Arming Your Immune System

Arming Your Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s front-line defense. It’s like having your private army constantly protecting, identifying, and mounting a defense to destroy unfamiliar pathogens, then promoting repair in the body. Most of the time, we are not even aware of this little army, but when it is compromised, we are more vulnerable to infection and illness.

With 70% of your immune system found in the gut, this army in our gut regulates the immune balance to mount the right kind of defense for what it encounters.  

With 70% of the immune system is found in the gut. 

 

Protect the gut = Protect immunity
Healthy gut = Healthy immunity 

 

So what causes a weakened immune system?
  • Stress: environmental, emotional, and physical
  • Poor diet and nutritional deficiencies
  • Gut disturbances
  • Lack of sleep
  • Alcohol and sugar intake
  • Chronic inflammation 

Take Note:

Take notice of these signs; this indicates the immune system is weakened.

  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Frequently tired and lethargic
  • Recurrent infections
  • Slow wound healing 
  • Loss of appetite or nausea

Take Charge:

Did you know that a disrupted gut weakens the immune system, causes more severe symptoms, and can prolong the sickness? In turn, sickness also disrupts the gut. Therefore, it is so important to make sure your gut health is optimal when you are well, nourished, and re-boosted after being unwell. 

 

To prevent and Protect: 
  • Reduce highly processed foods, as this causes gut disturbances, which lead to chronic inflammation and suppress immunity.
  • Diverse diet of fruit and vegetables. The immune system is constantly active, so it regularly needs energy in the form of vitamins and minerals to keep it fueled. 
  • Fermented foods: promote healthy bacteria. 
  • Good sleep: when you are sleep deprived, your protective immune cells may go down and inflammation goes up. 
  • Exercise: strengthens your immune system and gets the blood moving, which gets immune cells and lymph circulation and does their daily taste-protecting. 

 

During Illness:
  • Hydrate: drink plenty of water, warm water with lemon, raw honey, and herbal teas. Add a little turmeric or ginger for an extra boost. 
  • Easy-to-digest, nutrient-dense foods such as chicken and vegetable soups. Bone broth and heaps of garlic are amazing boosters.
  • Avoid alcohol, sugar, and refined foods that all suppress the immune system.  
  • Avoid dairy, as it may promote mucus.
  • Get plenty of sleep; this is where your body repairs and restores. 
  • Sunshine: head outside in the sunshine to boost your Vitamin D, even just 10 minutes is what is needed for a boost. Take a book and go lay outside. 
  • Eat plenty of Vitamin C-rich foods: oranges, limes, lemon, strawberry, kiwifruit, mango, pineapple, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, and red capsicum. 
  • Load up on herbs: garlic, rosemary, thyme, oregano, coriander, and turmeric contain antiviral, antibacterial, and antioxidant properties.
  • A probiotic may help boost the good bacteria to fight off the bad.
  • A digestive enzyme may help the body get as many nutrients as possible from the food, plus it may take the stress off digestion so that the body can do all it can to fight the sickness and heal. 

 

A little extra note: In today’s world, we are over-sanitising, avoiding close contact with people, and staying indoors more often, all of which play a part in weakening our immune systems. So: 
  • Get outside and in the fresh air daily 
  • When possible, especially at home, avoid sanitiser and go for good old soap and warm water.

Our bodies are incredible, and our immune systems are proof of this. They have an incredible ability to protect us when given the right tools.

Stay strong and spread love and kindness everywhere you go, because God knows we all need a little bit more right now. 

Love Alissa & Kristyn ❤

 

**If you suffer from any symptoms of a weakened immune system, please consult your healthcare professional.