With life taking another cautious step in a return to normality and more of us out and about, PRAVIRAL immune support® has these 10 nutrition and lifestyle tips to help give your immune system support.
1. Eat your way to improved immune health
Research at the University of Bonn in Germany found that an unhealthy diet can cause the immune system to behave as if it is responding to bacterial infections. The study, published in Cell, demonstrated that ‘bad’ foods make our body’s defences more aggressive.
It’s never been more important to ensure you try and balance your diet. Some of the best foods for immune support are fresh fruit and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants (helping eliminate free radicals) and foods high in folic acid such as spinach, nuts and beans.
Fruits and vegetables such as strawberries, mangoes, oranges, leafy green vegetables, and avocados are immune system booster foods and are a potent and natural immune defence against infection, helping to ensure a healthy immune system.
Sweet potatoes are a great addition to any diet. They are rich in beta carotene which your body converts into vitamin A, another essential nutrient involved in a healthy functioning immune system.
2. Give your gut some love
There is a known connection between digestive and immune health. Your gut is home to 70% of the cells that make up the immune system, along with about 100 trillion live microorganisms that stimulate gastrointestinal function. These microorganisms also help protect the body from infection by excreting large quantities of antibodies into the digestive system.
The humble chicory root contains a high amount of oligofructose, a natural immune-boosting prebiotic which helps to nourish and grow the good bacteria in your gut. Learn more about the immune health benefits of prebiotics in our recent post.
3. Get some Vitamin D – the sunshine vitamin for your immune system
Vitamin D is made by your body when your skin is exposed to sunlight.
Limited sun exposure, increased use of sunscreen and wearing of protective clothing has reduced the amount of vitamin D produced in the human body. Darker skin tones are also associated with lower vitamin D levels as well as reduced levels being seen in older members of the population. Medical advice is often given to these two groups to increase intake of vitamin D.
Research has shown that vitamin D plays an important role in boosting your immune system. A deficiency in this important vitamin is shown repeatedly in studies to compromise your immune response, and increase your susceptibility to infection.
Immune support supplements containing Vitamin D could prevent millions of cold and flu cases annually, and possibly save lives because of its role in helping to prevent acute respiratory tract infections.
4. Consider adding colostrum to your diet
You might not have heard of Colostrum, but chances are you consumed it as a baby. It’s the milky fluid released by mammals before breast milk production begins.
For newborns it’s a vital source of nutrients that promote growth and help fight disease, However, Bovine Colostrum’s unique combination of vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and disease-fighting proteins can offer anyone of any age significant immune health benefits.
Bovine Colostrum contains hundreds of thousands of antibodies, in fact, 40 times more than raw milk. Super pasteurisation of raw milk destroys these antibodies so milk products rarely contain any of these important living components.
Proline-rich Polypeptides (PRPs) in colostrum help regulate the thymus gland and can stimulate a weakened immune system and balance an overactive immune system.
5. Get on board with beta-glucan
The Japanese have been on to the power of beta-glucans for over 50 years. beta-glucans trigger a series of interactions in your body that help to regulate the immune system and boost health.
Foods like cereal grains, barley, oats, rye and wheat all contain these immune support superheroes, or you can get them in supplement form.
6. The magic of mushrooms – natural immune boosters
Research has shown funghi can help to activate the branch of our immune system which fights off infections and even tumours.
The King of Mushrooms (the Chaga) might not look very pretty, but it really is the king when it comes to helping to fight off inflammation and infection, as well as stimulating the white blood cells essential in combating harmful bacteria and viruses.
7. Go to sleep – the inner power immune booster
Rest and play are essential to support your immune system. For many of us, it’s been difficult to get a good nights’ sleep these past few months.
Whilst you are asleep, your immune system releases proteins called cytokines, some of which help promote sleep. Specific cytokines need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation, or when you’re under stress.
If you are sleep deprived production of these protective cytokines can decrease resulting in your body’s inability to fight off infections.
If you can catnap, don’t feel guilty – embrace it! Getting a restful nights’ sleep has restorative powers for mind and body, helping to recharge your body and support your immune health.
Half-hour naps have been shown to boost production of leukocytes, the white blood cells that help your immune system tackle infectious diseases. This is especially important during the winter months when we’re more vulnerable to catching the common cold and other illnesses.
8. Keep on moving
With so many of us now working from home, the line between work and home life has never been more blurred.
Whatever your age, regular exercise is the cornerstone of healthy living. Daily walks or exercise, and getting away from your screen and desk regularly throughout the day is vital for mental wellbeing and keeping your immune system healthy.
Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to overall good health and a healthy immune system. It improves your cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure and helps control body weight.
It can also promote good circulation, which allows the immune cells and substances of the immune system to move through your body.
9. Pay attention to the immune health basics
We’re now very familiar with using hand sanitisers when we are out of the home – along with remembering to wash your hands frequently. However, keyboards, light switches, door handles, steering wheels… in fact, a plethora of things we touch all day every day, are also home to germs.
Remember to wipe things down regularly with an antibacterial cleaner and encourage your family to make this a regular habit too so that it becomes second nature.
10. Halve your worry
Loneliness and isolation can wreak havoc on our physical, mental and cognitive health and can have a detrimental effect on our immune health.
Sharing worries with others really can help our physical and mental wellbeing, particularly if you live alone. Take time to speak regularly to anyone you know who might be feeling alone, even if it’s for a few minutes each week.
There’s evidence (Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, Vol. 370, No. 1669, 2015) linking social isolation with impaired immunity as well as adverse health conditions such as depression, poor sleep quality, accelerated cognitive decline and poor cardiovascular function.
Meet the Super Seven
PRAVIRAL immune support® contains a delicate balance of seven immune health supplements that combine to deliver natural and effective immune support for you and your family.
PRAVIRAL immune support® contains high-grade Colostrum – rich in macronutrients, lactoferrin and antibodies, 1-3 / 1-6 Beta Glucan targeting respiratory tract infections, Oligofructose for gut health and Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Folic Acid and Zinc supporting the normal function of your immune system.
PRAVIRAL immune support® fits conveniently into your daily routine. Simply mix a sachet into your favourite hot or cold beverage and drink at any time of the day.