Getting sick is never fun, but it can be even worse if your immune system isn’t up to scratch. Without a good immune system to nurse you back to health, you could find yourself in a cycle of never-ending illness and doctors visits.
If you’re concerned that your immune system isn’t performing, never fear! A few simple adjustments to your diet and lifestyle will help to ensure your immune system is looked after, and ready to defend your body from the next illness that strikes.
What is the immune system?
Your immune system is essentially your body’s security system: it protects you from unwelcome viruses, diseases, germs and bacteria. It works around the clock to keep your body safe and functioning.
It’s comprised of several parts which work together to keep you protected:
- Skin: the first line of defence, this physical barrier helps to keep germs and bacteria at bay
- Mucus: this antibacterial sticky substance lines your lungs to catch invading germs and prevent them spreading further around your body via the bloodstream
- Bone Marrow: part of your lymph system, this produces and releases white blood cells
- White blood cells: produce antibodies to track down and attack bacteria and viruses
- Gut: this area is frequently attacked by viruses, so requires good levels of good bacteria to fight back
What are the signs of a good immune system?
A good immune system has many benefits, including:
- Milder symptoms with illness
- Speedier recovery from infections
- Boosted energy levels
- Better mood
- Improved sleep quality
How to Boost your Immune System
Without a healthy immune system your body will struggle to heal and recover. If you feel your immune system could do with a boost, we’ve created a handy guide to help:
A healthy diet plays a big part in supporting a healthy immune system. Foods containing high levels of refined sugar and starchy carbohydrates can suppress the immune function and make it prone to inflammation. Instead, opt for foods rich in antioxidants and healthy fats, such as Omega– 3 fatty acids, found in fish and nuts.
Foods high in fibre are another great way to boost your immune system. You want to opt for high-fibre food that are packed with good bacteria like vegetables, fruit, yoghurt and fermented food such as kimchi. This way, you can help aid good bacteria in the gut.
With around 70-80% of the immune system in the digestive system, a healthy gut goes a long way towards a good immune system. Our Garden of Life Microbiomes Platinum Restore 200B Capsules aid in restoring digestive balance, supporting your gut health and your immune system.
TOP TIP: if you’re struggling to introduce more fruit and vegetables in to your diet, use the ROYGBIV method and ‘eat the rainbow’: tomatoes, carrots, bananas, kale, blueberries, plums. This ensures your diet is not only deliciously varied but packed with immune boosting nutrients such as vitamin C.