How to boost your immune system (after the busy festive season!)

If there’s any part of your body that’s vital to your health, it’s your immune system. It avoids us from getting sick and keeps us healthy and energetic, hopefully throughout the year. How vulnerable your body is to external intruders such as bacteria and viruses differs per person. Sometimes our immune system can use extra attention – after traveling or after a busy period like the festive season of Xmas and NYE. In this article we’ll share tips how you can build up and maintain a strong immune system. 

About the immune system

The immune system is made up of a network of cells, neurotransmitters, and tissues. Its sole purpose is to protect the body against intrusive bacteria, viruses, and infections. It’s thanks to our immune system that we stay healthy and free from sickness!

To feel at our best and avoid health problems, we need to keep our immune systems in balance. A weakened immune system can lead to infections and diseases. An overactive immune system on the other hand, can attack the body’s own tissues. This is often the main cause of autoimmune diseases.

70 percent of the immune system is located in the gut

A large part of our immune system – around 70 percent – is located in the digestive tract. There are around 100,000 billion bacteria here, which is about 10 times the amount of cells in the body. These bacteria come from hundreds of different strains and together they make up the gut flora. In a healthy gut flora, there is a high diversity of species and the strains of good bacteria dominate. The good bacteria can help to strengthen the intestinal barrier and prevent damaging bacteria leaking into the blood stream, among other things.

Why do some people have weaker immune systems than others? 

Several of the immune system’s parts, for example, the production of antibodies and white blood cells, are dependent on us getting the right amount of protein, fats, vitamins, and minerals. People who are malnourished, often have weakened immune systems.

Since a large part of the immune system is found in the gut, the composition of the gut flora can also have an influence. The foundation for the gut flora is built the day we are born, as some of the mother’s gut flora will be inherited. Afterwards, the gut flora develops, which continues until the age of around four, when it begins to stabilise. The balance of the gut flora can be upset throughout our lives, for example, when taking a course of antibiotics, long-term stress, exposure to unknown bacteria, or due to unhealthy food that’s low in fibre.

“To take good care of our gut flora, we need to feed the gut bacteria with lots of plant fibres, also known as prebiotics.”

Another thing that can affect our immune system is allergies. When swollen and irritated, mucous membranes can make us more susceptible to infection. Chronic illnesses can also contribute to the body being less able to defend itself against infections.

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How to boost your immune system: 

Now we know why our immune system is so important to us and where it’s located. What can we do to support it on a daily basis, or boost it when we can use some extra strength?

Eat a varied diet with a lot of fruit and vegetables

A healthy diet is essential to get the nutrients we need and to make sure our immune systems are working at their best. Plant foods also contain plenty of prebiotics, which are fibres that feed the good gut bacteria. Have a look at our anti-inflammatory diet recommendation and how your immune system can benefit from this. 

Get regular exercise

Both moderate exercise and hard workouts stimulate our immune systems and can help make them stronger. Take note though that highly demanding exercise, such as long distance running, can temporarily weaken our immune systems. This is just for a short while after the session. In the long run, however, all exercise has a positive effect on our immune systems. 

Prioritise rest and sleep

Long-lasting mental and physical stress can have a negative effect on both our gut flora and our immune system. This means proper rest and sleep is essential for our health. For example, studies have shown that people who sleep less than 6 hours per night tend to have weaker immune systems. 

Build and maintain a strong gut flora

A healthy lifestyle with nutritious food, regular exercise and low stress levels create the best conditions for a balanced gut flora. To take extra care of our gut flora, we need to make sure we properly feed our gut bacteria with prebiotic plant fibre. Asparagus, onions, and Jerusalem artichokes are good examples of vegetables that contain prebiotics, which your good gut bacteria love. You can also take lactic acid bacteria (probiotics) and fibre (prebiotics) in the form of a synbiotic supplement. When you make this part of your daily routine, you ensure you’ll get a daily dose of probiotics & prebiotics in your diet. For daily maintenance or to give your gut flora an extra boost. 

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Want more energy and less bloating? It might be time to take better care of your gut. To strengthen or restore the balance in your gut flora, it's important you feed your gut with a daily dose of pre- and probiotics. A healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables is usually sufficient. If you want an extra boost or make sure you get a daily dose of good bacteria, you can complement your diet with a supplement.

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