How to support your immune system
Every day we are exposed to organisms which may cause diseases or infections if our body’s defence system is compromised. This defence is referred to as the immune system. It‘s an interactive network of organs, cells and proteins that protect the body by neutralising or removing harmful organisms such as bacteria or viruses.1 With this in mind, here are some tips to help boost your immune system when you’re feeling run down and need that extra fighting power.
Eat more fruit and veg
It’s not rocket science, but eating a healthy and balanced diet really is vital for your immune system to work well. Our bodies rely on key vitamins and minerals to function properly. If you’re struggling to get your daily intake from your diet, try these inspirational ideas and top up by taking a multivitamin supplement like Seven Seas Perfect7 which is a blend of Natural Source Marine Oil with Omega-3 plus vitamins C, D and Zinc to support the immune system.
We all know that too much sugar is bad for us, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that high sugar competes with vitamin C.2
There are many benefits to exercising regularly. Not only will it aid your overall health and control weight, but it is also good for your immune system. In addition, regular, moderate exercise can help to increase the level of leukocytes which is an immune system cell that fights infection.3
If you struggle for motivation when it comes to exercise try these five fun activities everyone can enjoy and keep fit.
This is an important vitamin when it comes to a healthy immune system. Its main function is to regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate in the body – both essential for maintenance and growth of healthy bones, teeth and muscles.
Although, we all know how important vitamin D is, as many as one in five adults in the UK have low levels. Public Health England now recommends that adults and children over the age of one should aim to have 10 mcg of vitamin D per day especially during autumn and winter.4
Good sources of vitamin D include oily fish such as mackerel, sardines, salmon, fresh tuna and trout. If you struggle to reach your recommended allowance with food alone you can always try to top up with a supplement like Seven Seas Simply Timeless Cod Liver Oil.
We all suffer from stress at times but chronic stress can impact your immune system. Although it’s not possible to be completely stress free, trying to find techniques and coping mechanisms can help when you next encounter a stressful episode. Believe it or not, you can destress with exercise! Find what works for you and do it.
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