If you've felt that very first post clocks-go-back sniffle and you’re about to slump on the sofa and reach for the tissues, hands-up succumbing to potential impending sickness, pause! Instead, let's discerningly speculate whether there’s more than one way to battle the upcoming sickness season by starting with some immunity wisdom.
The primary agents that bolster our immune systems are well worth knowing, not just for thwarting colds and flu, but also for combatting the chronic inflammation in our bodies that causes both accelerated ageing and most diseases. The most pertinent lesson about immunity is that a healthy body is dependent upon a strong immune system. The excellent news here is that there are many ways to exercise immune-system boosts; not just by avoiding some destructive habits, stressors, and toxins but by embracing natural immune boosters and mainly: adopting behaviours that support immunity.
Know Thy Vitamins
Beginning and following a supplement regimen is about staying at your optimal health. A good multivitamin is very important. Look for one with critical nutrients like zinc, vitamin C, and vitamin D. Notably, immune cells are favourably affected by vitamin D levels. Maintaining a healthy level of vitamin D is an essential part of keeping your immune system robust. In fact, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with increased frequency and susceptibility of infection, as well as autoimmune disease. Hence why we love Wild Nutrition's Vitamin D capsules, providing 25ug (1000iu) of 'active form' Food-Grown' vitamin D3 for all the family.
Take the time, to take time out
An immensely useful approach to immunity health is an attitude of restoring balance, as a healthy immune system is one that sits in balance. Taking a bath has been proven to improve heart health, restore the nervous system and even balance hormones. So while lingering in the tub won’t solve all your problems, it definitely makes things more bearable when you’re feeling rotten. We highly recommend the ingredients list contained in MOA's Dreamy Mineral Soak, being rich Himalayan pink salt and sea salt, this deeply cleanses and purifies the skin whilst helping to kick start sluggish circulation. Himalayan salt also helps to counteract the electromagnetic energy that we absorb from modern-day gadgets and as our organs naturally resonate with the innate frequency of the minerals in the salt bath, your body is being recharged, boosting metabolism and triggering its self-healing powers. Lavender oil promotes relaxation, whilst warm and spicy cardamom oil offers relief from emotional stress, all of the above working some serious sick-day magic.
The most important thing one can do to cultivate strong immunity is to start where the immune system originally resides: the gut. The microbiome and digestive tract is where about 80% of your immune cells hang out. Thus by strengthening our gut health, we are much less likely to get sick, have allergies, and develop autoimmune disease. A perfect tummy-nurturing starting point can be a humble herbal cuppa. We recommend Sirocco's Ginger Lemon Dream Tea, containing pure, natural and organic ingredients that are masterfully combined to create a refreshing, bittersweet composition to revitalise the body and spirit. Ginger, liquorice and lemon grass produce spiciness, sweetness and a citrus note. Not to mention, laboratory research has suggested that ginger's antimicrobial effects combat against a range of organisms, supporting its famed ability to fight viruses and bacteria that fortify your immune system against nasty bugs.