In the current climate there has never been a more pressing time to understand how we can enhance our natural immunity. A healthy immune system, like a healthy body is highly adaptive and responsive. As we age, just as our bodies lose flexibility and adaptability so does our immune system. However just as we can delay the negative consequences of aging though judicious choices, exercise and diet, likewise we can maintain the functionality of our immune system.
Adequate levels of Vitamin D, naturally synthesised in our bodies in response to sunlight, is positively correlated with BETTER HEALTH OUTCOMES in the face of ALL disease processes. Conversely, low levels of vitamin D are linked with poor prognosis in ALL diseases. The takeaway message – GET OUTSIDE – sunlight is free and essential for our optimum wellbeing. Those with light or fair skins absorb Vitamin D far more readily than those with darker complexions therefore the time required outdoors varies depending on skin-type. As a general rule spending half the time it takes to burn outside is adequate.
Supplemental vitamin D may need to be considered by those in cold climates, with limited access to the outdoors, with auto-immune disease or the elderly.
Adequate nutritional intake of Zinc, phytonutrients, anti-oxidants, silica and quercetain is also essential for optimum immune function. All of these nutrients can be found in a diverse, seasonal, whole-food diet. Poor gut health, poor digestive function and pharmaceutical medications may however impair the absorption of these nutrients and additional supplementation (as prescribed by a professional) may be necessary.
Judicious exercise can positively influence every system of our body including our immune system and is a fabulous tool for stress management.
STRESS negatively impacts our mental and physical health as well as our Immune resilience it is important to explore meaningful ways of managing stress.
Human connection and optimism are likewise are essential for healthy ageing and resilience in the face of adversity. Unfortunately these things don’t come in a bottle. Where possible surround yourselves with like-minded people, people who you can laugh with, people who make you smile.
The take-away message. You do have choices. You do have some control. You are the custodians of your own health. There are natural options to optimise your health and your resilience in the face of adversity.