So you want a strong immune system? There are quite a few ways to keep your body’s ability to fight off diseases in tip-top shape. We’ll go over several of the most effective, and natural, steps you can take to keep your immune system buff and fighting off those nasty invaders.
Eat fermented food (probiotics). Since most of your immune system is in your gut, it’s crucial to increase gut bacteria by eating fermented food.
All types of fermented food are beneficial. Just a forkful of your favorite fermented food a day is enough to increase good bacteria in your gut.
Eat fiber rich veggies, fruit, berries, sprouts, microgreens (prebiotics). Good gut bacteria (probiotics) thrives in fiber-rich environment (prebiotics). They feast on fiber and provide our body with more essential nutrients. The human body can’t process fiber alone, it’s done with help from gut bacteria.
Minimize sugar and flour rich food. Sugar and flour rich food feed the bad gut bacteria which also compromise your immune system.
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Try to avoid antibiotics and antiacids. These two seem to have a huge impact on developing and maintaining leaky gut. As mentioned, more than 70% of your immune system is in your gut. Most chronically ill people have leaky gut. Gut health affects your resistance to stress as well.
Supplement known deficiencies. Some deficiencies have strong impact on overall immune system like vitamin D, C and Zinc. You also may be deficient in other vitamins or/and minerals. Have a blood test done to check your deficiencies and consult your health care professional to advise you what supplements you should take to help you maintain strong immune system.
Try to avoid smoking and alcohol. This is likely a no-brainer, but these substances increase deficiencies and cause many health issues. Your body doesn’t need them to keep itself strong and healthy.
Exercise. Practice Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, etc. Tai Chi and Qigong are beneficial not only for decreasing stress levels and depression, both seem to help people recover faster after heart attack and stroke than regular exercises.
Also Tai Chi and Qigong are considered as types of meditations with specific body movements involved and have incredible effect on the body if performed correctly.
Herbs that affect the Immune System
Ashwagandha works on the nervous and endocrine systems. It helps to lower cortisol level, reduce stress and anxiety, curb appetite, increase energy, help you sleep better, etc. Stress compromises your immune system severely, it’s very important to have your stress under control.
Echinacea stimulates the immune system. It may help prevent getting flu and similar viruses or minimize symptoms. It’s crucial to discuss it to your health care provider if Echinacea is safe for you to take. People with autoimmune disease may worsen their health condition by taking it without consulting with health care provider.
Spend more time outside
Lay on the ground, walk bare feet, sit under tree, etc. Some studies show that skin contact to ground for at least 40 minutes reduces inflammation in the body, blood viscosity and clumping, cortisol level, and improves mood.