You have more control over your immunity than you might think and there is so much we can all do to support our body’s natural defence system.
Here’s five tips to building a more resilient immune system and improving general wellbeing. We think you will find these tips simple and effective!
1. Eat well, plan ahead with a weekly meal plan.
A healthy, nutritious diet plays a crucial role in healing the thyroid. The best way to cook healthier meals is to plan a ahead. A weekly meal plan also saves time and money. It’s all about keeping it real, keeping it simple.
2. Avoid sugar and ultra-processed foods.
A high-sugar diet weakens immunity and triggers inflammation. Along with sugar the most thyroid-damaging food ingredients are soy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, GM corn (maize), vegetable oils and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
3. Make time to calm a frazzled nervous system.
Some practical strategies include meditation, prayer, breathwork, or simply sitting in nature. Calming techniques allow us to move out of the hard-wired ‘flight or fight’ nervous system response that dampens immunity.
4. Exercise, enjoy time-out in nature.
As a general rule physical exercise should be simple and fun as low to moderate exercise intensity has a positive effect on immunity. Getting outdoors is even more important if you feel you have been stuck inside for too long.
5. Talk to your healthcare practitioner about daily immune support.
There’s a range of complementary medicines that are beneficial to building a more resilient immune system and reducing susceptibility to infection. Some of the key immune-supporting micronutrients are vitamins A and C, D3, iodine, glutathione, zinc, selenium, iron, B6, B12 and folate.
Herbal medicines such as Echinacea augustifolia (Echinacea), Andrographis paniculata (Andrographis), Olea europaea (Olive Leaf) and Withania somnifera (Withania) are traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to improve immune system function and restore vitality.