We’re switching our focus to what we can control amidst the current health epidemic sweeping the globe. We’ve narrowed down our simple and natural tips to boost your immune system now, and prepare your body for the cooler months ahead.
The coronavirus panic has led to toilet paper almost becoming non-existent and an overall media frenzy leading to a sense of ‘unknown’ in the community. Whilst we are trying to tune out of the toilet paper crisis, we’ve noted that we are hearing so much about hand washing and what to do if we do get sick, but we are not hearing about how we can boost our immune system to prevent sickness.
We cannot predict the future or the severity of this event, but what we can do is focus on keeping our immune system healthy.
Our immune system is our bodies ability to fight against any illness or disease that comes our way. Yes, your body has it’s own natural defence, but unfortunately factors within our every day lives put pressure on this defence. Pollution, toxins, unhealthy habits, EMFs, poor diet choices, stress and even the anxiety or fear of this global event can impact your body and prevent our immune system from functioning at peak form.
The time is now to look at making a few small changes to nurture and prepare your immune system. With 80% of your immune system in your gut—containing 10 times more health-determining bacteria than the rest of our body—looking after your immune system is looking after your gut and vice versa.
- Reduce stress. When we are stressed our stress hormone corticosteroid can impact the ability of the immune system and therefore weaken its effectiveness when it comes to fighting off viruses. So it’s essential that you make the time for your favourite stress-busting self-care activities such as exercise, meditation, being in nature, and other activities that make you joyful and happy.
- Get plenty of sleep. So many people are living in a state of exhaustion, but sleep is so vital for our immune system. A good night’s rest starts with a dark, EMF free room so our bodies can repair while we sleep. Read more about sleep here.
- Boost your immune system with supplements. Recommended by fellow clinical practitioner, incorporating these three supplements in to our daily routine as we approach the cooler months when viruses/flus are most active.
—Vitamin C, at least 1,000 mg / day
—Vitamin D, at least 1,000 IU / day
—Probiotics, because bacteria are our life force. Without the right complement of beneficial bacteria we simply would not survive, nor would our bodies have the ability to absorb vitamins and minerals. *Note, everyone’s own nutritional needs are different—this is a guide only.
- Reduce inflammation. Ditch the foods that cause inflammation (processed foods and their additives, sugar, alcohol, ‘white’ foods) and put pressure on your system. Opt for fresh and simple—fruit and vegetables, and simple whole foods. Organic and locally supplied if possible. If it comes in a package, consider a healthier alternative.
- Avoid toxins and beware of mould. Toxins such as mould can impact and destroy our immune system greatly. Minimise exposure to not only surface mould but mould spores in the air. Opt for a quality filtered water instead of chlorinated tap water and aromatic hydrocarbons (e.g. natural air fresheners). Review areas in your home that might make a good home for mould growth. Read more about mould here.
80% of your immune system is in your gut, it just makes sense to start here for your overall wellbeing.
Prevention is key and avoiding risky situations is sound advice. However following these simple steps to keep your immune system in top shape and understand that your body is there to support you fight whatever may come your way.
We welcome you to chat with us further about your immunity and gut health. Call our Gut Help Hotline on (07) 554 66 086.