This post was sponsored by Vitamium
Finding natural ways to support the immune system has become a hot topic lately, with the Coronavirus pandemic in full-force. While building the immune system can’t stop you contracting the virus (or any infection for that matter), having a healthy immune system may help you get over it faster and have milder symptoms.
But before we get into what builds your immunity, let’s start with the basics.
What’s the Immune System?
Simply put, the immune system is our body’s natural defence system against infectious diseases.
As we develop, our immune system develops with us. We’re born with natural or innate immunity and also receive passive immunity from the antibodies in our mother’s breast milk. As we get exposed to diseases or vaccines throughout our lives, we develop adaptive or active immunity. So getting ill actually builds our future immunity.
However, our immune system can also break down as we age and it’s usually because of poor lifestyle choices.
How to Support the Immune System?
Following a healthy diet and lifestyle is your best chance at a healthy immune system.
If you’re not doing all this already, here are the dietary and lifestyle changes we recommend you make.
Let’s start with a healthy diet.
Dietary Changes that Support the Immune System
What foods support the immune system? We all know the answer to this, deep down, don’t we?
It’s fresh fruit and veggies of course. And nuts and berries. Organic if possible. And you’ll want to eat a variety of these every day. All the colours of the rainbow if you can.
I took these benefits to heart and switched to a wholefood plant-based diet 90 days ago. Which means I started incorporating way more of the good stuff than I was eating before and eliminated virtually all processed foods, meat, chicken, fish and all dairy products.
Yeah, I know, it’s not for everybody, right? And even following this incredible diet, touted to be the healthiest diet on the planet by many highly respected Doctors, I’ve still had to supplement because I’m missing out on some important nutrients.
So let’s talk supplements. If you’re following the Standard American Diet (SAD), you’re almost certain to be deficient in nutrients that boost your immunity. Here’s how you can rectify that.
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Lifestyle Changes that Support the Immune System
While diet is probably the most important change you can make, there are other healthy lifestyle choices that also support your immune system. Here are 6 changes you make today, that won’t cost you a dime.
1. Get Active
Find some form of exercise you love to do and do it regularly. You don’t have to run a marathon. It could be something as simple as walking the dog every day. Or as fun as going out dancing.
Find a way to let it all hang out. Whether it’s just kicking back and stroking your favourite pet or lounging about in a hammock. Stress is known to weaken the immune system so slow down a little and smell the roses.
Drink plenty of water every day. If you really can’t stand water, you could try herbal teas. Avoid carbonated drinks as they are usually loaded with sugar and phosphates. And avoid having too much coffee or alcohol as they tend to dehydrate (and there’s the sugar problem again).
Recent studies such as this one have proven that laughter truly has medicinal benefits. Watching funny videos increased T-Cells (the fighter cells of the immune system). Worth giving a try, right?
And it’s worth mentioning that simply being a positive person has a positive effect on the immune system.
5. Sleep Well
Get a good night’s rest as often as you can. To help you relax into your 8 or so hours a night, switch off the TV and your digital devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime, avoid caffeine after midday and
And while we’re in the bedroom… did you know that sexually active people take less sick days?
6. Love Well
Being in a loving relationship is good for the immune system. But this isn’t bad news for singles. Fostering loving relationships with your friends, family and pets has the same effect on immunity.
And here’s one final lifestyle change we highly recommend that can save you money – if you’re a smoker.
7. Stop Smoking
If you’re a smoker your risk of getting respiratory tract infections is greater and those infections are more likely to escalate into life-threatening illnesses like pneumonia.
How would you say your immune system is doing based on the dietary and lifestyle tips above?
Please note that none of the advice in this article is intended to replace the advice of a medical professional.
Also, we advise you to follow all government regulations designed to protect you from succumbing to the coronavirus. Continue social distancing, wearing a mask in public and sanitising frequently.
This post was sponsored by Vitamium. All opinions are my own.