Cells, tissues and organs make up the ultimate superhero team. Think of it as your body’s "Justice League" - what we commonly know as the immune system.
Just like superheroes, the immune system serves to protect and defend your body against danger, which in this case is disease-causing microorganisms and harmful bacteria. More often than not this team is a dependable force, but on occasion a germ invades successfully and causes you to get ill.
Is it possible to boost your immune system? Yes! Thankfully there are a number of ways you can help your body naturally protect itself against illness and disease.
Matcha is a great coffee alternative. It provides your body with the alertness and energy that you crave from coffee, without the spikes.
The caffeine in coffee impacts your adrenal glands as it stimulates neurone activity in the brain. Adrenaline and cortisol are pumped out and put your body in a “fight or flight” mode, making you exhausted and causing a constant red-alert state.
Matcha contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant called catechins. Catechins, which are rare in other foods, help counteract free radicals in the body, which helps fight infection and disease.
Do note that not all matcha is created equal. The origin of matcha is very important, along with it’s regulations and certifications. Depending on the origin, matcha can be contaminated with lead and other toxins which render its antioxidant properties ineffective and more harmful in the long run.
Although matcha does contain caffeine (only half as much as a cup of coffee), unlike coffee, it is not acidic (it is alkaline). High acidity levels in coffee impede on the small intestine making it harder to absorb nutrients, which are essential for a healthy and functioning immune system.
A cup of TruOrganic™ Matcha a day will help keep illness away!
Sugar might taste good, but research shows that it is harmful for your body in many ways. Eating (or drinking) too much refined sugar curbs the immune system cells (white blood cells) that attack bacteria. This lowers your immune system functionality, making your body more susceptible to infection and sickness.
There is a complex relationship between sleep and the immune system, and it is no surprise that one affects the other. Lack of sleep can negatively impact the immune system, making your body more susceptible to illness. Many illness fighting substances are released in the body when we are asleep - our body needs these proteins, hormones and chemicals to fight off infection. Sleep deprivation or lack of sleep therefore decreases the availability of these illness fighting substances, making the body more vulnerable to illness.
Probiotics are live (good) bacteria and yeast that are beneficial for your health, especially the digestive system. Taking probiotics helps increase gut health by strengthening the intestinal lining, making it more difficult for harmful bacteria to escape into the bloodstream, making you sick.
You can get probiotics in supplement form. Be sure that the supplement you choose contains Lactobacillus Acidophilus, which is the probiotic required for adults. Incorporating probiotics into your regular routine helps build a solid foundation for healthy and strong gut flora. To find a probiotic that best suits your needs it is recommended to seek advice from a Naturopath or the helpful team at Finlandia.
Probiotics are also present in a variety of cultured foods. Some foods that are high in probiotics are:
Lysine is an essential amino acid, meaning that your body needs it, but cannot produce it on its own. It is an immune system booster as it helps build antibodies and has important antiviral properties. withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen contains this important amino acid, and as a result, by taking 5g of collagen daily you are boosting your immune system!
withinUs TruMarine™ Collagen’s high bioavailability means that the peptides that are consumed circulate through the body's bloodstream instead of going through the digestive tract. withinUs TruMarine collagen peptides have a greater absorption rate than other collagen sources - such as bovine, porcine, chicken collagen or bone broth. Since TruMarine is broken down to a low molecular level, this ensures that the amino acids and nutrients are easily, and quickly, absorbed into the bloodstream.
These are just a few ways that you can help boost you immune system, but there are many others. For example - ensuring you eat a well balanced, healthy diet and keeping your body active will also help your immune system functionality and overall health.
Here's to your health!
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