How to Strengthen Your Immune System
Want to strengthen your immune system? Whether you’re sick or just want to support your immune system, there are plenty of ways to increase your immunity power.
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Do you get sick a lot? Whether your immune system is simply weak or you have a deficiency or disorder, it’s so important to nourish your body and support your immune system.
Even if the above doesn’t apply to you, I’m sure you want to keep it that way and continue to support your immune system. Fortunately, there are tons of ways you can keep your immune system strong!
what is the immune system?
Before we get into that, though, let’s start at the beginning. what is the immune system? Put simply, the immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs (primarly microbes) that work together to defend the body against attacks by “foreign” invaders, like bacteria, parasites, and fungi that can cause infections. (source)
But for as much as we know about how the immune system works, there is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies of the immune response. It’s extremely complicated and often controversial as the immune system isn’t just one organ, it’s (as its name implies) an entire interconnected system.
But here’s what we do know: every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when we lead a healthy lifestyle, particularly as we age. It’s important that we not only protect ourselves from all of the toxins we’re hit with every day, but also that we nourish our bodies with the right foods, supplements, and lifestyle choices, like sleep, exercise and stress management.
So let’s get started–here are five ways to strengthen your immune system!
Take Supplements to Strengthen Your Immune System
There are a handful of supplements on the market that can be a great support to your immune system, like probiotics, the good bacteria that supports your immune system, colloidal silver and astragalus root.
I’ve taken countless different probiotics over the years, but my favorite is Seed’s Daily Synbiotic that’s actually backed by science (a synbiotic is a combination of probiotics and prebiotics–prebiotics are a special form of dietary fiber that act as a fertilizer for the good bacteria in your gut). Psst… go here to use the code ROOTANDREVEL to get 15% off the first month of Seed’s Daily Synbiotic probiotic + prebiotic subscription!
Glutathione is another supplement that’s great for supporting immunity. I recommend Setria® Glutathione, a branded form of glutathione that’s manufactured through a patented fermentation process to yield high purity and quality.
Setria® Glutathione is vegetarian and allergen-free, and contains no additives, artificial flavors or preservatives. It can be found in many brands, including Healthy Origins, Healthy Directions, Zaca, Intox-Detox, ThinkitDrinkit and (my personal favorite) Now, which is also vegan and Kosher.
What is Glutathione? Great question! Glutathione, dubbed the body’s master antioxidant, is present in almost all cells of the body, protecting us from the damaging effects of oxidative stress by neutralizing harmful free radicals and binding with and eliminating harmful chemicals and toxins. Glutathione also recycles vitamins E and C.
Or in other words, Glutathione acts as a molecular “garbage collector,” cruising all tissues and removing unwanted toxins.
Unfortunately, modern lifestyle choices (chronic stress, environmental toxins, smoking, processed foods, overuse of medications, etc.) can deplete glutathione levels.
The good news: supplementing daily with Setria® Glutathione helps support and maintain optimal glutathione levels, which aid in the body’s detoxification process by supporting the liver and kidneys (whose main job is to process all ingested substances and eliminate any toxic components), GI tract and intestines, barring the absorption of reactive chemicals. (source)
Setria® Glutathione also supports the body’s defense, your immune system. And it helps your body fight oxidative stress (aka aging).
You can also get glutathione from food–the best sources include freshly prepared meats, including poultry and fish, and fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly broccoli and cabbage.
Strengthen Your Immune System With Sleep
Among sleep’s many health benefits, studies have shown that lack of it increases your risk of getting sick–not only getting an infectious disease including the common cold virus, but also reactivation of a past disease, like chicken pox or shingles. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick.
It’s true–sleep and the circadian system exert a strong regulatory influence on immune functions. A lot of it comes down to a complicated process involving cytokines that I won’t bore you with, but here’s what you need to know: your body needs sleep to fight infectious diseases, most people need between 7-10 hours of sleep every night to bolster your immune system and help keep it primed for attack.
And getting quality sleep every night will reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease. (source) So get some rest!
Regular Exercise Improves Immunity
As you’ve likely started to catch on here, immunity has a lot to do with how healthy your overall lifestyle is. And by now, we all know that regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. According to Harvard,
exercise improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases. And just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. [In fact, exercise] may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.
Not only that, but it’s been proven that people who live more sedentary lifestyles are far more likely to get colds or other infectious diseases. So get moving!
Reduce stress to Boost your Immune System
So many of us are under chronic stress, whether emotionally or physically. And by now, we know that stress can cause almost every disease known to man, not mention making us sad, depressed, anxious and downright panicky. Turns out, the stress response also suppresses the immune system, increasing our susceptibility to colds and other illnesses. (source)
So controlling our stress responses and reducing the stress in our lives is so important, not just for immunity, but for our overall wellbeing. Earlier this year, I shared some of the ways that I de-stress, including yoga, meditation, acupuncture, massage, being in nature, and spending time doing things I love with people I love. You can learn more about how to reduce your own stress levels here.
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Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links, and I will earn a commission if you purchase through these links. Please note that I've linked to these products purely because I recommend them and they are from companies I trust. There is no additional cost to you.