support your immune system
Here we are in the midst of a pandemic,
and life as we know it has changed in a blink of an eye.
You have options within your control to improve your immune function,
As quality nutrition is paramount for optimal health!
The current crisis has many of us thinking about boosting the immune system.
With so much information out there, we’re all just looking for recommendations in a steady stream of hysteria. In my opinion, this virus may not be going anywhere-anytime soon. I believe it’ll be around for a while, or at least until most of us have been exposed, And you’ll want to make sure you’re wearing your best body armor.
What is the immune system?
The immune system is a specialized network of cells, nodes, tissues, and organs that work together to defend us against diseases and infection. When fully optimized, the immune systems prevent infections, destroy viruses and balance good/bad bacteria levels without us ever giving this process a second thought. In fact, we usually think about the immune system only after we become ill.
Eating healthy is your first line of defense and a critical step to ward off illness. Adding a few essential minerals to your daily routine will also help you maintain optimal wellness and boost immunity. The first law of nutrition is eating nutrient dense food. The the old adage, “you are what you eat,” may have truth behind it after all. Eating nourishing foods, rich in certain vitamins, can help your immune system fight off illness and are the tools your body relies on to build new tissue and fight disease.
Along with nutrition, you need to hydrate with a clean source of water. As the body is made up of 70-80% water, it constantly needs clean water to prevent disease and illness. Water helps your body produce lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells.
A key factor of nutrition is getting the proper vitamins and minerals, which sometimes requires supplementation, as most people don’t eat enough quality foods, and thus may lack important vitamins and minerals that allow your body to function and repair. Such as zinc, magnesium and Vitamin C & D. While vitamins and supplements can help fill in the gaps in your diet, the best way to load up on essential nutrients is to get them straight from food.
Common mistakes that may burden the immune system:
- Lack of sleep
- Chronic high intensity workouts with insufficient recovery
- Consuming alcohol
- Excess of refined carbohydrates
- Unresolved stress
- Environmental factors: contamination, radiation, artificial fragrance, products laden with chemicals
- Remaining sedentary for a long period of time
- Not getting adequate sun exposure, (without getting sun burn)
- Processed foods and food like products
- Consuming meat with hormones or antibiotics
Now, let’s talk about zinc. Zinc is a very important mineral that is essential for good health and supports the immune system function. It’s role is maintaining and supporting your immune system by metabolizing nutrients and repairs body tissue. Although severe zinc deficiency is rare, mild-to-moderate zinc deficiency is quite common throughout the world.
People can become deficient in zinc due to the anti nutrients in foods, such as grains. Grains will block the body from absorbing zinc when zinc containing foods are consumed with grains. For an example, eating seafood with corn chips will block the absorption of zinc from oysters due to the anti nutrients in the grains. This may also cause an increase of inflammation.
Food sources that contain zinc include:
- Red meat
- Dark chocolate
- Some vegetables
Talk with your healthcare provider if you’re thinking about taking dietary supplements.
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