You can only have a strong immune system if your body is able to absorb nutrients from the food we eat. Unfortunately most of us today have either; lost the ability to absorb nutrients from food or the food we eat is lacking essential nutrients.
Without a strong immune system we are more prone to illness and disease. After making such a obvious statement lets see what we can do to avoid unnecessary discomfort or disease.
A well functioning immune system will assist in warding off the worst effects of viral and other environmental impacts. Boosting your own immune system is essential.
Your immune system lives in the gut
Our gut is full of both good and bad bacteria but did you know 80% of our immune system lives in the gut? Our immune system relies on our gut performance and the balance of these good and bad bacteria to flourish. The good bacteria that live in our gut assist in breaking down the foods we eat for easy absorption into the body. Without the good bacteria breaking down our food properly the essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals may just pass through the body as waste.
Too much bad bacteria in the gut can often be associated with toxins, food stressors and environmental impacts like heavy metals.
Support your gut daily
Tips to support and enhance Gut Function
- Reduce Gut Stress levels
- Enhance Sleep
- Avoid underlying food intolerances, which can stress our own gut flora balance.
- Increase our consumption of both pre and probiotic foods. View our range here
- Improving our water quality consumption.
- Reducing the amount of processed foods we consume daily.
- Avoid chemicals and toxins that we absorb through unwashed vegetables.
- Reduce the chemical agents found in some foods.
- Reduce environmental factors such as water-pollutants and the air we breathe.
- Reduce Electro Magnetic frequencies, and Geopathic stress factors.
INCORPORATE THESE NUTRIENTS INTO YOUR DIET TO FUEL THE IMMUNE SYSTEM:
- Protein: seafood, lean meat, poultry, eggs, green vegetables
- Vitamin A helps regulate the immune system: green cabbage, parsley, sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, spinach, red bell peppers, apricots, eggs.
- Vitamin C Stimulates antibodies: oranges, grapefruit, tangerines, red bell pepper, papaya, strawberries.
- Vitamin E is an important antioxidant to neautralize free radicals that impact the immune system: sunflower seeds, almonds, vegetable oils (such as sunflower or safflower oil), hazelnuts and walnuts.
- Zinc is also important for the immune system: lean meat, poultry, seafood, whole grain products, beans, seeds and nuts.
- Other micronutrients, including vitamin B6, folate, selenium, iron, copper as well as prebiotics and probiotics are important additions to support the immune system. Receiving these nutrients from foods (fresh is best) is preferred as they are in a bioavailable form.
Avoid the temptation of sugar
AVOID SUGAR!!! Did you know there are a lot of hidden types of sugars like: corn starch, fructose (fruit sugar syrup), dextrose, saccharide, maltose, barley malt, and maltodextrin or oligo fructose.
For example: 100 g of sugar (in about one bottle of soda pop) can reduce the white blood cell’s ability to destroy bacteria and viruses, for up to five hours! (ref: cell wellbeing)
TODAYS CHALLENGE TO IMPROVE OUR GUT AND NUTRIENT UPTAKE
Test how far you can go to achieve a far greater health status than you have now by not having anything from a packet or tin for just 30 days.
If you would like to monitor your progress use our self check questionnaire attached
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