Certain nutrients are essential for helping our body defend itself against infection. Here are five ways to optimise your immune system health.
Boost your beneficial
An estimated 70-80% of our body's immune system is in the gut in the form of beneficial probiotic bacteria. You can find probiotics in fermented soya products such as miso and tempeh. Try adding Clearsprings Brown Rice Miso to soups, stews, bean dishes and sauces to enhance flavour and give your gut a beneficial bacteria boost.
Get Plenty of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is possibly the most well known immune system nutrient. It is essential for healthy immunity and low levels have been shown to leave us more susceptible to infections. As well as oranges many other fruits and vegetables provide generous amounts. Peppers, dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, tomatoes and berries are all good sources.
Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D is an essential immune nutrient but also one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in Britain. Sunlight is our primary source of vitamin D so getting out in the daylight is important. Evidence suggests that about 10 to 15 minutes daily sun exposure is enough for most lighter-skinned people but during darker months we can't rely on sun exposure alone. The government now recommends that we all supplement vitamin D during autumn and winter.
Up Your Zinc
Zinc is known to play an essential role in the immune system and zinc deficient people have an increased susceptibility to a variety of infections. Zinc is required to heal wounds and fight infections so aim to get the recommended minimum of 15mg per day. Boost your intake with zinc rich foods including organic red meat, fish and eggs.
Try UnBEElievable Health
My go-to supplement if I feel as though I am coming down with something is UnBEElievable Health Bee Prepared Max Strength. It contains therapeutic levels of immune supporting nutrients. The formulation includes bee propolis, black elderberry, olive leaf, beta glucans and other natural ingredients not normally found in our diet.