Boost your immune system naturally

Prevention is better than cure. And that’s certainly true when it comes to immune health. Here’s some natural ways to keep your immune system turbo-charged. 

No one wants to be unwell, but catching colds and seasonal bugs is more likely when our bodies are running on empty and our immunity is suppressed. Lumity’s Morning and Night softgels boost immunity, and there are plenty of easy, natural ways to make sure you stay in tip top condition too. 

How berries help to boost immunity

Berries are among the healthiest foods you can eat. They are packed with flavanols, which are highly effective antioxidants. And berries boost our immune system as they have so much vitamin C in them. This water soluble vitamin, which means we need to keep topping it up, features in Lumity’s supplements as it protects cells against oxidative stress and helps to maintain the healthy functioning of the immune system.

Why a good night’s sleep is crucial for great immune health

Did you get told as a child ‘you’ll feel better after a good night’s sleep’?

Well there is truth in that, as sleep deprivation will suppress your immune system. And, burning the candle at both ends often leaves you with a cold. Studies have shown that when we don’t get enough rest the cells and proteins which are created or released while we sleep to fight off viral and bacterial infections decrease. A lack of sleep can also cause us to be sick for longer as our bodies lack the resources to properly fight back. Boosting our immune system doesn’t require us to have extra sleep time, just try to get the seven to eight hours we need.

Eat the rainbow for better health

Variety in our foods helps boost immunity because we are likely to take in a full range of vitamins and minerals. Generally speaking the richer the colour, the more likely they are to be packed with nutrients. Bright orange sweet potatoes and dark leafy greens are also high in vitamin A, a Lumity supplement ingredient which we included due its strong links to maintaining a healthy immune system. Eating lots of different types of food also improves our gut flora which has been linked to a better ability to fight infection and bacteria.

Why regular exercise helps fight off colds

Did you know that taking regular exercise helps ward off illness? When we work out, our immune system responds by producing more of the blood cells that attack bacterial invaders. Physical activity can also help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways.

This may reduce your chance of getting illnesses. The fact our bodies rise in temperature when we exercise has also been likened to the way our body gives us a fever when we are fighting a bug, the rise we create working out can also prevent bacteria growing.

American research has found people who exercise moderately on five or six days a week have half as many colds and sore throats as people who don’t.

And the more regularly you exercise, the more long-lasting the changes become.

How a healthy weight keeps illness at bay 

Being the correct size for our build and height is important to our overall health but once you have got there it’s important to stay in the zone as yo-yo dieting has been proven to weaken the immune system.

A study by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that women who had been the same weight over several years had higher levels of natural killer cells.

These white blood cells are the backbone of the immune system, helping to kill viruses and protect against cancer.

Those who had gone on yo-yo diets had much lower levels. So, find a sensible weight you can maintain and stick with it.

Eat good fats to stay fighting fit

Some fats are essential for building cells and for the production of prostaglandins, hormone-like compounds that help to regulate the immune system’s response to infection, including the way it reacts by making white blood cells that combat invaders.

Opt for unsaturated vegetable fats rather than saturated ones from animal foods, which reduce the ability of white blood cells to zap bacteria.

And avoid trans fats all together.

Spend more time in the sunshine for a natural boost

There is an increasing awareness of the importance of vitamin D, something so many of us are actually deficient in, and just how important in our bodies. Spending thirty minutes outside each day will help boost your vitamin D levels as we get it from sunshine. 

When it comes to our immune system it’s been found to both triggers and arms our bodies’ defences, a double whammy we can’t ignore.

A study examining T cells (the ones which fight the bad stuff) found that vitamin D was part of a complex process in which these special cells become ‘primed’ and help to fight infection.

Not getting enough vitamin D leaves us susceptible to infection. Further to this, a Japanese study found school children taking vitamin D3 supplements, the form of vitamin D found in Lumity supplements, were 58 percent less likely to catch influenza A which is a higher success rate than any flu vaccine can claim!

The importance of laughter for great immune health

Laughter can boost your immune system along with your mood.

This is because it raises levels of antibodies in the blood including the white blood cells that attack and kill bacteria and viruses. It also reduces the stress hormones which can suppress our immune system. “There is a lot of medicinal value to laughter”, according to psychologist Don Powell.

Take Lumity each morning and night to boost your immunity 

Lumity is a healthy ageing supplement range for women and men clinically proven to deliver multiple benefits with 24/7 nutrient rich support. One of these benefits is strengthened immune health, which is crucial right now.

As well as essential amino acids, omega 3 fatty acids, antioxidant vitamins and minerals for improved skin, hair, nails, energy, focus, brain health, bones, muscles and teeth, plus reduced tiredness, Lumity’s scientifically calibrated formula also includes the vitamins A, C, D3 and E, plus the minerals selenium and zinc, which are a powerhouse combination for robust immune health. Backed by a clinical trial, Lumity’s unique twice-daily delivery system works at a cellular level to support the body’s very different needs throughout the day and night.

An investment in how you look and feel, Lumity helps to build a foundation of health, well beyond what is possible through diet and lifestyle alone.