Do you believe in preventative health and doing things to improve your health and well-being including improving your immune system?
Here are some of my top tips to help boost your immune system naturally...
Natural Health Tip 1 - Eat Well
The immune system is strongly influenced by what you eat.
Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
To get the most out of your 5 a day eat a wide variety of fruit and vegetables from all the colours of the rainbow
Take a probiotic as a supplement or through food (such as sauerkraut and kimchi) to improve your gut health. Probiotics are live bacteria that live in the lining of your gut and are good for your digestive system. They stop the growth of harmful gut bacteria.
Avoid processed foods. Processed foods tend to be high in unhealthy fats, high in sugar, and have added artificial ingredients.
Natural Health Tip 2 - Get Enough of each Vitamin
Eat food that gives enough Vitamin C and Vitamin D or take good quality supplements.
Vitamin C plays an essential role in the human body and supports normal immune function, according to a report in the journal Nutrients. A deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to a higher likelihood of infections, particularly of the respiratory system.
Foods high in Vitamin C include citrus fruits, strawberries, broccoli, brussel sprouts, mango, melon.
A study on Vitamin D suggests that the ‘sunshine’ vitamin may reduce the risks of infection according to research published in the British Medical Journal, BMJ.
In the UK from early April to the end of September, most people get enough Vitamin D from sunshine. You can also get Vitamin D from your diet.
Foods high in Vitamin D include fatty fish, cheese, egg yolks, mushrooms.
If you feel like you are not getting enough of these vitamins from the foods that you eat, then you can take a good quality vitamin supplement.
Natural Health Tip 3 - Reduce Stress
Anxiety can trigger your flight-or-fight stress response and release a flood of hormones, such as adrenaline and corticosteroid, into your system. This can weaken your immune system, leaving you more vulnerable to infections and illnesses.
So try not to worry (I know it’s easier said than done!). Things that you can do to reduce stress are:
practice yoga (there are lots of clips on You Tube, and I particularly like Yoga with Adriene)
mindfulness or meditation
doing something you enjoy
What are the things that you enjoy? Try making time to do these things a few times a week.
Natural Health Tip 4 - Get Enough Sleep
Your body needs sleep in order to fight infectious diseases. The optimal amount of sleep for most adults is 7-8 hours of good quality sleep a night.
During sleep, your immune system releases cytokines. Certain cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you're under stress.
Sleep deprivation may reduce the production of these protective cytokines. As well as this, infection-fighting antibodies and cells are reduced when you don't get enough sleep.
Sleep is so important!
Natural Health Tip 5 - Do Diaphragmatic Breathing Daily
Deep diaphragmatic breathing controls the flow of lymph fluid, which contains white blood cells and other immune cells to protect the body. These cells then destroy invaders like bacteria and viruses.
This type of breathing is also good at reducing the stress hormone, cortisol.
The Importance of the Lymphatic System for the Immune System
The lymphatic system works as part of the immune system to destroy unwanted toxins. It alerts the body and helps it to fight infection.
Most cells in your body are surrounded by lymph fluid. The lymphatic system is like your body's sewage system. The cells take oxygen and nutrients necessary for their health from the lymph. The cells excrete toxins and dead cells into the lymph.
The lymph fluid passes through the lymph nodes, where dead cells and other toxins are destroyed before they can do damage to the body.
Homeopathy for Boosting your Immune System
As homeopathy treats you as a whole and provides a tailored approach, it is effective at helping strengthen your natural immunity, by improving the efficiency of your lymphatic and immune systems.
You may wish to consider having homeopathy treatment for immune support or to lessen recurrent infections.
Is homeopathy for you?
Homeopathy is used all over the world for so many health issues including boosting immunity. Whether you have a big health issue that is stopping you from getting on with your life, or niggly health 'annoyances', feel free to contact me if you think I may be able to help.
If you would like to speak to me about how homeopathy may help with boosting the immune system I offer a free 30 minute discovery call. During this call, we talk about you, your symptoms, and how they are affecting you. I will ask you some questions to see if homeopathy may be beneficial to you.
I am always happy to hear from you.