With everything going on in the world at the moment we thought we'd share a few simple things to give your immune system the added support it needs.
Tip #1 - Sleep
No brainer here! Getting an adequate amount of sleep is essential to keep your immune system recharged and ready to fight off anything. But it goes deeper than just giving your body rest. Insufficient sleep can cause your body to produce fewer cytokines, a protein involved with fighting inflammation and infection. This protein is only produced during restful sleep and not having enough in the long term can even make vaccines less effective because your bodies response is reduced. So go on, get napping!
Tip #2 - Speaking of Protein
Almost everything in your body is made from protein. Including those essential immune system cells like macrophages and white blood cells. So a big way to support your system is to get enough protein in your diet! Not only to rebuild muscles but to support all those lifesaving functions your body performs. The recommended daily intake of protein is 0.75 g/kg for adult women and 0.84 g/kg for adult men.
Our Protein Water contains 28g per serve and so is about 40% of your daily intake done! Plus is easy to digest, dairy-free, light, refreshing and is naturally sweetened with stevia and fruit! And a huge plus is you can order it straight to your door!
Tip #3 - Exercise
While it might sound like exercise should make you more tired and therefore lower your immunity, it actually has the opposite effect! Exercising will not only give you more energy and strength, but it also increases the production and function of Natural Killer Cells which are the body's defence against cells that have gone rogue such as cancer cells and cells infected by a virus or bacteria! Exercise also increases the production of endorphins or happy hormones to relieve stress and make you feel your best! So get moving and feel the difference!
Tip #4 - Adaptogen Herbs
While these are quite new to the modern wellness scene, most of these herbs have been used for centuries for health and medical purposes. Adaptogens are herbs and plants that help you adapt to your surroundings, such as reducing stress in a stressful environment. Siberian Ginseng is an adaptogenic herb as it has many benefits that can help your body and mind adapt to the environment.
It can :
- Help reduce stress
- Increase immune cell production
- Reduces stress by regulating cortisol, a stress hormone
- Enhances mental ability
Inhibits the growth of viruses
Our Superfood Infused Coffee and Hot Chocolate contains Siberian Ginseng plus 5 other superfoods to support your immune system and so much more!
Tip #5 - Nutrition
You are what you eat. And if you aren't nourished right it's impossible for your body to have a strong defence. Focus on eating foods rich in vitamin C and Zinc.
Vitamin C - This essential nutrient is involved with helping your body build proteins and in particular building collagen which is the main basis of healing and repair. This makes it an excellent immunity booster and should be consumed daily!
- Black currants
- Citrus fruit
Zinc - A mineral that helps to produce Helper T cells which are essential to fighting bacteria and viruses. Zinc is also an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory actions.
We hope these tips help you get an insight into how to best support your immune system and stay healthy throughout the year!