6 food tips to boost your immunity

Nutritional Supplements that will boost immunity

It’s powerful to trust that our bodies have an incredible power to heal themselves, but sometimes they just need a little help.

Whether you’re about to travel; or you happen to be surrounded by people who are unwell; or you are facing more stress than usual; or you’re just preparing yourself because you notoriously succumb to colds and flus through the winter; then boosting your immunity is your next step.

The overall quality of your health is directly determined by the vigour of your immune system – the network of interacting cells that are indispensable for defending the body (from invaders such as viruses, funguses, bacteria and parasites) as well as playing a pivotal role in the maintenance of health.

The key factors affecting immunity are stress; the health of the digestive system; environmental pollution; prescription medication and nutrition.

There are many tactics that will mobilise your own, innate healing power. Managing your stress through rest, breathing and relaxation are an important start. As is getting plenty of sleep (in bed by 10pm and rising with the sun, ish!), embracing 15 minutes or so of unprotected sun exposure each day and exercise. It goes without saying that a nutritious, whole foods diet and removing the toxins on your skin and environment are also critical.

If you are on top of all these tactics, then you may consider enhancing your immunity campaign by replenishing any nutritional deficiencies.

There is no question about the synergistic manner in which vitamins and minerals support the immune system. When you think about it, is your body sending you any messages that your immune system may be compromised? Chronic / continuous infections? Colds? Respiratory problems? Candida yeast overgrowth? Chronic fatigue? Chronic allergies? These are just to name a few of the ways that the body sends us its signals.

If you’re ready to power up your immune system then download this printable for ideas on nutritional supplements that will boost your immunity.

Nutritional supplements to support immunity

Do you believe in a prevention strategy for your health? What about an “immunity regime”: do you have one that instinctively seems to kick in each Autumn? I’d love to hear if you have any other tried and tested nutritional supplements that boost your health – drop me a note in the comments below!

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2 Responses to “6 food tips to boost your immunity”

  1. Clare March 24, 2015 at 2:09 pm #49369

    Hi Anita, I definitely believe in a prevention strategy to ward off the winter colds. Thanks for your summary above – it’s a great reference. Do you think we can get enough of these vitamins from food or should we be supplementing as well – it’s hard to know how much of something you need to eat to get the benefits! The other thing that’s great for boosting your immunity is a manual lymphatic drainage massage. 1 or 2 massages at the change of seasons can boost your immunity by stimulating your lymphatic system, increasing lymph flow which assists with elimination of toxins and enhances immune function. Clare.

    • Anita Fredericks March 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm #49469

      Thanks for your feedback Clare! Yes, I think that a lymphatic drainage massage would be an excellent complement to any immunity regime – great tip.
      As for supplements, it’s a difficult question to answer as each individual presents a unique profile. I’d like to think that if you are eating a whole food diet, including organic, grass-fed animal products; bone broths; fermented foods; bountiful fresh vegetables, nuts and seeds; as well as exercise, stress management and relaxation techniques, then you should not need a supplement. But that’s a pretty comprehensive list to fulfil in this day and age. A good naturopath or a functional medicine GP may be able to help you identify whether supplements are required. Best, Anita

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