Build Your Immune System Naturally- Part 2

What we feed ourselves feeds all of the cells that make up or body and it”s working systems. If you’re not feeding your body the right nutrients then you’re not fueling your body’s systems, without the right fuel you cannot expect correct function, if any function at all!

So what’s best? Good wholesome fruits, veggies, protein and probiotics! Start with cutting out breads, pasta, alcohol and sugar, these foods are doing you no favours in the immune department. Did you know? One small chocolate bar can suppress your body’s immune response for more than 24hrs!! Another good idea is to try and stay away from preservatives in packaged goods, opt for pesticide free produce and look for organic, free range and hormone free animal products.
Get some extra boosts to your immunity by adding these to your diet:

  • Turmeric
  • Citrus fruits
  • Ginger and garlic

Improve your gut health- Your gut holds all of your Probiotic microorganisms (good bacteria) Probiotics support our immune system, aid digestion and assist with nutrient absorption into our bloodstream. Foods that promote healthy bacteria are kefir, Kombucha, yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and other fermented vegetables.

Just 30mins of moderate exercise 3 times a week has many benefits and one of those is increasing immune function. In 2018 a study showed the reduction of cold’s and flu’s in participants that had a regular exercise regime of 3 or more days a week. The study concluded that those who exercise were 26% less likely to catch a cold or flu.
Keeping your body moving can also boost your mood (TIP #1), reduce your weight, build strength, help prevent injury and & it can all be done outdoors (TIP#2).
Exercise can be fun and adventurous, try:

  • Park boot camps
  • Pilates/Yoga classes
  • Surfing/Swimming
  • Hiking/bush walking
  • Bike riding/Roller blading

Build Your Immune System Naturally-Part 1

A strong immune system is vital for our health however; we are not always taking care of it. Times like these remind us of just how important our immunity can be. We love our patients and care about your health and well being greatly, that is why we have dedicated this month to helping you and your family build stronger immune systems and healthier lives.
Your mood doesn’t just affect your day or the people around you, it also affects your immune system, in fact they have done many recent studies showing how chronic exposure to stress, anxiety and negative moods can change the way our immune response functions.

The immune system is made up of billions of cells that travel through the blood stream. The main fighting cell being the white blood cell-Lymphocyte. Lymphocyte consists of a cell that produces anti bodies and destroys bacteria, and a T-cell that lock onto infected cells, multiply and destroy them before further infection occurs.
When we feel stress the brain stimulates the endocrine system, releasing hormones that have an effect on the T-cell, reducing their ability to multiply thus reducing their ability to destroy the harmful bacteria, leaving us more susceptible to illness.

Ways to improve your mood:

  • Trust us it makes all the difference, try it now!
  • A great way to calm your mind during stressful times.
  • Who doesn’t feel great after a boogie? Alternatively, exercise!
  • Showing gratitude for even the smallest things can help give you that warm fuzzy feeling; studies have shown it also helps to reduce anxiety.

Get a dose of natural VIT D. New studies have shown the effect that the sunbs rays have on the T-cells in your body. As we know (from TIP #1) T-cells are a vital part of our immune system.
Sunlight has been proven to increase movement in these cells, because these cells need to move to work, the faster they can move the faster the work gets done!
Get a daily dose of sunlight safely by trying these.

  • Exercise outside
  • Drink your morning coffee in the sun
  • Eat your lunch in the park instead of at the desk