Well, if 2020 hasn’t been the weirdest, most unexpected year ever.
I know it’s been a minute since you’ve seen me in these parts and to be honest, I just haven’t felt inspired to write this year. Whether it’s because of the ongoing global pandemic or not I honestly can’t say, but nevertheless I am finally feeling the creative juices flowing again!
Given the current circumstances, I felt it would be appropriate to talk about immune health today. There has been much discussion in the media about how COVID-19 is more likely to affect people with co-morbidities (i.e. other health conditions) over “healthy” people. While this has yet to be given the official “yay” or “nay” in relation to COVID-19, it remains a fact that the more health issues you do have, the greater your risk of ANY illness.
Many people think that our immune system is just a natural part of our body that we are born with and is always there to have our back in the face of illness. Yes and no. Our immune system is indeed a natural part of our body but it’s not just always “there.” In fact, we build our own immune systems based on our daily actions. What we put into our bodies and the environment around us both have a direct effect on how strong our immune system is.
Did you know? 70% of our immune system is actually found in our intestines. That’s right, our immune system isn’t in our lungs or our heart, nope, it’s in our gut. That’s why the food we eat has such a big impact on our immunity! If we’re eating nutrient-deficient, inflammatory foods all the time, we’re wiping out our immune system with every bite. Alternatively, if we’re eating nutrient-dense, whole foods then we are building a strong, healthy immune system.
As mentioned above, immunity also comes from the environment around us. If we’re living next to a garbage dump, we can bet that the air we’re breathing is highly toxic and thus flooding our body with toxins. If we’re working a stressful 9-5 cubicle office job under artificial light our immune system is also going to be compromised.
This cute little checklist from Alive magazine sums up all the necessary actions needed for a tip-top immune system!
- Zinc and Vitamin C are crucial micronutrients for the immune system
- Probiotics help keep your gut bacteria flourishing
- Elderberries are a potent botanical that are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C
For more detailed information on these and other immune tips, including how to manage cold/flu symptoms (’tis the season!), check out this post!
Long story short – you get from your body what you give it, so need to regularly provide it with the right tools to build and maintain a strong and healthy immune system.
Stay safe my friends!