Fact: a healthy body is dependent on strong immunity. But this doesn’t have to mean avoiding germs like the plague and eating your weight in citrus fruits. Here are five ways to help strengthen your system naturally and give illness the flick, once and for all.
1. Be savvy about supplements
The gut is where 80 percent of your immune cells hang out, so effectively, this is where our bodies decide what bacteria breaches the gates. By strengthening our microbiome with a probiotic, we’re way less likely to get sick, suffer from allergies or develop auto immune diseases. The good news? Adding fermented foods to your diet (like sauerkraut, pickles, and yoghurt to name a few) will also work a treat.
2. Go old school
Let’s be real, if anyone knows what’s up, it’s Grandma. Take a leaf outta her book and incorporate bone broth into your eating regime. The natural gelatin, collagen and amino acids it contains promote wound healing, support immune cells and are perf for gut upkeep. It’s no wonder it’s having a major resurgence in the wellness world right now.
3. Flirt with funghi
Some varieties of mushrooms have powerful medicinal properties, meaning they work hard to not only fill our bellies, but also heal our bodies too. Take enokis; they contain a rich supply of nutrients called beta glucans that boost the production of nitric oxide – one of the key mechanisms our bodies need to destroy diseased cells.
4. Get your sweat on
Never heard of dermcidin? It’s a protein that’s manufactured in sweat glands that protects against invading germs. Which essentially means when you workout you’re actually preventing bad bacteria from entering your body. In fact, a recent study published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine found that 45 minutes of brisk exercise five days a week halved sickness rates.
5. Make it mindful
One of the quickest ways to run yourself to the ground is by being overly stressed. Thankfully, meditation is an easy way to save yourself the sick days. In short: it increases electrical activity in the left side of the brain; the part that acts as a command centre for your immune system. This helps it work more efficiently and, in turn, produce more defence cells. Win.