Whilst we can’t really boost or supercharge these immune systems, we can do quite a bit to support them and make sure they are unstoppable and working at 100% at all times.
We enjoy learning about natural ways to keep our bodies fit & healthy particularly with COVID-19 lurking around and winter approaching. We consider ourselves our own best guinea pigs, and have found a few hacks that help keep us up and active. Here are some of our favourites:
1. Keep up regular exercise & movement and stay well hydrated to stimulate the lymphatic system which helps clear your body of toxins & waste. Sweating is good for this too – through exercise or an infra red sauna. If you can get outside to exercise even better as you’ll top up your vitamin D levels as well. Vitamin D is essential for both immune systems and deficiency is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection.
2. Eat a diet rich in organically grown fruit & vegetables providing antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which are essential for healthy cells. Choose a range of colourful plant foods – beetroot, oranges, paw paw, purple cabbage, broccoli … you get the picture!
4. Getting enough sleep seems to be super important for a healthy immune system. During sleep your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress. Sleep deprivation may decrease the production of these protective cytokines. Research suggests adults need at least 7 – 9 hrs sleep a night.
What we now know about our immune systems is probably just the tip of the iceberg and I have no doubt we will continue to rapidly learn so much more over the coming years.
Our plan is to stay open to all possibilities, keep up to date with new research, and continue experimenting to find what works best for us as unique individuals.
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