This is an important topic these days, especially with the current COVID situation and the reality of vaccinations. I hear all the chatter about which causes more side effects and I often get asked which one is better. In fact, at a workshop the other night that was the first question I got asked!!
But the key point here is your individual immune system. If you are healthy and well, have good gut function with a balanced diet, then your immune system is likely in a good position. Therefore, it can take on a bit of a challenge without causing too much damage.
On the other hand, if you are stressed out, sleep deprived, relying on caffeine and drinking lots of alcohol (sounds like a lockdown situation!), then your immune system is likely to be in poor shape and will struggle to mount a good defensive attack.
If you believe that your immune system is strong because you never get sick. Then sorry this is not the case. You are likely to crash and burn at some stage as your immune system can no longer cope. A healthy immune system will have about 1-2 colds per year which are resolved quickly, like in 3-4 days, not weeks.
Your immune system impacts many systems and is involved in some of the following conditions:
- Food Intolerances
- Auto-immune conditions
So, what can you do to improve your immune health?
Help your Gut!
A large proportion of your immune system resides in your gut! This means gut health plays a large part in how your immune system functions. LPS or lipopolysaccharides are produced in the gut by gram negative bacteria which in turn triggers an inflammatory response. If this is a constant trigger, then the body is dealing with ongoing low grade chronic inflammation. This does not help the immune system, the gut, or your metabolism.
So, what causes these LPS?
High fat, highly processed sugary foods!! (Inflammatory foods).
So how can you help?
- Reduce alcohol.
- Reduce inflammatory foods (highly processed foods)
- Eat more wholefoods.
- Eat more fruit and vegetables.
- Reduce your stress levels.
- Increase your activity level.
- Take some time out to find enjoyment in something (that does not include watching TV or being on a device).
If you would like some help to improve your immune health or your gut health then book in for a free discovery call