Immune Boosting Tips
During the season of colds and flu, is there anything we can do to avoid getting sick?
Keeping the body's immune system strong and at maximum efficiency is one of the keys to good health. The immune system protects the body and enables it to fight off infectious agents and rids itself of abnormal and worn out cells.1 In part, the immune system works by inducing chemical changes that alter body processes in order to guard and defend itself against foreign bodies.2
A fully working and maintained immune system can mean fewer illnesses, better protection from cancer, slower aging, reduced stress, increased energy, quicker recovery and of course protection from those dreaded colds and flu.2
Diet and exercise play a major role in boosting the immune system. Stress is also an immune system depressant and time should be taken each day to relax and meditate.
Regular, but moderate exercise is vital in boosting the immune function as this will increase blood-flow and consequently accelerate the movement of immune cells around the body. Exercise will also increase the production of endorphins. Endorphins are the ‘feel good’ hormones and create an all round feeling of well-being.
Inadequate nutrition and an excess intake of fat is associated with immune dysfunction.2 An adequate intake of nutrients are particularly important for the maintenance of immune function. These include:
Fruits and vegetables form an important part of a well balanced, immune system boosting, diet. These contain Vitamin C and beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A), both of which increase the potency of white blood cells and act as antioxidants. Citrus fruits, kiwi, strawberries, dark leafy greens, broccoli, spinach, red and orange capsicums are all good sources of Vitamin C and/or beta carotene.
Your diet should be well balanced. You should limit or avoid all saturated fats and polyunsaturates as much as possible. Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish such as tuna, mackerel, salmon etc can actually improve immune activity. Garlic and onion are two very important foods as they act as anti microbials.
We recommend the following products for boosting your immune system:
Vitamin C Spirulina Immunity Capsules from Aussie Health Products
Wild C Truly Natural Vitamin C from Biome
Zinc from Aussie Health Products
2. Cataldo, C.B; Rolfes, S.R; Whitney, E.N: Understanding normal and clinical nutrition. 2002 Wadworth Group.
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