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Boosting Immunity: Preparing Your Body for Flu Season

Boosting Immunity: Preparing Your Body for Flu Season

As the leaves begin to fall and the air grows crisp, flu season starts to make its annual appearance. While the flu shot is a proven way to defend against influenza, there are additional steps you can take to give your immune system that extra layer of armor. Here's a comprehensive guide to bolstering your immune system, perfect for the approaching flu season.

Why Does Immunity Matter?

Our immune system is like an invisible shield that protects us against pathogens, including bacteria and viruses. While a strong immune system can't guarantee you won't get sick, it does provide your body with the tools to fight off illness more effectively[1].

Nutrition: The Foundation of Immunity

Vitamins and Minerals: Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits like oranges, is well-known for its immune-boosting properties. Vitamin D, accessible through sunlight or supplements, is another crucial component[2]. Additionally, zinc and selenium contribute to immune health, found in foods like nuts, seafood, and meat[3].

Probiotics: Found in yogurt and other fermented foods, probiotics maintain the health of your gut where a significant portion of the immune system resides[4].

Hydration: Drinking water aids in the production of lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells[5].

Exercise and Immunity

Moderate, regular exercise has been shown to improve our immune response, potentially decreasing susceptibility to illnesses[6]. A simple 30-minute walk daily can go a long way.

Sleep and Stress

Sleep: Lack of sleep can impair the function of T-cells, an essential component of our immune system[7]. Aim for at least 7-8 hours per night.

Stress Management: Chronic stress suppresses the immune response by releasing the hormone cortisol. Mindfulness, meditation, and stress management techniques can help[8].

Herbal Supplements

Herbal supplements like Reishi, Shiitake, Echinacea, and Elderberry are commonly used for their potential immune-boosting benefits[9]; If you're looking for a comprehensive, natural approach to boosting your immune system, consider Shroom Harmony, a unique blend of ten potent mushroom extracts offers a wide range of nutrients and properties, each contributing to a balanced, robust immune function.

Conclusion

Gearing up for flu season by strengthening your immune system is a forward-thinking strategy for staying healthy. By adhering to a nutrient-rich diet, taking the right supplements, staying physically active, managing stress levels, and ensuring sufficient sleep, you're setting up your body to more effectively ward off viral infections.

 

 

References

1- Harvard Health Publishing. "How to Boost Your Immune System." Harvard Health, 2020

2- Aranow, C."Vitamin D and the Immune System." Journal of Investigative Medicine, 2011

3- Wintergerst, E. S., Maggini, S., & Hornig, D. H. "Immune-Enhancing Role of Vitamin C and Zinc." European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2006

4- Marco, M. L., et al. (2017). "Health Benefits of Fermented Foods." Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 2017

5- Popkin, B. M., D'Anci, K. E., & Rosenberg, I. H. "Water, Hydration, and Health." Nutrition Reviews, 2010

6- Nieman, D. C., & Wentz, L. M. "The Compelling Link Between Physical Activity and the Body's Defense System." Journal of Sport and Health Science, 2019

7- Ibarra-Coronado, E. G., Pantaleón-Martínez, A. M. & Al. "The Bidirectional Relationship between Sleep and Inflammation in Humans." Pharmaceuticals (Basel), 2015

8- Morey, J. N., Boggero, I. A., Scott, A. B., & Segerstrom, S. C. "Current Directions in Stress and Human Immune Function." Current Opinion in Psychology, 2015

9- Krawitz, C., Mraheil & Al. (2011). "Inhibitory Activity of a Standardized Elderberry Liquid Extract Against Clinically-Relevant Human Respiratory Bacterial Pathogens and Influenza A and B Viruses." BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies, 2011

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