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The immune system is the first and last line of defence against illness and disease, so the stronger an immune system is, the healthier the individual. Unfortunately, the weaker the immune system, the more likely an individual will be to fall ill and suffer from poor health. The good news however, is that you can easily strengthen and boost your immune system in a number of ways. One way of doing this is using supplements.
Echinacea has received lots of press over the last few years and rightly so. It is effective against bacteria and viruses. It is considered to be immunostimulating, stimulating the body’s infection fighting immune cells and increasing the production of other immune fighting compounds such as interferon. Its action is at its highest during the first 2 hours after taking it. So it is best used at low doses in 2 hour intervals at the first sign of infection and throughout an infection
The beautiful native Irish elder tree is a medicine chest in itself. In herbal medicine the leaves, berries and flowers are used for many conditions. The berries and flowers have traditionally been used to treat the common cold. They help decongest, aid in reducing a fever and have an antimicrobial action. Recent studies have also show elderberries to have an inhibiting effect on H1N1 (swine flu).
Increase warming soups and stews. These are a great way to get lots of nutrients into our diet, boosting our bodies overall and warming us from the inside.
Be sure to include lots of sweet potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables in your diet. They are full of antioxidants and contain carotenoids which have immune boosting effects. They also often contain polysaccharides which have an immune stimulating effect on the gut.
Eat your greens! Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage are high in vitamin C and other nutrients that boost your immunity. They also contain cancer preventing isothiocyanates.
Mushrooms such as shitake and reishi have many immune boosting properties. They are a great addition to stir-fries and curries and also make a great immune boosting broth.
Eat good quality wholegrain carbohydrates to give you energy throughout the day so your body doesn’t have to run on empty and get run down.
Avoid junk food and lots of processed sugars which do little for your nutrition levels and can also put pressure on your immune system.
Don’t mind the smelly breath, Garlic is too tasty and too good for you to avoid. Garlic is a decongestant and contains allicin a compound proven to have antibacterial and antimicrobial properties.
Make sure you get lots of immune boosting Vitamin C – found in citrus fruits, berries, red peppers and leafy green vegetables, and Zinc – found in nuts, seeds, seaweeds, wheatgerm and seafood.
Buying Immune Health Supplements at Healthy Living
Healthy Living stock an extensive range of immune health supplements from only the very best brands including Better You, Terranova, Quest, Udo's Choice and to name but a few. Take a closer look at our extensive supplement range for more information on which one is best suited to your needs.
If you have any questions, our would like some complimentary advice, just ask any member of our team in store.