Photo from pexels
Originally Posted On: Immune Health | Holistic United
What is immunity?
Immunity is the body’s ability to recognize foreign substances in order to prevent illnesses.
Why does immune health matter?
The body’s immune system must be supported in order for it to function optimally. The immune system provides multiple layers of protection against foreign substances. These substances can negatively impact health and vitality. Immune strength can positively or negatively impact health and vitality.
What factors contribute to a compromised immune system?
Environmental and lifestyle factors both contribute to an individual’s immune health. Environmental factors may include poor air quality, pollution, or weather changes. Lifestyle factors may include poor diet, lack of exercise, inadequate rest, and stress.
What can I do to make sure I am supporting my immune health?
Reducing levels of stress, being mindful of activity levels and engaging in intentional exercise, consuming an adequate diet that is rich in macronutrients, vitamins, and minerals, and maintaining a regular and consistent sleep schedule are all ways in which to support immune health. While a whole-foods first approach is recommended, vitamins and minerals may be supplemented. Supplements containing vitamins A, C, D, and E, folate/folic acid, iron, selenium, and zinc, along with probiotics, and antioxidants are all products that may support immune health.