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Maria Harpas

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How to Build Your Immune System

by | May 26, 2020 | Immune System, Nutrition

How to Build Your Immune System

by | May 26, 2020 | Immune System, Nutrition

 How to Build Your IMMUNITY During this Time?

 

We need to think of the immune system from a bigger picture perspective.  Its an orchestra of things that effect the immune system rather than one thing, here are some important things that effect our immune system.

 

SLEEP

 

  • Both quality and quantity if not right, will make us feel run down if on going and this effects our stress hormones which influence our immune system. 

 

Then our DIET

 

  • A poor diet will negatively effect our gut microbiome which basically is the control center of our immune system.
  • Our microbiome likes plant fibers, fermented foods like sauerkraut, kefir, apple cider vinegar rather than sugars and white refined processed foods.
  • Also a good diet will contain really important nutrients which the immune system relies on such as zinc, vitamin C, vitamin A and B vitamins to name a few.

 

The other important factor is:

 

How we manage STRESS

 

I say manage because if you’re a human you cant avoid stress!

 

  • If stress isn’t managed with good problem solving skills, and better ways to perceive situations then life becomes very STRESSFUL! These skills are critical and worth the effort to learn.
  • HIGH stress causes us to release too much cortisol for too long this has a cascade of effects on our gut, immune system and hormones.
  • Stress also influences our behaviour, our FOOD and sleep choices.

 

VITAMIN D

 

  • A real major influencer for our immune system, it’s worth checking our levels and it’s the vitmain (aka hormone) that we get from the sun.

 

MOVEMENT/EXERCISE

 

  • Our immune story would not be complete without a mention about exercise! Movement helps our gut motility, detoxification pathways and helps us produce the chemicals which control our mood – this all results in an environment that supports our immune system.

 

These things are bigger than just one food……….

 

In saying that there is a special immune tea I love: – infused- grated fresh garlic, ginger, lemon, turmeric and a dash raw honey.

 

These are also good to consume for your immunity;

 

  • Bone broths
  • Good amounts of protein foods
  • Vegetables
  • healthy oils and fats

 

Food preparation is often forgotten, when we talk about healthy eating – so don’t forget steamed and slow cooked meals over deep fried fast foods and processed foods!

 

*** Finally do not forget to address underlying health conditions that might be effecting the immune system – this is absolutely critical *****