How to Boost Immune System

How to Boost Immune System

How to Boost Immune System and minimize your chances of getting an infection, and recover rapidly if you do. Make sure you know how to look after your immune system.

The immune system is a complex, interconnected network which orchestrates a range of responses to bacterial infection, virus attacks, disease and toxins. There are two parts to the immune system – the innate immune system which you are born with, and the adaptive immune system – you develop this in response to invading pathogens and illness.

There are many things can compromise the immune system including:-

  • A poor diet - this depletes essential nutrients that play an important role in maintaining this finely balanced system.
  • Conventional medicine like antibiotics, steroids and anti-inflammatory drugs suppress the immune response;
  • Lack of sleep
  • Continued exposure to stress
  • Lack of exercise

Allergies are an immune system response to certain stimuli and can also be caused by food intolerances – often a sign that the digestive process is out of balance and needs help.

We can advise you how to boost immune system. A balanced healthy diet needs to consist of fresh fruit and vegetables pulses, healthy fats found in nuts and seeds and oily fish. A high intake of acidic food like red meat, dairy products, sugar and salt suppress the immune system. These foods can stimulate excessive mucous production which often creates congestion and allows the growth of bacteria and viruses. We need some mucous to form the first line of defence against airborne infections. Mucous contains leukocytes, which are the primary cells that fight against infection and tissue damage.

A well-functioning digestive system relies on healthy gut flora (gut biome) and the absorption of nutrients in turn supports the immune function. A large proportion of the immune system is found in the gastro-intestinal tract. Anything that damages the integrity of the GI such as prolonged use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) - aspirin Ibuprofen; antibiotics, steroids; alcohol and coffee are detrimental.

Research has revealed sugar can significantly reduce the number of white blood cells which are needed to destroy invading micro-organisms. Cigarettes, habitual alcohol, tea and coffee drinking put a strain on immune function and can also promote demineralising – leaching calcium from the bones.

A regular sleep pattern improves resistance to infection; lack of sleep and stress depletes nutrients – and are key suppressors of immune function. Illness or periods of pressure at work also affect immune system function.

We can tell you how to boost immune system. We prescribe natural plant medicines and advise on supplements to help support your immune function.

References:

Overview of the immune system (accessed 22nd November 2022)

How does the immune system work? (accessed 22nd November 2022)

Diseases of the Immune System (accessed 22nd November 2022)

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