Boosting your immunity
At this time of year, particularly if you live in the Northern Hemisphere of predominant damp & cool climate & with shorter daylight hours, immune function can be affected and, in some cases, adversely compromised.
Many people travel to and from work in the dark, work indoors with artificial lighting and some describe how they feel in Winter as having “Sunflower Syndrome”.
So, I thought that it might prove interesting to feature a few basics here today as to how to maintain the immune system.
In advance of the New year, when many choose to look at doing detox programs and getting into a new regime of exercise, weight loss if needed, I’ll be advising on the massive importance of correcting Microbiome function.
Like an invisible army, your immune system diligently patrols your body, working around the clock to fight bacteria, viruses or other enemies that can poison your system.
Symptoms vs Illness
Treating symptoms is not the goal of nutritional therapy. It is to work on optimizing how all body systems work. The body is designed to heal and repair itself, but it can’t do this if systems are challenged.
What affects immunity
Lack of Sleep-
While you sleep your body is busy repairing, rejuvenating and healing. It’s also the time when your natural killer cells get on the move, fighting infection from foreign invaders. If you don’t get enough sleep, this important aspect of your immunity can’t do its work, and the number of killer cells in your body falls, making you more prone to infection and disease.
“You are what you eat & assimilate”. Good nutrients are essential for every part of your immune system. When you eat healthily you give your body the basic building blocks it needs for renewal, repair and defence against illness. Even when there is good diet, if the digestive system isn’t working properly, then nutrients do not get broken down and made available for the blood stream to transport. Digestive function is often affected by stomach ph being too acidic. The peristaltic pace of food matter moving through the colon and small intestine should be consistent, and result in daily bowel movement of a formed stool that is easy to pass. Its ok to have more than one bowel movement a day if stool is formed.
When you’re under stress, your adrenal glands release too much cortisol, which hampers your immune response, increasing your risk of infection and inflammation. This activity according to studies contributes to the development of diabetes, cancer, auto-immune problems and the onset of arthritis.
Overuse of antibiotics
The regular use of antibiotics upsets your guts balance of healthy bacteria, which help to fight off invaders.
Too many toxins
Environmental toxins (in the air and water, and in food) compromise your immune response because they divert precious energy from fighting infection to eliminating these harmful substances,
Depression, unhappiness, anxiety and a negative attitude to life all seem to have an inhibiting effect on immunity. Scientific studies consistently show that people with an upbeat, positive outlook have more robust immune systems.
It stands to reason that if all these factors weaken your immunity, avoiding them or working to overcome them will help to boost your immunity. The most important immunity-boosters are to eat a healthy, immunity boosting diet; to learn to relax , make sure you get adequate sleep and avoid environmental toxins by getting plenty of fresh air and eat organic & fresh whole foods as much as possible.
Author & Credits - Mandy J Blaney