5 Factors that Affect Your Immune System

Top tips to boost your immune system

  1. Keep your diet in check –
    • Minimise low nutrient foods like junk food and instead pile your plate high with nutrient dense wholefoods (fresh fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meat and fish).
    • Include protein (lean red meat, chicken, fish, eggs, legumes, nuts and seeds); carbohydrates (fresh fruits & veggies, wholegrains like brown rice, oats, buckwheat, spelt and rye); and fats (olive oil, coconut oil, avocado, oily fish, nuts, seeds, full fat Greek yoghurt).
  2. Lifestyle influences –
    • Excessive alcohol consumption will deplete the body of essential nutrients.
    • All work and no play will impact your immune system so try to limit stress and take a break now and then.
    • Exercise benefits the lymphatic system which feeds directly into the immune system, plus it can help clear nasty bugs from the lungs and airways.
  3. Try some herbal medicine –
    • Echinacea – modulates the immune system. It is commonly used to provide resistance to infections, particularly in the upper respiratory tract.
    • Medicinal mushrooms – proficient at modulating the immune system and fighting infections. The top immune mushrooms are reishi, shiitake, cordyceps, turkey tail, chaga, lion’s mane and maitake.
    • YEP tea – a traditional tea containing yarrow, elderflower and peppermint. It works to help reduce the duration and severity of a cold or flu.
  4. Top nutrients –
  5. Environmental factors –
    • High pollution and exposure to chemicals and toxins can deplete the immune system and irritate the airways. Try to minimise these and look at de-toxing your home.
    • Fresh air and sunshine are very cleansing and can go a long way in strengthening the immune system.

 


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