Currently, worldwide our immune systems are being challenged by a viral pandemic. You can protect yourself and your loved ones, but how?
The answer is, Boost your Immune System.
Protect yourself and your family by making your body the strongest that it can be. Strong immune systems can fight all kinds of infections. Your immune system can protect you against bacteria and viruses, not only the Corona Virus but all viruses – whether they are summer or winter infections.
What you can do?
Think of your immune system as being an army. When an army prepares for defence, they need weapons, resources and a plan for the defence of the enemy. It’s the same with your immune system. Your immune system is an army of White Blood cells that search, capture and engulf foreign bacteria or viruses located in your body.
Every day you're exposed to bacteria, viruses, and fungal infections. Your white blood cells protect you.
How can you support the army of white blood cells in your body?
Tips To Supercharge Your Immune System:
- Reduce your sugar and alcohol intake.
Sugar and alcohol are two of the leading factors that impede white blood cells mobility. White blood cells can move independently of the blood flow. Sugar and alcohol can decrease their ability to do this. As a result, it leaves you being a little bit more vulnerable to infection. Do you White Blood Cells a favour and ditch the sugar and alcohol
- Ensure Nutrient-Rich Diet.
This means making vegetables, salad and fruit the majority of every meal. Vegetables have a lot of great nutrients that feed or give you nutrients that your body your white blood cells need to do their job.
Include foods high in Vitamin C as it is can help the white blood cells to maintain their mobility and infection-fighting activity. Foods high levels of vitamin C include lychees, citrus, oranges, lemons, mango, apricots, cherries, berries, tomato, capsicum.
Foods high in Vitamin A can also enhance your immune cells and help them to do their job. Orange-yellow fruits and veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots, mangoes are high in beta carotene, which your body can convert to vitamin A. Pre-formed Vitamin A can be found in dairy foods - butter and cheese.
Vitamin D is another very important nutrient that your immune system needs to keep it mobile and to keep working. Regular short bursts of sunlight exposure on your skin is vital to manufacture Vitamin D. You only need about 5 minutes of Australian sun per day on the skin without blockout. Another way to get Vitamin D is to eat mushrooms that have been exposed to sunlight. Deep-Sea Fish, cheese and eggs are another source of Vitamin D.
Zinc is vital for the majority of the cellular reactions in the body, especially for the immune system. My favourite way of getting zinc is from eating Pepitas, or green pumpkin seeds. Add a handful a day to salads or smoothies, you can have them as a great snack on their own.
Vitamin and Mineral supplements can help to boost your nutrient levels.
- Enjoy Regular Exercise
Regular Exercise and movement move your lymphatic system and muscles. Your lymphatic system supports your army of white blood cells. Getting exercise through any form of movement will help your lymphatic system support your immunity. The movement from exercise also helps the blood circulate and transport your white blood cells around your body.
Exercise improves mood and decreases stress, both of which can help support the immune system.
Gentle exercise is beneficial, activities like walking, swimming, cycling, yoga, anything that gets that circulation and gets the lymphatic system moving. Make your exercise gentle, simple and regular. Find an activity that is fun - grab a friend and go for a walk regularly, dance around the house, enjoy nature while paddleboarding. Just get moving for your health!
- Include Herbs and Spices.
Many of us forget the amazing ability herbs and spices have. We all think that we might put it in a bit of food just to add some flavour. But these herbs and spices have some amazing antiviral and antibacterial properties, that's going to fortify your immune system.
Examples of these are ginger, garlic, onions, basil, thyme, turmeric and sage. Adding a few of these herbs or spices to your meal not only gives you amazing flavour but supports your Immune System through the action of being antimicrobial to help kill off some viruses and bacteria. Be liberal when adding these herbs and spices into your meals to help support your Immune System.
- Get a Restful Night Sleep.
Ensure that you're getting enough good quality refreshing sleep. If you're not sleeping during the night, your body's not getting that time to nourish and regenerate and be able to build its defences.
The average sleeping hours that a person needs is 8 hours a day. If you are having a hard time getting refreshing sleep, read this article for tips.
Now that you have learnt proven tips to keep your Immune System strong, it’s time to ask yourself… How important it is to protect myself and my family to these viral threats?
If you are having a hard time but you want to make you and your family safe, let me know so I can help you out.