Now more than ever it is important to have a strong immune system, as it is our body’s first barrier of defence against disease. A powerful immune system is one of the best ways to reduce the risk of catching infectious diseases and is fundamental in fighting these diseases quickly and effectively. The good news is that this crucial defence barrier and gateway to good health can be boosted naturally in a few simple steps.
Here are the top 6 ways to naturally increase the
effectiveness of your immune system:
1.Get enough sleep
Research suggests that getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night is a great way to naturally boost your immune system. When you sleep your immune system produces proteins called cytokines, which target infection and inflammation. Getting a lack of sleep can seriously harm the immune system and leave you more exposed to common colds and flu. In order to get an effective nights sleep, research suggests reducing screen time at least an hour before you get ready for bed. Aromatherapy candles and sprays with essential oils, such as lavender, can also aid relaxation and help you reach a deeper state of slumber. Get those zzz to help fight off disease!
2. Eat well to live well.
You are what you eat, literally! What you put into your body has a direct impact on gut health and regulation of the immune system. Therefore, good nutrition is the cornerstone to a better functioning immune system. Eating at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day can help keep illness away and an antioxidant rich diet can majorly boost the body’s immunity. If you want to help strengthen your body from the inside out, make sure you pack in those antioxidant rich foods such as: berries, citrus fruits, kale, carrots, and spinach.
Fresh garlic has also been known to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. Moreover, mushrooms such as reichi and maitake help to improve the immune system by producing chemicals that help the body respond to infection. Help your body to keep you healthy by being more mindful of what you fuel it with.
Even partaking in just 20 minutes of exercise 3 times a week can significantly improve the body’s ability to fight off infections by enhancing the function of your white blood cells. The endorphins that exercise releases in your brain are key agents to fight against stress and to help you sleep better. This simultaneously makes you feel good in the moment, and boosts your immune system for the future.
Even though life can seem particularly uncertain and stressful at the moment, it is even more important to take a minute to just breathe. There is extensive research suggesting that stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline, are incredibly damaging to the immune system. Taking time out of your day to meditate, or slowing down with some yoga, can help you manage stress levels and have innumerable benefits to your health.
Probiotics are live microorganisms which naturally balance the bacteria in your gut, therefore increasing your overall immunity and reducing the risk of disease. They help the ‘good’ bacteria in your gut to outweigh the ‘bad’ bacteria and this greatly increases the functionality of your digestive system, whilst also regulating your immune system. As over 70% of the immune system lives in our stomach, so keeping your gut balanced is an essential and easy way to maintain an incredible immune system.
6.Last, but certainly not least, is vitamin intake
Vitamin C is a po tent antioxidant and is fundamental in supporting many parts of your immune defence system. Primarily, vitamin C encourages the production of white blood cells, the body’s first defence mechanism against infection. It then helps these white blood cells function more efficiently by boosting your blood antioxidant levels, this protects the immune system by guarding cells from harmful molecules that can cause chronic diseases. Vitamin C is not only crucial for the body’s internal immunity regulation, but also for its external regulation as it plays an active role in the skin’s defence system and can build up the skin’s barriers against infection.
However, our bodies do not naturally produce vitamin C so it must be sourced externally. Whilst it is beneficial to eat citrus fruits and obtain vitamin C from food sources, people often fall short of the recommended daily intake from food alone.
Zinc is another vitamin which is not produced by the body itself, but plays a vital role in maintaining our immune system’s effectiveness. Zinc is a key factor in regulating the strength of our skin cells and protecting the body against immunity depleting cells.
Our Daily Defence Product, which launches in October, contains both vitamin C and zinc to help boost your immune system. It is an immunity protecting nutritional supplement and helps to quickly strengthen your immunity from within. It does this by increasing your amount of friendly bacteria and promoting a healthy gut. Daily Defence not only contains both these vitamins, but also contains probiotic ingredients such as Pysllium Husk. This helps to nourish our probiotics, whilst simultaneously balancing the ratio between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria. Another super immune boosting ingredient that Daily Defence contains is quercitin, which helps to regulate and reduce inflammation in the gut.
We produce all our vitamins in the U.K. and use only the highest quality of blends, recommended by nutritionalists, so your health is in professional hands. In addition, our tablets are made from the most bio-available form of vitamin, this makes it easy for your body to absorb and equals faster results. Like this simple list, our vitamins are no-nonsense! No one likes to take 5 pills a day, so our unique blends guarantee optimum results with minimum effort and a maximum of two tablets a day.
Alongside these other steps, our vitamins will help to increase the function of your immune system and help protect your body from disease. In these uncertain times it is vital to take every step you can to protect your health, and now it couldn’t be simpler as we have combined 3 immunity maximising ingredients into just one blend of Daily Defence!