Our bodies are constantly being stressed by our complex and often harmful environments. There’s no getting around it. Fortunately, we have a fantastic defence system in place to protect us. The immune system is incredibly complicated and utterly vital for our survival. Several different systems and cell types work in perfect synchrony (most of the time) throughout the body to fight off pathogens, clear up dead cells and rebuild where and when necessary.
Following are a few natural ways to support your Immune system and help it perform at its best. We know that eating poorly and not getting adequate sleep, weakens the Immune system and makes us vulnerable. Fortunately, there’s a lot we can do to give this very intelligent system of organs, tissues and cells a helping hand.
Focus on Digestion
Much of our immune system lives in the gut. It’s where all of the beneficial bacteria live. In fact, these microorganisms outnumber the cells of our bodies 10:1. These bacteria produce hormones that direct fat storage; regulate intestinal physiology, development and function; “train” the immune system, and support the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
Recruit the Troops
To help support these bacteria, you can start by eating fermented, bacteria (probiotic)-rich foods. During fermentation, food is exposed to bacteria and yeasts through the air. Some of these beneficial micro-organisms can thrive in our gut, favouring a healthy population of gut bacteria and helping us process many of the foods we eat. Yoghurt, sauerkraut and kimchi, a Korean vegetable dish, are all high in healthy bacteria.
Kefir and Kombucha are fermented drinks and, apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apples. These will introduce beneficial enzymes, probiotics, and amino acids and may support a healthy Immune system.
There are some excellent supplements that support GI tract and Immune system health as well. Ambrotose Life, rich in plant saccharides or glycans, boosts your immune system, supports improved cognitive function and promotes gastrointestinal health. It has been fully validated by 10 different third-party clinical studies. GI-ProBalance™ slimsticks (rich in prebiotics and probiotics) were formulated to work together to enhance the effectiveness of Ambrotose products.
Mushrooms, to make your immunity BOOM!
Consuming mushrooms is a great way to boost immunity as they are rich in certain polysaccharides. Research suggests that certain polysaccharides from fungi and plants can elicit diverse immunomodulatory effects in humans who are healthy or have health conditions. Another source is Empact+. It’s a safe Performance drink with no stimulants and contains a blend of six Ayurvedic organic certified mushroom strains. They help the body adapt to stress, utilize oxygen and protect cells.
In addition to keeping you in shape and healthy, exercising can boost your Immune system. When you exercise regularly, your heart gets stronger, your lungs are better able to handle oxygen, your muscles get stronger, and your immune system is better able to do its job. Meditation is powerful as well for boosting immunity. When you meditate, you allow your body to relax and create feelings of well-being.
Salute to Sleep
The more all-nighters you pull, the more likely you are to suppress your immune system. The number of hours of sleep someone needs depends on their age. Someone may feel great after getting seven hours of sleep a night, while another person may need nine. Healthy adults usually need seven to eight hours of sleep a night.
Keep it Strong
You can do a lot to help support your immune system. The ideas above are a great way to start. After all, your immune system does a lot for you already. Keep this amazing protection mechanism functioning at its best and you’ll really feel the difference.