Last week I wrote a short post about how I have been seeing a lot of weakened immune systems through my clinic lately, as well some gut health concerns. We learned that gut health and poor immunity are 100% related and more often then not, you’ll see digestive complaints such as; reflux, nausea, constipation, frequent loose bowel movements, flatulence, bloating and or nausea along with some immune dysfunction such as getting sick often or taking a long time to recover from an illness.
The reason these 2 topics are seen together often is because over 80% of our immune system lives in and around our gut. Therefore; if you have poor gut health, it’s more than likely going to affect your immune health too.
That said, I would like to offer some helpful suggestions to help get you through this Winter, feeling well!
So here are my top 5 good immune health tips:
1) Work on your gut health- To begin, you could add in a good quality probiotic or probiotic foods and eliminate gut inflammation triggers such as; dairy and gluten proteins. For more info on bettering your gut health, see Gut health blog here
2) Increase your vitamin C intake through lots of fruits, vegetables and even supplement for a while if you need to. (Hint: – capsules and powders have shown to be better absorbed then tablets- though tablets may help too) Vitamin C is essential for good immune function
3) Get some sunshine- Vitamin D is an immunomodulator, meaning it helps to modulate our immune function. Aim for 20 minutes a day.
4) Echinacea- You can purchase echinacea off the shelf but ensure you seek advice from the chemist or a health care practitioner like myself if you are taking any medications or have any existing health conditions. Herbs can interact with medications if not taken correctly.
5) Garlic- Load your meals up with garlic! Garlic has antimicrobial, antibacterial, expectorant and diaphoretic properties, which makes it the perfect herb to help fight off, colds, flus and viruses. You can even try garlic tablets, again given you do not have any existing health conditions and have gotten advice by your healthcare professional.
Remember to always ask for professional advice if you have any health conditions, illness’ and or are taking any medications.
If you still can’t seem to shake these frequent illness’, book an appointment with me today. There are many other herbs and nutrients that can help, these are just my top 5.
You may potentially have other underlying conditions as to why your immune function is off- stress and adrenal dysfunction is a common trigger- so if you’re stressed and fatigued, ensure you work on managing it. You can see my blog post on adrenal dysfunction and what you can do to help it here if that sounds more like the answer for you!