I’d like to take you on a journey from fearing viruses to knowing their biological function and invite you to start loving your immune system again.
Sleep: Without sufficient sleep, your body makes fewer cytokines, a type of protein that targets infection and inflammation, effectively creating an immune response. Our body releases natural anti-inflammatory compunds and natural growth hormones to repair the body overnight, therefore insufficient sleep can lead to systemic inflammation and poor immune response/function.
Diet: Eat foods that support your immune system. Eating or drinking too much sugar curbs immune system cells that attack viruses/bacteria. This effect lasts for at least a few hours after downing a couple of sugary drinks. Eat more fruits and vegetables, which are rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc.
Reduce Stress: Stress causes an inflammatory response within the body that can greatly affect your fight-or-flight response by releasing too much of the stress hormone cortisol. It also leaves us more vulnerable to infections and disease, both in and out of the office.
Anti-inflammatory: Fish Oil supplements have anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful in boosting the immune system.
Gut Function: Autoimmune problems and digestive issues are tell-tale signs of gut imbalance. Your gut health and your immune system are intricately linked, so keeping your digestive tract happy will, in turn, keep your immune system up and running. 70% of your immune system lives on the other side of your gut wall.
A healthy immune system needs an environment to support its optimal function. Most chronic symptoms can be stopped or reversed using comprehensive lifestyle modifications which typically include nutrition, stress management, physical exercise and social support.
As a community service, I am making myself available to do my best to provide some advice, use the contact form to leave me a message about aspects of your diet or supplements that you would like to discuss or clarify.
I am putting together an “Immune Supplement Pack” which I am heavily discounting. This is the time each of us need a strong innate immune system.