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Let’s understand better some of the ailments that surround us all and try to get better with the use of some natural sources.
We all aspire to live our best life, pain-free, and full of energy!
This week our in-depth look is at the Immune system boosters.
So … what is an Immune System Booster?
An immune system is a complex network that protects our body against potential harmful invaders such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, or toxins.
There is the innate immune system (the one you are born with) and the adaptive one (that you develop all along with your life).
The immune system is mainly composed of white blood cells, antibodies, the complement system, the lymphatic system, the bone marrow…
Public health authorities and the public recognize the concept of vaccination being one of the most effective preventing infections therefore boosting the immune system. However, to stay healthy and avoid as many pathogen agent’s intrusion as possible, we can also count on preventing measures and the support of natural boosters.
What may a Natural Immune System Booster be?
According to some immunologists, more than needing a boost, our immune system requires above all balance and harmony.
The immune system would obviously be more efficient if protected from environmental assault and enhanced by a healthy lifestyle (such as doing exercise, keeping a healthy diet, enjoying a good sleep, no smoking, keeping good hygiene, washing our hands…).
However, some research has shown that other factors may be helpful. For instance, eating a low-fat diet while taking a high intake of vitamins may help to boost our immune system. Indeed, high-fat diets may alter the gut microbiota that aid in immunity.
The use of fibers may lower BMI, which may be linked to improving immunity.
Moreover, it is shown that probiotics play a role in defining and maintaining the delicate balance between necessary and excessive defense mechanisms including innate and adaptive immune responses.
Inadequate sleep has also been linked to suppressed immune function.
So…What food may be considered as Immune System Booster?
This article does not pretend to be exhaustive but to give you a better understanding of what mother nature may provide to help us with boosting our immunity.
Dr. Chris D’Adamo, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, suggests, in complementarity with a preventive strategy, using the supplements below to reinforce our immune system:
Well known, Vitamin C may help prevent infections, acts as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory.
Vitamin D is also considered as being an important immune system-boosting nutrient that may reduce the risk of cold and flu. Vitamin A might help with fighting respiratory infections.
Other nutrients like zinc and selenium may be essential components that strengthen body defenses against pathogens agents.
Some other ingredients that may be good stimulators for our body would be garlic, ginger, some mushrooms, cinnamon… (just to quote a few).
Finally, research published in PubMed stipulates that curcumin “has been shown in the last two decades to be a potent immunomodulatory agent that can modulate the activation of T cells, B cells, macrophages, neutrophils, natural killer cells, and dendritic cells”. In other words, this powerful spice may be really interesting to add to your diet to give a nice boost to your immune system.
The immune system involves complex intricacies and interconnectedness that intrigue many researchers. Even though more studies would be needed, it is pretty clear that allying a good diet and good habits may help our body staying healthy and protected from pathogen agents.
Check out our next article and discover Digestion Helper Compounds, another important health factor.