Post lockdown is a funny place in which we find ourselves. After months of being isolated, many, including myself are champing at the bit to go and socialise and enjoy the outside world. This is both allowed and encouraged alongside certain ever-changing restrictions by the government, however the virus is still present. In order to enjoy our new found freedom and support our health, as a registered nutritional therapist, I wanted to share some insight on how best support our immune system through diet.
Eat The Rainbow
By Eating a diverse array of non-processed, whole foods, we can proactively support our immune systems. Eating different colours of veg and fruit, will give you a boost of antioxidants which will help with toxic load and inflammation.
Ensuring fibre is included in every day consumption will help with T-cell production. These beauties are infection fighting cells that we want to welcome along to the party. Find your fibre in whole grains, legumes, fruits and veg.
Where possible go organic. Organic vegetables tend to have far less exposure to harmful pesticides, giving them a greater boost of vitamins and antioxidants and put our bodies under less stress than their non-organic peers.
Manage Stress Levels
Stress can suppress the immune system. Fact. Whether it be environmental, physical or emotional stress, the body will elicit the same response. Reduce stress and support your nervous system to ensure that your immune system is firing on all cylinders.
Support the Gut
The gut is a wondrous place and is the home to over 70% of our immune system cells. It is our key security in both external and internal threats such as pollution, poor diet and infection. Ensuring that we consume both pre and probiotics daily, will feed and populate the good bacteria that facilitate these mechanisms.
Prebiotics such as garlic, onions and oats help to feed the good bacteria and eating fermented produce such as kombucha or sauerkraut will help to populate the gut with them.
Get your Zzzzzs in
When we sleep our immune system secretes key proteins that moderate inflammation and immune cells. These are our internal army against viruses or any other disease-causing bacterium.
To ensure you get the best kip possible, stay away from electronic devices and blue light after the sun goes down. Remember a cup of coffee will stay in your system for 12 hours and make sure you finish eating at least 2-3 hours before bed, so your body can focus on healing and repairing rather than digesting.
For more information or guidance in this tricky old time The Yana Clinic will be offering Skype consultations to advise how best to support yourselves and your families nutritionally.
By Emma Kenton James
The Yana Clinic