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<p>Five tips to boost your innate immunity.</p>

Five tips to boost your innate immunity.

March 16, 2020

Amongst all the chaos around the world right now, it’s easy to slip into a state of fear. The current pandemic is affecting everyone’s lives and most of us have never lived through anything like this. Whilst we are being inundated with new public health policies and regulations about how to best combat the crises on a community level, what can we each be doing on an individual level in our own homes to assist and boost our own innate immunity to protect our family’s health?

5 tips to boost your innate immunity:

 1. Reduce stress.

Slipping into a state of fear is a common reaction to the uncertainty and chaotic circumstances unfolding around us. Slipping into a state of fear and combined with many people forced to be in isolation, ultimately affects our mental wellbeing and can cause feelings of stress, anxiety, panic and depression.

A quick dose of cortisol and adrenaline in a fight or flight response can boost our immunity. This was designed to assist wound repair from when that tiger would have chased you down 10,000 years ago, but research has shown that chronic and long-term stress has quite the opposite physiological response. Chronic stress, panic and anxiety will leave you lacking immunity cells, increase the likelihood of developing disease, as well as exacerbating pre-existing conditions (1).

Incorporate a daily meditation, yoga or exercise practice into your routine to help reduce your stress during this time. Alternatively, practice mindfulness. Be mindful and self-aware of your thought patterns, behaviours and consumption of information that may be adding additional stress to your life. 

 

2. Reduce inflammation.

We often interpret “inflammation” as the physical manifestation of an injury, take a swollen ankle for example or what happens when you get a mosquito bite. But have you ever woken up after a big night out and had a puffy face? Large bags under your eyes and swollen eyelids? Aches and pains in your joints? Water retention or bloating? These can all be signs of systemic inflammation.

Systemic inflammation causes dysregulation of the immune system and increases risk of disease (3). To reduce systemic inflammation to boost your immune system, here is a list of common inflammatory properties to try to avoid during the pandemic:

  • Heavily processed foods.
  • Refined sugar.
  • Common allergens including gluten, corn, soy and dairy.
  • Processed and preserved meats.

Whilst panic buyers are currently stripping the canned goods isles bare, try incorporating as much fresh organic produce as possible. Even better if your new quarantine project is planting some fruit, veg and herbs to grow and eat fresh from the garden!

 

 3. Incorporate medicinal herbs.

Whilst the world waits for a vaccination, medicinal herbs have been used for centuries to boost immunity, create balance within the body and assist with the symptoms of viral infections.

In a clinical trial of 102 patients with mild COVID-19 symptoms in Wuhan, patients who received Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) herbal treatments compared with the control group of patients who received only Western medicine, their recovery rate was 33% higher (3). A combination of 29 herbs, including ephedra, cinnamon twigs and liquorice root, is being used in the remedy to interact with ACE2, a receptor used by the novel coronavirus to infect host cells. This is proving to be an effective method to treat COVID-19 (2)

We recommend visiting a local Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner or registered Naturopath to assist with the dispensing of medicinal herbs to help boost immunity. 

 

4. Boost your intake of fresh fruit and veg.

Fresh fruit and veg are imperative to boost immunity. Nutrient rich, anti-inflammatory and full of fibre to leave your body nourished and cleaned out. Certain vitamins do deserve a notable mention in regard to COVID-19, including Vitamin C. Vitamin in high doses has been shown to boost immunity and work towards microbial killing of viral cells (5). Load up on these incredible Vitamin C rich foods:

  • Kakadu plums deliver 5,300 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams.
  • Acerola Cherries deliver 1,644 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams.
  • Rosehips deliver 426 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams.
  • Red Chili peppers deliver 242 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams.
  • Guavas deliver 228 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. 
  • Blackcurrants deliver 181 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. 
  • Lemons deliver 77 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. 

(5)

Alternatively you can also supplement with a high quality Vitamin C during times when you need an additional immunity boost.

 

5. Reduce the toxic load on your body.

Be conscious of what you are consuming, holistically. By this we mean be conscious of not only what you are eating, thinking, reading, feeling, using in your environment and what you are putting on to your body and skin. Your liver and kidneys do a great job of filtering out nasties from your body, but by reducing the toxic load that it has to deal with everyday, your body will be better equipped at beating any viral infections.

Avoid BPA plastics, opt for natural skincare and body products, be conscious of the chemicals in your cleaning products in your home and try to shop organically.  

All of the LeQure Body products are not only all natural, but also include TCM medicinal grade minerals, magnesium oil and immune boosting properties to help improve your overall wellness, reduce inflammation and detoxify the body.

  

References for further reading:

(1): Morey, J. N., Boggero, I. A., Scott, A. B., & Segerstrom, S. C. (2015). Current Directions in Stress and Human Immune Function. Current opinion in psychology5, 13–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2015.03.007

(2): https://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1180276.shtml

(3): http://www.scio.gov.cn/xwfbh/xwbfbh/wqfbh/42311/42560/index.htm

(4): Segerstrom, S. C., & Miller, G. E. (2004). Psychological stress and the human immune system: a meta-analytic study of 30 years of inquiry. Psychological bulletin130(4), 601–630. https://doi.org/10.1037/0033-2909.130.4.601

(5): https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-foods#section7

 



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