Supporting our immune system has been at the top of all of our minds for the last year.
Our immune system is doing its job to fend off pathogens and keep us going. While the pandemic continues, our normal cold/flu season is upon us with exposure to various infective agents.
What do we do to support our families immune system? We get asked this question often.
How do we create a balanced immune system? In our 20+ years of natural integrative medicine we have seen some important factors to create a balanced immune response.
We share them with you below:
Look to your gut- who lives in you and who you feed matters! The good guys balance our inflammatory response and the bad guys lead to a hyperinflammatory response. Your biggest immune organ as an adult is your gut.
One key is fiber fiber fiber and flavinoids, flavinoids, flavinoids (hint: these are found in the highest amounts in fruits and vegetables! )
Eat your plants and then eat more plants – research on a whole food concentrate that Dr. Bryan and I take shows that when eaten daily, the numbers and activity of immune cells increase. Research also shows the signaling molecules of the immune system increased while inflammation decreased. This response helps to create a balanced immune system response.
Get out in the sunlight and take your vitamin D- unless you wear a loincloth while you are out and about running errands. Vitamin D3: People with low vitamin D3 levels were shown to be 40% more likely to get a respiratory infection than those with normal levels. Levels can be easily tested with a simple blood test and should be in the 60-80 ng/ml range. Vitamin D3 supplements on sale:
We take Vitamin A and C supplements when a bug is stressing our system. This added immune support helps to ramp up our response to the offending bug and helps us get over it faster. Vitamin A and C supplements on sale: