Give Your Immunity A Fighting Chance

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We could start this piece by harping on about the world we’re living in, but we are all aware of this and don’t need the broken record reminder. What we will say, is that between the holidays and people going back to school and work, the risk of germs spreading increases. Throw in the impending change of season and our immune systems are working at maximum capacity.

So, to help you stay healthy and give your immune system a helping hand, we’ve got a few tips to help you boost your immunity.

Follow A Healthy Diet

Fuelling your body the right way is the first step on the journey to better immunity. This means your diet needs to be packed with nutrient-rich foods –  the more natural the better. If you follow a poor diet, you may find that you feel more run down and likely to get sick more often.

For a strong immune system and healthy body, you need vitamins, minerals and macronutrients – all found in the foods that we eat. Try including vegetables, fruit and leafy greens into your diet wherever possible.

Don’t Restrict Your Diet

Restrictive diets often exclude certain food groups and limit calories, which may compromise your immunity. Examples of this include keto diets, glycogen-depleted training and even plant-based diets when not properly managed.

Supplement Vitamins And Minerals

Sometimes our diets are not sufficient enough when it comes to our daily nutritional intake. If you are looking to boost it and strengthen your immunity, look into taking supplements for zinc, coenzyme Q10, selenium, beta carotene, iron and vitamins A, B6, B12, D and E.

While your diet may seem rich in these nutrients, processing and cooking and reduce the number of nutrients present. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the most efficient way to get your daily dose of nutrients.

Additional Supplements

For individuals leading a more active lifestyle, common supplements can be taken to promote muscle development while boosting your immune system. These supplements can include branched-chain amino acids (BCAA) and glutamine. This is because glutamine has the ability to stimulate immune cells and make you stronger, while a shortfall can increase your chances of getting sick. BCAAs encourage the production of glutamine, which in turn increases your immunity so you can spend more time having fun at, exercising, and simply enjoying life.

Promote Gut Health

Research has found that a healthy gut promotes stronger immunity. This is due to the bacteria present that aids digestion and promotes a healthy intestine.

Always Listen To Your Body

Your body will react to certain things, so when it warns you to slow down or that something isn’t right, stop and listen. The urge to just “push through” will pop up, but it’s not always the best idea. In some cases, it could make you even more sick.

It’s About Being Mindful

When it comes to boosting your immunity, the simplest thing to do is be mindful of everything you do and the things that you consume. You need to understand your body and what it needs and adapt accordingly.