How to build a robust immune system.
21st October 2019 / Health
How to build a robust immune system.
It’s that time of year again, coughs and sniffles are everywhere you turn and we constantly find ourselves trying to escape them. Whether it be in the office, on our commute or even at home, it just seems to be everywhere!
Don't panic if this sounds familiar, cause we reckon most of the UK do too. In fact, the largest number of cold and flu cases are recorded in October. So, the question lies, how to build a robust immune system, that will leave us feeling fantastic throughout the winter months? Unfortunately, and we really hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a strong immune system isn't built up overnight. Fear not, because building up our immune systems is actually pretty fun (well we think so anyway), it involves trying out new forms of exercise, having fun in the kitchen, drinking lots of tea and of course trying some of our fab Food Based supplements! Fancy giving it a go?
WHAT IS OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM?
Firstly, let’s get some science out of the way, and just talk about what our immune system actually is and how it works. It’s actually pretty simple, we have a lot to thank our immune system for! Our immune system is basically our body’s natural defence system against infections caused by harmful or unfamiliar bacteria and viruses. When they enter our body, they are recognised by our immune system and quickly destroyed.
When our immune system is working at its peak, harmful or unwanted bacteria and viruses enter our body without us even realising. Our immune system destroys them before we have a chance to get poorly. However, and we’re sure you know the feeling, there are times when we need to give our immune system a helping hand. A weakened immune system means our bodies can't fight off the nasties as effectively, so we get poorly.
BUILDING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Fruits and veggies
This one may be obvious, but what we really want to emphasize is variety! We should all be eating the rainbow. By doing this, we will be ensuring that we are giving our body all of the vitamins and minerals it needs to function correctly, plus a whole host of other essentials, like phytochemicals, polyphenols and antioxidants! Why not try blitzing fruits into smoothies or juicing your veggies for an added variety?
We all know that exercise is great, but did you know that is also helps to boost our immune system? Exercise tends to help us work up a sweat which allows us to get rid of any toxins efficiently which is thought to help keep us fighting fit.
Sleep is more important for our immune health than many of us realise! Without rest, it is hard for our body to function at its best, which really takes its toll on our immune system. To get technical, when we sleep we produce cytokines, which are proteins that are integral to our immune defence. Without the production of cytokines, our immune system is compromised… now that is definitely a reason to make sure we get our shut-eye!
Believe it or not, getting outside in good old outdoors can really do wonders for our immune health. Exposing our immune system to new environments and to bacteria that is new but unharmful to our immune system can make it stronger against the nasties that we actually want to keep out. So get outdoors, get some fresh air and take our word for it, you’ll feel great!
OUR FAVOURITE IMMUNE BOOSTING FOODS
Here is a handful of our favourite immune-boosting foods. We’re loving cooking up a storm with these ingredients, incorporating them into our daily snacks and of course getting them into our teas! Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks as we’ll be sharing some yummy recipes to give you some inspiration on how to get these immune-boosting foods into your daily diet!
IMMUNE BOOSTING SUPPLEMENTS WE COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT
Whilst we are mad about getting all of the immunity benefits from foods, we also like it top it off with Food Based supplements to give ourselves that extra boost. With so many different supplements on the market, it can be hard to know what’s best and what we should be taking when.
So, with that in mind, let us do the hard work for you. Here are our favourite immune-boosting supplements in our immunity range that we absolutely could not live without:
Known for its essential role in our health, vitamin C is known for its integral role in the functioning of a healthy immune system. The nature of our Food Based supplements means that our vitamin C also comes with its naturally occurring bioflavonoids for that extra boost. But… it doesn't stop there! We also boost our formula with zinc which is known to play an essential role within our immune defence. This is definitely an all-round winner. Find out more here.
The NHS recommends that everyone in the UK takes a vitamin D supplement, especially during the winter months, and we know we certainly can’t live without ours! Vitamin D plays an essential role in the maintenance of our immune system, and with many of us suffering from vitamin D deficiency throughout winter, perhaps vitamin D could be the missing piece in the immunity puzzle.
Mushrooms really are our secret weapon when it comes to our immunity. Here at Link HQ we’re mushroom mad, literally! The adaptogenic properties of mushrooms ensure that they are the perfect addition when it comes to an all-round immunity boost. Helping to regulate our inflammatory response and adapt their function dependant on our body’s needs, mushrooms really can support you when modern life and immune stresses threaten to overwhelm.
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