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How to Boost Your Immune System | Immunity 101

Oct 28, 2016 1:00:33 PM

The immunity system is the organism’s mechanism to fight the infections and other exterior agents that can cause diseases or imbalances. A healthy immune system will protect you from bacterial infections, parasites, fungal and viral infections. It will also stop or reduce tumour cell growth. Keeping your immune system healthy all year round is essential, especially after undergoing surgical procedures.

What can weaken the immune system?

You should know that the immune system is closely working together with your gut. The most common factors that can weaken your immune system and have a negative impact on your gut are:

  • Malnutrition
  • Emotions
  • Sleep disorders
  • UV radiations
  • Exposure to toxic compounds
  • Viral and bacterial infections
  • Cosmetic surgeries
  • Blood transfusions
  • Stress

80% of our immune system is influenced by the gut. It is essential to keep a healthy digestive track by maintaining the balance of good bacteria in your stomach. It is also recommended to eat fermented foods like yogurt and pickles but also garlic and onions, green vegetables, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, beans and coconut.

Dollarphotoclub_89832312-1024x683Symptoms of a weakened immune system

Depending on the general health state of the organism, the symptoms of a lowered immune system can manifest in varying degrees, affecting the whole body or just certain areas, without following a specific pattern. When the immune system is not working properly, the organism is exposed to immunodeficiency diseases.

Signs of low immunity include:

    • Recurrent illnesses (cold and flu)
    • Fatigue
    • Allergies and frequent infections (sinuses inflammations)
    • Slower healing
    • Yeast infections
    • Pneumonia
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Efficient methods to support and optimise your immune system:

Detox your body

A first step to boost your immunity system is to detox your organism of harmful toxins that can supress immunity. A healthy choice is to remove or reduce the consumption of sugar, wine, gluten, and dairy. You can go for a health check and request an IgG food intolerance test to identify the foods with a negative impact on your body. Also, the detoxifying can be extended to your mind, by eliminating stress inducing habits like negative thinking. The stress hormone also known as cortisol can cause an imbalance that has a negative effect on your nervous system. Also, they are responsible for diverting your blood flow from your gut preventing your organism from producing good bacteria.

Balance your system

After your system is clean, you need to correct your organism’s imbalances with the help of Probiotics, vitamins, and digestive enzymes. Meditation and exercising can help with the negative emotions and sleep disorders. Practicing regular exercising like yoga, stretching, jogging or swimming will improve your muscle tonus and balance your heart rate. When the body is fatigued, the energy level is low and exercise tends to be eliminated from our daily routine. In fact, practicing movement will promote tension release, fights tiredness and helps our body produce white blood cells (responsible for fighting germs). A simple stretching, bike ride or walk can boost up your immunity.

Protect your organism

To significantly improve your health state and immune system, it is recommended to include in your diet supplements like amino acids and phytonutrients. Vitamins like D, C, selenium and zinc can boost your immunity and you can get them from supplements or foods. You should consult a doctor before starting to take any vitamins - he will be able to identify your best options and depending on your medical situation if there are any contraindications.

Other recommendations include:

  • Eat more green leafy vegetables
  • Have healthy sleep habits and a good sleep environment
  • Eliminate poor nutrition and stress
  • Avoid dehydration
  • Exercise regularly
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