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Posted on: January 14, 2020 by Louise
Help to prevent colds and flue
About the immune system
The immune system makes up the body’s primary defence against harmful pathogens, infectious bacteria and other ‘invaders’. Through a series of steps, together referred to as “the immune response”, this attacks the organisms and substances that infiltrate body systems and cause disease.
The immune system comprises a network of cells, tissues and organs located throughout the body. For instance, arguably the most important part of the immune system is in the gut, which is home to Gut Associated Lymphoid Tissue (found in the intestines). GALT is considered to be the largest collection of immune cells in the body – 70% of all antibody producing cells are located here!
In this way, a number of systems work together to protect the body, including the digestive system, the lymphatic system, the urinary system and the liver. If one system is under strain (for example, as a result of a high toxic load, inflammation, acidity etc), this will place additional stress on other systems.
Immune-boosting should therefore always be viewed as a holistic exercise, which involves all aspects of health – including everything from diet and exercise, to potential food allergies, gut integrity and digestive disorders.
We stock a range of holistic supplements that help support the immune system including the ImmunoBiotic Complex, scientifically proven system support, this multi-strain combination has been specially formulated with both active bacteria and other beneficial nutrients. Blended with vitamin D3, it offers scientifically backed support.
Foods which can also support the immune system are
An essential nutrient, vitamin C acts as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help fight free radicals, a type of unstable molecule known to damage the immune system.1 There’s some evidence that vitamin C may be particularly helpful in boosting the immune systems of people under major stress. To increase your vitamin C intake, add these foods to your diet:
citrus fruits and juices (such as orange and grapefruit)
red and green peppers
Like vitamin C, vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant. Research suggests maintaining ample levels of vitamin E is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune system, especially among older people. To get your fill of vitamin E, look to these foods:
wheat germ oil
Zinc is an essential mineral involved in the production of certain immune cells. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) caution that even mildly low levels of zinc may impair your immune function.2 Here are some top food sources of zinc:
Another type of antioxidant, carotenoids are a class of pigments found naturally in a number of plants. When consumed, carotenoids are converted into vitamin A (a nutrient that helps regulate the immune system).3 Look to these foods to boost your carotenoids:
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are a type of essential fatty acid known to suppress inflammation and keep the immune system in check.4 Although it’s not known whether omega-3s can help fight off infections (such as the common cold), research suggests that omega-3s can protect against immune system disorders like Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Try these omega-3-rich foods:
oily fish (including mackerel, tuna, salmon, sardines, herring, and trout)
To keep your immune system healthy, it’s important to get sufficient sleep, exercise regularly, and manage your stress.