The Immune System
Did you know that our bodies are designed to fight? Yep. We come with some pretty awesome weaponry in the form of a healthy immune system. This system of our body is complex and made up of a network of cells, molecules, tissues, and organs working together to protect the body against illness and disease. Each part of the immune system must coordinate and communicate with the other parts in order for us to stay healthy and live long. What’s super important about this part of our body is that it can be supported and boosted in many natural, healthy ways, ways that don’t rely on pharmaceuticals made in a lab. Our body is designed for healing, but we do have to take the best care of it for it to work at its prime.
Here are some ways we love to support our immune system:
Diet: Eat more fruits and vegetables, which are rich in nutrients like vitamins C and E, plus beta-carotene and zinc. Go for a wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, including berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, apples, red grapes, kale, onions, spinach, sweet potatoes, and carrots.
Other foods particularly good for your immune system include fresh garlic, which may help fight viruses and bacteria, and bone broth. (If you want to see how I make my bone broth, go check out my video here.)
Exercise: Daily movement helps your body function best and also helps create “feel good” hormones that keep our emotions balanced.
Sleep: Restoration for the body is vital. A good night’s sleep lowers stress levels and helps keep inflammation down.
Supplement: When your diet is lacking at all, it’s a good idea to find extra nutrition through good quality, whole-food supplements.
Plant Support: Many plants are designed with healing properties, and we can benefit from those as well. Dried herbs, spices, and essential oils are all great starting points for extra immune support.
Laughter: Laughing is good for you. It curbs the levels of stress hormones in your body and boosts a type of white blood cell that fights infection.
What are some additional ways that you support your immune system? Which of these do you need to add to your daily habits?