Do you know what your immune system is made of? Do you know what supports and strains it? Here’s a brief introduction before we look at helpful foods and lifestyle tips. Which side of the balance would you say you’re on?
Your immune system is like baby, it needs you
You’re immune system is being challenged all day long. It often deals with pathogens such as bacteria and viruses so efficiently that we don’t even know about it. But it’s not an invisible forcefield. I’s made of barriers (skin and internal linings), white blood cells and antibodies, and they all need to grow and develop with the right foods and support.
To function effectively for you, the components of your immune system need sufficient nutrients, good circulation, a healthy gut and proper elimination (clearance of substances and pathogens out of the body). We’ll look at this in more detail in coming posts.
Immune system support
For a well functioning immune system your body needs nutrients and we’ll soon be looking at foods and supplements to help you get them:
- Vitamins: A, B9, B6, C, D, E
- Minerals: copper, iron, selenium, zinc
- Omega 3’s
- Amino acids (protein)
Your immune system also needs a supportive environment, which we’ll be sharing tips on:
- Quality sleep
- Probiotic foods
Immune system strains
On the other hand, various foods and health scenarios can strain your immune system, reducing your body’s ability to defend itself, and potentially triggering reactions that make you feel unwell. We’ll dive further into these areas in future posts:
- “Leaky Gut” (gut barrier)
- Insufficient vitamins and minerals for your immune barriers and cells
- A pro-inflammatory diet (as an example, deep fried foods)
Further challenges to its environment add even more strain:
- Poor sleep quality
- High caffeine intake
- High alcohol intake
- Cigarette smoke
- Pollution (air quality)
Which side of the balance are you on?
The more you increase support and reduce strains on your immune system by using helpful foods and healthy habits, the stronger it will be. If you’ve experienced ongoing or worsening immune system responses (such as chest infections, urine infections, viral infections, more coughs and colds), and if you’ve taken several courses of antibiotics over the years, there may be more at play. I can conduct a comprehensive health assessment for you, to help you get to the bottom of your symptoms, and advise on foods and supplements to address the full picture, and get you back to health.
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