Build Your Immune System Naturally- Part 2
TIP #3- GETTING THE RIGHT FUEL
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:
- 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.
Tip #4 MOVEMENT
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
- Hiking/bush walking
- Bike riding/Roller blading