- A healthy gut is the key to a healthy immune system as 70-80% of our immune system is housed in our GI system. Include collagen, bone broth and fermented foods on a daily basis for a healthy gut lining, and include a good quality probiotic every morning.
- Understand that vitamins and minerals work synergistically in the body: for example, we know that adequate Vitamin D is essential for a healthy immune system, but did you know that we need enough magnesium for the body to be able to use Vitamin D? We recommend our in-house testing (link to wellness analysis page) to know your vitamin and mineral status before supplementation for the best results.
- Consider alternative sources of Vitamin C. We typically think of oranges as a great source of Vitamin C, but tropical fruits such as guava and kiwi have higher levels. When supplementing with Vitamin C we recommend a liposomal Vitamin C before breakfast.
- Eat more shellfish. Adequate levels of minerals (especially zinc and copper) are essential for a healthy immune system, and shellfish is one of our most mineral-rich foods. Aim for 2 servings a week.
- Utilize temperature to boost your immune system. Cryotherapy (cold therapy) can promote the development of a healthy immune cell population, and saunas, hot baths and exercise have been shown to increase heat shock proteins, proteins that limit cell damage and facilitate cellular recovery.
- Don’t neglect your sleep. Natural killer cells are critical components of the body’s immune response and studies show that just one night of poor sleep can impair natural killer cells’ activity by as much as 70 percent.
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