The immune system in our bodies is a network of cells, organs and tissues which work together to prevent or limit infection from potentially harmful pathogens. Whilst we can’t control being exposed to germs and viruses, we can prepare and support our immune system to recognise and fight off any potentially harmful pathogens that we might be exposed to. Our immune systems are designed to fight off illnesses and viruses, but it’s easy to get worn down by stress, toxins and an unhealthy lifestyle but when functioning properly, the body can identify threats and create antibodies to tackle these.
Here are 6 easy ways to build your immunity and make your immune system stronger for optimal health:
1. Keep Hydrated
Staying hydrated helps your body naturally eliminate toxins and other bacteria that may cause illness, so it’s important to drink lots of water and reduce alcohol consumption and sugary drinks. For those missing the flavoured drinks, we recommend infusing your water with nutritious ingredients such as ginger, lemon, orange, cucumber or grapefruit.
2. Get enough sleep
The optimal amount of sleep for adults is 7-8 hours a day, and not getting enough sleep can suppress the immune system function. When we’re asleep, the body releases proteins called cytokines which increase when we are ill. Sleep deprivation can reduce our bodies abilities to respond and make us more susceptible to illnesses.
3. Stick to a healthy diet
80% of your immune system is in your gut, so when it’s healthy, we’re able to fight off infections faster and better. Fill your diet with ingredients that are high in nutrients and vitamins such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats which can neutralise the free radicals in the body. Herbs such as garlic, ginger, turmeric and oregano have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties whilst sugar, processed meat, vegetable oils, and alcohol tend to be inflammatory foods which can affect the efficiency of the immune system.