Wednesday March 18, 2020
The immune system is a network of organs, cells and proteins that protect the body from viruses, bacteria, and any foreign substance that could potentially harm the body.
Daily, our immune system works hard for us. While we can’t control everything in our environment, there are some lifestyle changes we can make to help our immune system perform its job the best way it knows how! Want to know how the immune system works click here!
Step Out In The Sun
Sunlight is a major contributor of Vitamin D production in the body. Vitamin D aids the body to produce antibodies. Something as simple as a brisk walk outside for 10–15 minutes can help ensure sufficient Vitamin D is produced by the body. Here are more reasons to go outdoors
Did you know? Low levels of Vitamin D has been deemed as one of the major factors for respiratory problems.
Working out regularly can mobilize your T cells (a type of white blood cell). In a 2006 study of 115 women, participants who engaged in moderate exercise (such as a brisk walk) for about 30 minutes a day experienced less colds compared to women who did not exercise routinely. Get moving here
Chronic stress suppresses your immune system by the release of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol inhibits T-cells from signaling the body. Cortisol also decreases the antibody secretory IgA (ImmunoglobulinA), which lines the respiratory tract and gut. Learn more about stress here
Spinach is rich in vitamin C, beta carotene, and other vital natural antioxidants which may increase your immune system’s ability to ward of infections. It’s most beneficial to consume spinach when it’s cooked as little as possible to retain its nutrients. Wonder what other fruits and veggies are best raw? Click here!
Papaya packed with vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B, folate, and papain (anti-inflammatory). All of these support the immune system naturally.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds contain phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin B, and vitamin E. Vitamin E is important in maintaining a healthy immune system. Other foods containing vitamin E include avocados and dark leafy greens.
Did you know? Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin.
Green tea is steamed and not fermented (compared to black tea), so most of the health benefits in green tea is preserved. Green tea is an excellent source of the amino acid L-theanine. L-theanine may aid in the production of T-cells. Learn why fermented isn’t always best here
The compounds found in noni fruit have a variety of health benefits, including:
- Boosts the immune system to help maintain overall good health
- Soothes skin irritations
- Supports a healthy response to inflammation
- Provides natural antioxidant protection against free radical damage
Did you know? The noni fruit was traditionally used fresh, raw and unfermented.
We follow that tradition today by dehydrating raw noni pulp (called Noni Fruit Leather) at a low heat below 115 F that prevents fermentation and maintains all the beneficial compounds and enzymes so you receive the full potency of the raw fruit to help promote overall good health.