5 Simple Action Steps to Support Strong Immunity
When considering wellness, immunity must be at the forefront of your mind. Looking after and nurturing an uncompromised immune system is how we defend ourselves against becoming unwell. Ever been in a group situation where someone is sick and then other people 'catch' it off them, while others were 'lucky' and got away sick free? The most likely scenario is those 'lucky' ones weren't lucky at all, they simply had strong, uncompromised immune systems.
Here are a few tips on how you can increase your luck, or more correctly, a strong immune system and your defences against getting sick - especially as we move into winter.
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 higher in essential vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which provide our immune system with co-factors required for optimal function.
They also feed the good bacteria in our gut which produce beneficial metabolites. These beneficial metabolites have functions all over the body but one thing they do is keep our immune system in check.
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.
Sleep is beneficial as a daily preventative measure, as well as when recovering from illness. 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.
- Vitamin D - vitamin d could almost be thought of as a hormone - it modulates the immune response in the body (many people have issues with their immune system because it is overactive - read more here on autoimmunity
- Vitamin C - master nutrient for supporting immune function
- Selenium - vital mineral for building selenoproteins and fueling the immune system.
- EPA and DHA - you know how we said that some people have immune issues because of an overactive immune system - well these key fatty acids work as anti-inflammatories in the body and are commonly found in fish oil.
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4. Hygiene and social distancing
It goes without saying, but wash your hands. Thoroughly with soapy water is key! You know the drill.
Avoid touching your face. This can be difficult as it's a common habit. But viruses, especially the coronavirus, mainly gets into our system via our eyes, ears, nose and mouth. Therefore the more we can avoid touching our face the better.
On top of this, it's incredibly important to take action to minimise your interaction with others with social distancing, especially those whose immunity is compromised. This action not only protects your health but the health of others around us.
5. Lastly, keep calm and carry on!
Stress is one of the biggest compromises of the immune system.
During a time like this, it’s more valuable to put your focus on what you can control, rather than what’s beyond you. We could think of ‘stress’ as a distraction for our body and therefore the immune system.
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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