Have you wondered how to boost your immune system?
Do you know how to tell the difference between science-backed advice and hopeful myths? (It’s an important question!)
Have you taken steps to protect against not only the coronavirus but other lurking infections?
Your body is incredible. Its ability to protect itself from bacteria, viruses, fungi, and toxins — to keep you safe and well in a world of potential harm — comes down, in large part, to your immune system.
When firing on all cylinders, your immune system identifies foreign invaders, tags them for destruction, maims and kills non “you” substances, and prepares memory cells that will jump into action should this invader strike again in future.
But, there are boxes you must tick to stay healthy. Steps that help to keep your immunity in tip top order. Here are our top 5!
1. Get plenty of sleep
Do you skimp on sleep because life is busy or get lost in the cyber world near bedtime? Do you feel okay after six hours and figure that you just need less sleep than other people? Or are you one of the 30 - 40% of adults who just can't seem to nod off and stay asleep?
Then it’s time to prioritize your slumber.
See, to respond to a threat, components of the immune system need to “stick” to wayward particles. This stickiness plants a biological flag and signals to the body, “An attack is needed here!” Yet, poor sleep hampers this process.
A study in the Journal of Experimental Medicine found that, "A couple of hours of sleep loss suffice to reduce the adhesion capacity of antigen-specific T cells.” Yes, a mere couple of hours stops a key immune response!
A dedicated sleep routine, a regular wake time, a comfortable mattress and pillow, a dark, cool, quiet and safe bedroom, targeted supplementation, and professional help — where needed — can make all the difference.
2. Exercise regularly
For some people, lockdowns have made regular exercise difficult. For others, life is currently crazy and finding time to walk, jog, gym, or swim is difficult…
But, particularly when healthy immune function is front of mind, frequent physical activity is crucial.
The practice of physical exercises acts as a modulator of the immune system. During and after physical exercise, pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines are released, lymphocyte circulation increases, as well as cell recruitment. Such practice has an effect on the lower incidence, intensity of symptoms and mortality in viral infections observed in people who practice physical activity regularly.
In short, pounding the pavement, working out, or engaging in whatever you fav form of exercise is, primes your body against invasion, protects against infection, reduces symptoms, and may just save your life.
3. Eat a well-balanced diet
The saying, “You are what you eat,” has been around for an aeon. But have you ever really thought about what it means?
It is a literal phrase.
The foods you eat provide the nutrients that ensure robustness to your bones, electricity for your nerves, strength to your muscles, flexibility to your skin, the taste on your palate, and, yes, your immune system’s firepower.
Choose ample fruits and vegetables as well as lean, organic protein and healthy fats and you encourage a healthy, primed, and protective immune system.
4. Soak up that Vitamin D!
While we’re on the topic of nutrients, let’s pay extra attention to vitamin D. This incredible nutrient plays multiple roles in immunity.
By strengthening the lining of the gut, vitamin D makes it more difficult for microbes to enter the body proper. Instead of crossing from the digestive tract and into “you”, foreign substances are simply pooped out.
Plus, by modulating the two arms of the immune system — the innate and adaptive responses, or the first-line and specific-response functions — vitamin D helps in two ways...
— It enables your body to fend off an initial attack; to attack and kill a new virus or bacteria.
— It helps your body to hone in on an infectious agent that the body has encountered before; to seek and destroy an old foe.
Vitamin D can be consumed in foods like egg yolks, herring, salmon, sardines, and mushrooms, but the best source is sunlight. Particularly after winter, catching safe rays is a healthy, immune-boosting step.
5. Supplement with SuperGreens and X-Factor
Let's face it; consuming sufficient nourishment can be tough. Many people don’t and, as you’ve just learned, vitamins and minerals matter for immunity. So, too, do other nutrients like fiber, phytonutrients, and enzymes.
If your intake is inadequate, you face an increased risk. This is where sensible, science-backed supplementation comes in.
Our SuperGreens supplement is jam-packed with potent organic produce. Our unique grass and green's blend, fruit and veg blend, cruciferous veggies blend, sprouts and seagrass blend, and enzyme blend are all found in this single supplement. Talk about supercharged nourishment in one serve!
To take: Add one scoop of SuperGreens to 6-8 ounces of water and mix well. Drink once or twice daily.
Our X-Factor contains a hearty dose of vitamin E, plus vitamin A, lutein, and astaxanthin.
Astaxanthin, the star ingredient of X-Factor, has been clinically shown to enhance immune function by increasing natural killer cell function and the production of lymphocytes. Natural killer cells and lymphocytes act like a real life PacMan, chasing and devouring unwanted invaders.
To take: Simply consume two X-Factor tablets daily, with food.
The Immunity Takeaway
Being concerned about the health of your immune function is natural in a coronavirus world. But, at all times we should take steps to protect the system that protects us.
Adequate sleep, regular exercise, a well-balanced diet, soaking up sufficient vitamin D, and supplementing sensibly are powerful approaches that have been scientifically shown to supercharge your immunity; safely and naturally.
We think you’ll adore our SuperGreens and X-Factor formulations just like our other customers do. And we know your body with thank you. In a healthy immune system kind of way!