Your immune system is the first port of call in the fight to stave off infection and disease. Keeping it in good condition is important to stay happy and healthy.
What is your immune system?
Your immune system is a network of cells, nodes, tissues, and organs that work together to help fend off diseases and infections. When your bodies specialised receptor, cells detect a virus or bacteria it then responds in two stages (the innate and adaptive immune response).
The innate response is the initial stage when your body rapidly starts upon infection and helps to contain the spread and reproduction of the virus. The adaptive response occurs after this and targets more specifically the virus that is affecting your body.
Influenza or Corona virus, why are some of us more susceptible to infections than others?
Some ‘healthy’ individuals are better able to develop an effective immune response and kill viruses, bacteria and pathogens that invade the body. Others known to have a ‘weak’ immune response are less able to fight of infections making them more susceptible to getting ill.
There are a few approaches to helping your body's immune system to become healthier. A well-balanced diet and correct supplementation to nourish your cells optimally can help support your immune system.
Five key ways to support your immune system:
Support your immune system by staying hydrated, hydration helps your body naturally eliminate toxins and other bacteria that may cause illness. It is important to ensure you drink plenty of fluid and consume minerals to ensure you can absorb the water into your cells. Cellnutrition Isotonic ampoules each provide the full spectrum of 78 minerals and trace elements that cells require, enabling complete hydration at the cellular level. The unique concentration of minerals and trace elements works in harmony with your body and is slowly absorbed by your cells, aiding cellular repair. This supports all aspects of cell functioning and a modulating effect on the main immunological biomarkers, supporting your immune system.
- Nitric Oxide
Nitric oxide is released by the inner layer of cells of blood vessels, increasing blood flow. With age, the production of nitric oxide reduces contributing to hypertension and inflammation in blood vessels. If you have healthy blood flow to every tissue in your body, this will allow your immune system to provide a strong defence system against invading pathogens.
If your body is unable to produce sufficient nitric oxide, it will not be able to defend itself as well from infections such as influenza or Corona Virus. To increase nitric oxide, you should increase the following foods in your diet, beetroot, garlic, meat, dark chocolate, and green leafy vegetables.
- Increase Your Vitamin C Intake
Vitamin C is also known as ascorbic acid and is an antioxidant vitamin. As it is an antioxidant, this means it fights free radicles in your body. Vitamin C is highly concentrated in your immune cells and can very quickly be depleted when your body is fighting off infections. Studies suggest that Vitamin C will not prevent the risk of developing illnesses and colds, but it can contribute to a speedy recovery, reducing the length of time of illness.
Fresh fruit and vegetables, such as kiwis, peppers and citrus fruit are good sources of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb other nutrients such as non-haem iron by binding to it and helping it travel to the intestines. When it binds to non-haem iron it increases the stability and solubility of it allowing the body to absorb the iron more readily through the mucus membranes of the intestine.
- Regular Intake of Iodine
Iodine is known as the forgotten weapon for fighting off viruses. Iodine is a mineral that helps in the growth and repair of damaged cells and aids in a healthy metabolism. Research has shown that iodine is an effective antiviral element that can help you in prevent viral infections. Iodine can kill pathogens including bacteria, virus, fungi, yeast, and protozoa. It can in fact kill 90 per cent of most of the bacteria within 15-30 seconds. As iodine cannot be produced by your body it must be obtained through our diet. Good sources of iodine include fish and seafood.
- Good Nasal Hygiene
Cellnutrition nasal Spray range has numerous benefits designed to aid excellent nasal hygiene and support the immune system, fighting infections. It promotes a mechanical flushing action, stopping blockage and the spread of germs, as well as providing the micronutrients contained in seawater to the mucous membranes. Good nasal hygiene strengthens the mucous respiratory defence mechanisms, improves tear duct drainage, helps to reduce allergies and works to prevent colds and flus. Not only that it is recommended to treat active and chronic infections in the nose.
For optimum benefits, consider using Cellnutrition Nasal Spray in conjunction with Cellnutrition Isotonic ampoules to support the internal terrain of the body to maintain cellular strength and reduce your risk of infections.