It’s no surprise that during a pandemic, ‘immune boosting’ has become a trending topic.
Our immune system is on the whole, pretty remarkable; defending our body against harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins. However there are times where our immune system is unable to defend itself, and germs invade successfully, making us sick, weak and susceptible to more illnesses.
The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but the ability to do so has proved elusive for several reasons. The immune system is precisely that - a system, not a single entity. To function well, it requires balance and harmony.
Our diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, and other factors all have an effect on our immune response and general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand.
The winter months usually bring with them a variety of coughs and colds that attack our immune system and as we continue the fight against the COVID-19 virus - there’s no better time to make sure our bodies and immune system are getting the best support they can get. Here are a few suggestions to help your body function at its very best.
Exercise To Maintain A Healthy Immune System
Exercise plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system, as when we get our heart rate up, this increases the blood flow, reducing stress and inflammation within the body and it can also help to strengthen antibodies - a protective protein produced by the immune system in response to the presence of a foreign substance, called an antigen. Antibodies recognise and latch onto antigens in order to remove them from the body.
Physiologists Dr James Turner and Dr John Campbell from the University of Bath's Department for Health, reported that in the short term, exercise can help the immune system find and deal with pathogens (a bacterium, virus, or other microorganism that can cause disease) and in the long term, regular exercise slows down changes that happen to the immune system with ageing, therefore reducing the risk of infections.
So whether it’s a walk, run, cycle or yoga, try to start incorporating exercise into your routine!
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A study from Harvard University found that in healthy people, simply recalling an angry experience from their past caused a six-hour dip in levels of the antibody immunoglobulin A, the cells' first line of defense against infection.
Also it’s been said that when we’re stressed the immune system's ability to fight off antigens is reduced. That is why we are more susceptible to infections. The stress hormone corticosteroid can suppress the effectiveness of the immune system (e.g. lowers the number of lymphocytes).
With this in mind, it’s important to prioritise you and your mental wellbeing, and do things that keep you happy and stress-free. Whether that’s meditation, reading, or listening to your favourite playlist, take the time out of your day to focus on your needs and your happiness.
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A Healthy Diet For A Healthy Immune System
A healthy diet keeps the immune system balanced and ready to fight against infection and viruses. Your immune system needs real foods, not packaged or processed, so that the nutrients can work their magic on keeping our immune system functioning at its best.
Protein is the building block of immune cells and the more colourful your foods are, the healthier they are! Load up on those veggies and swap the takeaways for home cooking for a happier gut and a healthier immune system.
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Improve Your Sleep To Improve Your Immune System
Whilst we are asleep, our immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Certain cytokines need to increase when we have an infection or inflammation, or when we are under stress. A lack of sleep may decrease the production of the protective cytokines. And infection-fighting antibodies and cells reduce when we don’t get enough sleep.
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Make this January a time to focus on your health and happiness, so your immune system can stay functioning at its best!