Why is the Immune System so Important?

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With the current Covid 19 pandemic, we have all heard about the vast importance of maintaining a healthy and strong immune system. It’s been reinforced repeatedly that our bodies natural health and immunity will dictate how severely the virus will impact us if we were to catch it. So let’s run through some basic things to give you a better understanding of what the immune system actually is.

The immune system protects us from disease caused by bacteria, viruses and toxins. It does this by regulating and removing foreign bodies from our system. So put simply, the immune system is our natural mechanism to filter unwanted things from our body, either by killing it or secreting it, both of these mechanisms are very complex.We all know prevention is better than a cure so lets go through some basic things that we can implement  in our lives to boost our immune system.

Focus on Food
Garlic: Allicin, a compound in garlic, is well-known for its ability to boost the immune system.

Prebiotics: Robust gut bacteria protect us against infection.

Vitamin C-rich foods: Vitamin C is known to boost immunity.

Antioxidants: Stress can lead to lowered immunity and make you more prone to illness.

Lifestyle Improvements

Living under constant stress, even low-grade, that continues day in and out, causes the body to produce too much cortisol, the stress hormone. Over time, elevated cortisol lowers your resistance to fighting off infection and contributes to poor sleep and higher blood pressure.

Sleep: you need seven to eight hours of quality sleep each night to fight off infection

Meditation: Even five minutes a day of guided meditation, or simply sitting quietly and focusing on your breath, can make a difference.

Exercise: Exercise increases your resilience so you can fight off infection. Our bodies function better when we’re physically active every day.

Attitude is Everything
A positive mindset is vital for health and well-being. Research shows that positive thoughts reduce stress and inflammation and increase resilience to infection — while negative emotions can make you more susceptible to the common cold and flu.

The COVID-19 pandemic is scary, so it’s easy to spiral down in negative thoughts. The story we tell ourselves is crucial. Change it from “It’s not going to be OK” to “I am safe at home with the people I love.” Start your day with a positive thought or even a mantra such as, ‘I am well.’

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