Never have we been more aware of the value of a healthy immune system. As one of the most important and complex systems in our bodies, it’s essential that we protect it any way we can. Simple, but useful ways to help maintain a healthy immune system include:
> Getting enough sleep. Sleep and immunity are intrinsically connected.
> Eat more whole plant foods, which are packed with vitamins and minerals and not empty calories like sugary snacks.
> Include more healthy fats, such as oily fish, nuts and seeds.
> Consider taking a microbiotic supplement such as Udo’s Choice Super 8. 70 per cent of our immunity is in the gut microflora.
> Choose moderate regular exercise.
> Stay hydrated and reduce caffeine and energy drinks.
> Manage your stress levels and look at ways to switch off from work and daily chores.
> Get enough vitamin D daily. Also known as the sunshine vitamin, vitamin D helps to maintain the normal function of the immune system.
While vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), which is the active form the body requires is present in some foods, it can be very difficult to obtain an adequate supply daily. As it’s a fat-soluble vitamin, or more correctly called a hormone, it’s generally contained in animal products and fat foods such as oily fish- salmon, sardines, herring and mackerel, red meat, liver, egg yolks and fortified foods – such as some fat spreads and breakfast cereals. As people switch to more plant-based diets our requirements for vitamin D is even more difficult to attain through diet alone.
We are all mindful of upping our nutrient profile and gaining more immune-boosting support this winter. With our sunshine source of vitamin D diminishing too, I suggest taking extra vitamin D3 in a supplement form.
According to findings from an Irish study carried out In Trinity College Dublin (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing), there is evidence that maintaining a sufficient status of vitamin D in adults is beneficial in the prevention of acute respiratory infections.
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