The weather changes in winter, cold temperatures set in, and runny noses, sniffles, head colds and flu seem to be prevalent as we start getting increasing drops in temperature; this is a good time to boost your immune system so that you’re at optimum health throughout winter.
What is the immune system?
The immune system, which is made up of special cells, proteins, tissues, and organs, defends people against germs and micro-organisms every day. In most cases, the immune system does a great job of keeping people healthy and preventing infections. But sometimes problems with the immune system can lead to illness and infection.
The immune system protects the body from infection by creating and maintaining barriers that prevent bacteria and viruses from entering the body. If a pathogen breaches the barriers, and gets into the body the:
Innate immune system equipped with specialized cells that detect, and often eliminate, the invader before it is able to reproduce, potentially causing serious injury to the host. This means that the cells of the innate system recognize, and respond to, pathogens in a generic way. The innate system does not confer long-lasting or protective immunity to the host A pathogen that successfully evades the innate immune cells faces a second barrier:
The Adaptive Immune System: It is through the adaptive response that the immune system gains the ability to recognize a pathogen. It is composed of highly specialized, systemic cells and processes that eliminate pathogenic challenges. The adaptive or specific immune system is activated by the “non-specific” innate immune system. It is the adaptive immune response that provides the immune system with the ability to recognize and remember specific pathogens, and to mount stronger attacks each time the pathogen is encountered. This is adaptive immunity because the body's immune system prepares itself for future challenges.
Stress effect to immune system
Stress has an effect on the whole of your body; it is one of the major causes of disease. DIS - EASE is best described as a body that is ill at ease with itself. One of the quickness ways to suppress the immune system is being under stress. Due to our diet, lifestyle, and environment, it can be a hard one to get under control, but if we make a concerted effort to improve our diet following the tips listed below and look at ways to change our lifestyle, such as doing a bit more exercise, which I find it one of the best stress releases after a hard day at work. Then there are always relaxation classes or just taking 20mins out of your day to listen to a relaxation tape or a piece of music that makes you feel good on the inside, and puts a smile back on your face. Meditation is another area to investigate, a lot of people will say that they can’t relax, focus, or sit still long enough to meditate, there are many moving meditations you could do like, Tai-Chi, walking and swimming all of which helps you to switch off your mind and relax.
Dietary causes of poor Immune system
A balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, salad and lean protein is a great way to start building a healthy immune system.
If your immune system is low I would suggest bringing in more of the super foods such as: Blueberry, blackberry, broccoli, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, carrots and papaya which are only the tip of the iceberg. Other foods include alfalfa, apple, barley grass, beetroot, boysenberry, capsicum, celery, elderberry, ginger, grapefruit, green tea, kelp, lemon, onions, oranges, parsley, red wine, and Spirulina, strawberries, turmeric and wheat grass.
Herb & nutritional supplement to boost immune system
Aloe Vera, Cat’s claw, Echinacea, Grapeseed, Natural HGH Complex, kombucha Tea, L-Arginine, Liquorice root, Olive Leaf extract, Pine Bark, Probiotics, Rosehip, Supergreens and super Reds.
Vitamins that help boost immune system
Antioxidant vitamins & immune system:
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc And Multivitamin B
Now is a good time to boost your immune system and have optimum health throughout the winter months and to be fit, healthy and full of vitality for spring.
You can be as frisky and energetic as this little fellow is and enjoy winter.