5 Simple Tips to Support Strong Immunity
If 2020 taught us anything it was the importance of our health and wellness. Having (and maintaining) a healthy body is dependent on a strong immune system and vice versa. We want our body to fight off viruses, pathogenic bacteria, and parasites without launching an immune response to things like pollen and foods like dairy, nuts and gluten.
There are many ways that we can naturally support our body and help to build a strong and healthy immune system - especially as we are surrounded by long sunny days and fresh summer fruits and veggies.
1. Eat nourishing, whole foods
Not only do wholefoods provide you with the essential nutrients you need, but did you know that up to 75% of your immune system is located in your gut? So whatever serves your gut health, also serves your immunity. Win-win!
Whole foods are:
- High in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients which provide our immune system with co-factors required for optimal function.
- They feed the good bacteria in our gut.
- Fresh fruits and veggies are abundant, naturally ripened and very affordable during summer. Learn which ones are in season now.
We know that processed, refined foods are damaging to the gut lining, and inflammatory. On the other hand, opting for fresh, whole foods which support the health of our gut, and in turn, boosts our immune system.
2. Get your 8 hours sleep
Sleep is essential for our wellbeing, both mental and physical.
You know when you get sick, and you just want to sleep all day? That's your body trying to get you into a state where it can undertake repair processes to help you recover.
Routinely getting to bed before 11pm is a good way to keep our hormones in check - particularly the hormones that control our immune function.
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Read more: The Importance of Sleep
3. Boost your nutrient intake
Adequate nutrient levels are essential for a strong immune system. Here are a few key vitamins, minerals and nutrients that particularly support the immune system
- Zinc: this acts as a cofactor in over 200 enzymatic reactions in the body - many of these are part of the immune function. Found in oysters, red meat, beans, nut and wholegrains.
- Vitamin D: sometimes thought of almost as a hormone, it helps to control the immune response in the body (an autoimmune response is the result of an overactive and unchecked immune system reaction. Read more here). Found in sun exposure, oily fish like sardines, egg yolks and small amounts in mushrooms.
- Vitamin C: master nutrient for supporting immune function. Found in capsicum and kale, and fruits like citrus kiwifruit, tomatoes, stone fruits and berries (especially strawberries).
- Selenium: vital mineral for building and fuelling the immune system. Found in brazil nuts, whole grains, turkey, chicken and fish.
- EPA and DHA: these essential fatty acids work as anti-inflammatories in the body. Found in oily fish like salmon, mackerel and cod liver oil.
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4. Hygiene and social distancing
It goes without saying, but wash your hands with hot soapy water. You know the drill. When it comes to reducing the spread of infectious diseases always follow the advice of the Ministry of Health.
Where a mask where possible and advised and if you're feeling unwell, rest and relax at home. Social distancing, not only protects your health but the health of others around us—especially those whose immunity is compromised.
And don't forget, scan for your nan!
5. Lastly, keep calm and carry on!
Stress is one of the biggest compromises of the immune system. The weather is warm, we're getting plenty of natural vitamin D from the long sunny, summer days and eating lots of fresh produce.
Meditation, mindfulness, legs up the wall are three means of letting your nervous system it is safe and can relax. When we send the message to our nervous system that we are relaxed - every system in our body can function better, including our immune system.
Prefer to watch? Ben Warren, recently went live on Facebook to discuss stress and its impact on immunity.
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