The health of the immune system is influenced by a person’s lifestyle, stress level, dietary habits and nutritional status. Chronic stress, underlying infections and nutrient deficiencies are the most common causes of a depressed immune system. A huge number of clinical studies indicate that single nutrient deficiencies can cause immune dysfunction.
The cold and flu season is imminent so let’s look at healthier options to boost your immune system and how to avoid the risk of catching a cold, getting sick or coming down with the flu.
A Healthy Gut = A Healthy Person! Around 80% of the immune system resides in your digestive tract. Intestinal health and optimal digestion is imperative for a healthy immune system and overall health. It’s important to rule out and identify any underlying infections including Candida, parasites, bacterial and viral infections.
Increase water consumption! Drink a cup of water with the juice from a fresh lemon upon rising every morning. Green and white teas contain polyphenols, catechins and antioxidants and have been shown to prevent bacteria and viruses, and stimulate the immune system. Include plenty of good sources of protein. Remember, the first 40g of protein you eat every day goes toward rebuilding your immune system.
Increase your intake of leafy greens to 10+ servings daily from a variety of in-season, locally-grown, organic sources. Eat more leafy greens such as kale, chard and spinach, which have been shown to influence intestinal health. Sounds alot? Juice!! Green Juices are nutrient-rich and a delicious way to increase your intake of vegetables, antioxidants for cellular repair, greater energy, boost immunity, alkalinity and restore health.
Sleep is one of the greatest immune enhancers to boost your body’s ability to fight disease. Sleep is nature’s greatest repair mechanism. Immune power builds during restful sleep, so lights out by 10pm. Growth hormone is released at this time, which boosts the immune system and aids in growth and repair. I heard one researcher say “the greatest antioxidant we possess is a good night’s sleep.”
Avoid foods your body’s sensitive to, which increase inflammation, weaken the immune system and trigger a variety of symptoms including fatigue or hyperactivity, skin problems, sinus problems, bloating and digestive issues plus many other symptoms that deplete the immune system.
If you would like to know more about your immune system, consider a Full Health MOT to rebalance your body, and test your vitamin, mineral and food sensitivities. Call Gail on 01249 818758