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Immunity is a global state in which “the whole organism” participates. Skin, mouth and nose are just some of the entry points for an infinite number of potential aggressors. Bacteria, viruses, molds and other microbes are present in the air and water. They can also be found on food and are often propagated by others who are not aware of the potential danger they “share”.

Immunity, or lack thereof, begins at the cellular level. The immune system consists of the skin, intestines, nasal mucous membranes, blood, lymph, white blood cells, stem cells, B lymphocytes and many other organs and tissues. Factors that cause impaired immune function include nutrient deficiencies, contamination of air, water and food, unhealthy lifestyles and excessive exposure to harmful microbes.

The immune system is the body’s main defense, designed to protect the body from microbes, viruses, bacteria and other invaders. When the immune system is weakened, the body becomes vulnerable to almost all forms of disease and disease, especially when moving from one climate, country and time zone to another. Check out BF Suma Immune Booster.

Maintaining the health of the immune system reduces the risk of viral infection, colds and flu. Here are some natural ways to strengthen your immune system.

1. Vitamins and supplements for a healthy immune system
Vitamin C

A number of studies show that high doses of vitamin C can reduce the duration of cold symptoms by 8-14%. [1] This antioxidant protects cells from free radicals, improves tissue healing and helps the body form blood vessels, muscles and collagen. [2]. Citrus fruits, berries, peppers, leafy vegetables and tomatoes[3]. are good food sources.

Vitamin D

Research shows a link between vitamin D and respiratory infections. [4.5] People with the lowest blood levels of vitamin D report having recently had a significantly higher number of colds or flus. The risks are even greater for people with chronic respiratory disorders, such as asthma and emphysema. Although vitamin D can be obtained in the diet by eating fatty fish such as salmon and sardines,[6]it is generally thought that supplementation is the most convenient way to ensure adequate intake.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is necessary for respiratory and digestive tissues to support a healthy immune responsee.[7] It is found naturally in foods such as beef liver, sweet potato, spinach and carrots. [8]

Vitamin E

Adequate vitamin E supports both elements of the immune system, innate defenses (those we have at birth) and adaptive defenses (those acquired later). [9] Vitamin E is found in sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, peanuts and peanut butter. [10]

Zinc

Zinc is essential for communication between the two elements of the immune system, innate and adaptive defenses, helping to coordinate an effective immune response. [11] Zinc is found in oysters, beef, pork, chicken (brown meat) and baked beans. Vegetable sources, which include pumpkin seeds, yoghurt, cashews and chickpeas, contain much less zinc than animal sources. [12]

Iron

Iron contributes to an effective immune response; white blood cells such as neutrophils and T cells need it to fight infections. [13] Iron is found in white beans, dark chocolate, lentils, spinach and tofu. It is also found in lean meats, seafood and poultry. [14]

Selenium

A selenium deficiency weakens innate and adaptive immune defenses and can aggravate viral infections. [15,16] Selenium is found in Brazil nuts, seafood and offal. [17]

Probiotics

Probiotics are healthy bacteria that help restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut. They provide many health benefits to the body and also play an important role in stimulating the immune system. [18.19] They are found naturally in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and yoghurt, as well as in beverages such as kefir and kombucha.

2. The essential plants for the immune system
Echinacea

This widely known plant works by increasing the number and activity of white blood cells (or leukocytes). Echinacea purpurea stimulates the immune system through standardized levels of three bioactive compounds: alkylamides, polysaccharides and cichoric acid. It also increases the production of interferon, a chemical essential to the immune system’s response. [20] Echinacea is traditionally used in herbal medicine to help relieve cold symptoms and upper respiratory tract infections. [21]

The reishi mushroom

Reishi is used by practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine to soothe the mind and restore emotional balance. In preventive treatment, reishi can boost the immune system and improve immune function. [22] It is used in herbal medicine to support the immune system. [23]

Astragalus

Astragalus has antiviral action and increases the body’s immunoglobulin production, stimulates macrophages and activates T cells and natural killer cells. [24] Astragalus is used in herbal medicine to maintain the health of the immune system. [25]

