With October making its way with a colder weather and diminishing sunlight, your immune system is put to the test. The greatest challenge is to maintain a strong immune system that will withstand winter illnesses (colds, flues, gastroenteritis).
Stress decreases the immune system’s response.
Chronic stress leads to fatigue and decreases sleep quality...and we know we get sick when we are tired! Winter is stressful for many people and when added to our daily stressors it can really affect the immune system.
If this is your case, medicinal plants with adaptogenic properties may increase your resistance to stress and help reduce the negative effects of chronic and repetitive stress. The formulas with ashwagandha, rhodiola and ginseng have been proven and are greatly appreciated by stressed people.
Lack of sleep can affect the immune system.
Studies have shown that lack of sleep had adverse effects on the immune system. When a person is deprived of sleep even one night, the number of white blood cells drop and their effectiveness is also affected. Lack of sleep is a significant stress to the immune system.
For a sustainable solution, we must address the cause:
- Avoid eating late at night or right before bedtime;
- Exercise, go outside, and breathe fresh air;
- Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol, colas and chocolate;
- When feeling stressed during the day or before bedtime, add the following: a formula of adaptogenic plants, magnesium, melatonin, soothing plants such as passionflower, lemon balm, etc. or a formula that includes several of these ingredients.
Remember that during sleep, several physiological processes happen, such as hormonal secretions, elimination of toxins, nerve recovery, and regeneration of the immune system. The brain also benefits greatly from this period of rest as resulting with a "clearer" mind and better memory.
How much vitamin D do you take?
Vitamin D supports and protects the immune system. During the autumn / winter period, we should ALL without exception support our immunity with a vitamin D supplement to increase our resistance to infections and epidemics, and to reduce the risk of complications during the winter.
To build the first line of defense to protect your immune system, remember that prebiotics and probiotics play an important role because in addition to maintaining a healthy intestinal flora, they modulate the immune system.
Unfortunately, if you happen to get an infection, take action at the first sign symptoms present itself: echinacea or an antiviral formula that contains echinacea, oregano oil, elderberry, etc. will stimulate the immune response of your body.
The solutions are within reach ... and if necessary, ask for the help of a naturopath or natural health practitioner.- Back to previous page -