a stressor on the immune system. Some common bacterial and viral infections include the herpes simplex (HSV), Epstein-Barr (EBV), Lyme disease and even some food intolerances. Practising good hygiene is also essential for protecting our bodies from infection.
Your second line of defence is including natural health supplements that support your immune system into your diet. Here at Natures help we have a range of products that do just that!
Turmeric helps bolster the immune system by increasing the immunomodulating capacity of the body. Turmeric has anti-viral, fungal and bacterial properties as well as being a strong anti-oxident which means Turmeric not only helps our bodies fight nasties, it also reduces cell damage.
Probiotics help restore the balance of good and bad bacteria within the gut. They’ve been shown to secrete protective substances, which activate the immune system and prevent pathogens from taking hold and creating major disease. 60-80% of our immune system is controlled by our gut so maintaining our gut health is imperative to supporting our immune system.
Apple Cider Vinegar
As ACV is fermented, it contains beneficial bacteria similar to prebiotics that help support our immune system. It has antibacterial properties that fight pathogens wreaking havoc in your body and has a complex profile of vitamins and minerals that support your bodies cell production.