The elder

Elderberry has been used in folk medicine for centuries to treat flu, colds and sinusitis. It is also attributed to antiviral activity against influenza and herpes. [26,27] Elderberry is used in herbal medicine to relieve cold and flu symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat and mucus build-up in the upper respiratory tract. [28]

The A

The use of allicin, the main active agent generated by garlic, for general well-being is on the rise and its role as an antioxidant has been the subject of numerous studies. [29] Garlic is used in herbal medicine to help relieve symptoms associated with upper respiratory tract infections and catarrhal conditions (e.g., nasal congestion or accumulation of excess mucus). [30]

Turmeric

Curcumin, a compound of turmeric, is known for its anti-inflammatory properties that help strengthen immunity. [31] Turmeric is traditionally used in ayurveda to relieve pain and inflammation. [32]

Oregano oil

Oregano has anti-inflammatory and antiviral effects. It has been used in the past for respiratory disorders. [33] Oregano oil has a powerful antimicrobial action, thanks to the presence of carvacrol and thymol compounds that make it effective against bacteria and viruses. [34] It is best to take it in the form of oil, either in drops or capsules.

3. Eat foods that are healthy for the immune system!
Poor diet is the most common cause of weakening of the immune response. Kiwi, which contains more vitamin C than orange; [35,36] as well as Chinese cabbage which is an excellent source of vitamin A, and avocado, considered the superfood of nature because it provides the optimal ratio of lipids, carbohydrates, protein and vitamin E, are good natural sources of antioxidants that strengthen the immune system. It is also possible to increase your intake of dietary zinc by eating more seafood, eggs, turkey and pumpkin seeds. [37]

It is also important to feast on whole foods, such as seasonal fruits and vegetables, unrefined cereals (quinoa and brown rice) and healthy fats and proteins (beans, wild fish, nuts and seeds). Whenever possible, it is a good time to incorporate ingredients that have a positive effect on the immune system into your daily diet, including:

garlic
Mushrooms
ginger
Crude honey
Coconut oil
green tea
Avoid consuming large amounts of sugar, processed foods and alcohol, which can weaken immune function and deplete important nutrients. In some cases, essential vitamin and mineral supplements, such as vitamin D, vitamin C and zinc, can provide additional support.

4. A colourful diet
No food stands out as the most important to the immune system. It is the diet as a whole that counts. However, as usual, it is the big guns of the diet, the members of the fruit and vegetable family, that can have the most striking effects. Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that allow the immune system to be ready for battle! Try to include a wide spectrum of colours in your diet to maximize the range of nutrients you get.

5. Sleep
Studies show that lack of sleep can make adults more vulnerable to disease by decreasing natural killer cells, the immune system’s weapons that target microbes and cancer cells. [38] It is important to sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a night. [39]

6. Exercise
Incorporating moderate exercises,such as a 30-minute walk, into daily habits can improve the immune system’s ability to fight infections. Research shows that exercise increases the number of natural killer cells, can help eliminate bacteria from the lungs and airways, increases the circulation of leukocytes in the body[40] inhibits bacterial growth by increasing body temperature,[41] and slows the release of stress hormones in the body. [42]

7. Handwashing
Proper and frequent hand washing will help reduce exposure to bacteria and viruses. What is the right wash: getting your hands wet with clean running water (hot or cold). Rub them together with soap, palm to palm and palm on the back of each hand, between the fingers and under the nails. Rub hands for at least 20 seconds. Singing Happy Birthday twice will do!

8. Hydration
It is important to drink water to stay well hydrated and keep your airways moist. Inhaled viruses stick to the back of the nose and throat. Maintaining these wetlands allows the mucous membranes to block the penetration of microbes more effectively. Dry mucous membranes are less effective at repelling pathogens. It is advisable to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces (e.g., a 150 lb person should drink 75 oz).

The last cough
It is natural to get sick every year. Exposure of the body to new viruses strengthens its immune system and keeps it “up to date” so that it can fight future infections. Following the above recommendations, adopting a nutritious diet and improving one’s lifestyle gives the immune system a better chance of maintaining its balance. A healthy immune system reduces the severity and duration of each future disease.

The next time you have a sore throat or discomfort, rather than waiting for the “microbes” to invade you, be proactive naturally and stop them in their tracks. If you are not sure what to take, consult a naturopath or other health practitioner.

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