Step 5 to Wellness – Immunity
The final step in your journey to wellness
The immune system is vitally important for optimal health and wellness as it protects you from the constant assault on your body.
Having a healthy immune system is vital to ensure quality of life. Our immune systems have the remarkable capacity to protect us from disease and fight off foreign invaders that can cause our body harm. The immune system is often not given much thought until it stops operating efficiently.
If the immune system does not receive adequate nutrition it can become weakened reducing the ability to fight off infection or illness, it can leave you feeling run-down and fatigued, and increase the allergenic response. All immune cells are made from nutrients derived from the foods we eat and different cells require different nutrients.
Antioxidants are needed to quench free radicals as they can damage immune cells and wipe out cytokine pathways[i]. Antioxidants are crucial to mop up after an immune response, not only this but free radicals can impair immune cells from functioning properly.
To keep the immune systems strong and healthy, not only do you need to look after yourself (i.e. adequate sleep) but consume a healthy diet. Include superfoods, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and good protein sources in your diet as this will ensure adequate nutrients for the immune system.
Other dietary inclusions to help boost your immune system:
- Olive leaf
- Maitake and shitake mushrooms
- Elderberry Extract
- Aloe vera
- Slippery elm
- Lemon myrtle
Please see our earlier blog entitled ‘Boost your immunity in time for winter’ for more information.
Immunity Recipe Idea
Immune booster tea
1 Echinacea tea bag (I like Morlifes Echinacea tea bags they use a blend with olive leaf, hibiscus and much more)
1 licorice tea bag (try Morlife Licorice Zinga)
½ lemon, juiced
1 tsp ginger, grated
Place all ingredients into a tea pot and top with boiling water. Allow to seep for 10 minutes.
Strain and serve.
[i]Brambill a D, Mancuso C, et al (2008) The role of antioxidant supplement in immune system, neoplastic, and neurodegenerative disorders: a point of view for an assessment of the risk/benefit profile. Nutr J; 7(29):1-9.