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Everything about ‘immunity boosters’

Immunity is the ability of the body to fight off certain pathogens. These can be bacteria, viruses, and any other nasties that will make us sick. We should talk about immune support instead of immune system boosters or what can boost immunity, since it is the job of the body to do this naturally — in most cases our bodies are amazing in fighting off things that make us sick. Our white blood cells and more specifically ‘T’ cells are constantly on the hunt for things that could make us ill, and they do their work without us even knowing about it. When we feel ill or get a fever, it is often because our bodies are working overtime to get rid of a bacteria or virus. Yet there are certain products with vitamins and minerals which may help support the body do its immune system job; we go into these plus explore the different types of immunity below.

Quick intro to the innate and adaptive immune system

The human immune system is made up of two parts: the innate and adaptive system. As the name suggests, the innate system includes everything we're born with. For example, our effective in-built physical and chemical barriers. Your skin, eyelashes and nose hairs physically prevent intruders from entering the body. When something does manage to squeak through, there are other things like chemical barriers — stomach acid is one of these. These are always on standby ready to destroy pathogens, as well as many other cellular mechanisms. The other half of immunity – your adaptive or ‘active’ system - is developed over time as diseases are introduced into the body. Since this includes all mechanisms that your body learns through exposure, it is much more specific to the disease compared to the innate immune system.

How can I boost my immunity fast?

This is an interesting question. Nothing can actually boost your immunity, it’s all about supporting your immune system and taking good care of your body. We recommend thinking a step ahead, because prevention is always better than cure. Keeping active is thought to help keep the immune system running right. It’s really easy to go for a brisk walk or do some exercises every day.

Does working out put my body and immune system under stress?

While working out is a great way to work on your body, it also puts it under a bit of stress. That's why it's recommended for fanatic athletes – those who work out more than 3x a week for an hour or more – to take 200mg vitamin C, in addition to the recommended daily intake. This will contribute to maintain normal functioning of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise. Keep on reading to see which other vitamins, minerals, and habits will best support your immune system.

What are the best vitamins, minerals or other supplements to help my immune system?

A certain number of multiple vitamins and minerals are vital for immune functions. They are, for example, involved in the health of skin, production of important immune cells, and regulation of inflammatory factors caused by external elements like pollution.

Vitamins that are known to contribute to the normal functioning of your immune system are vitamins C, D, A, B6, and B12. Some important minerals are zinc, copper, and iron. If you find it difficult to get enough of them from your regular diet, you can consider supplementing them.

Vitamin C is already well-known in immunity

Vitamin C may be the most well-known of all vitamins and is found in all sorts of fruits and vegetables. It was first noticed as essential to the body in the 18th century, as sailors eating citrus fruit were less likely to get scurvy. Strawberries, kiwis, citrus fruit and cabbages, specifically, are examples of foods high in vitamin C. Vitamin C not only contributes to a normal immune system, but also helps protect your cells from oxidative stress. Moreover, it supports normal collagen formation which in turn is important for normal functioning of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, gums, skin, and more.

We offer vitamin C paired with several other ingredients to fit your unique goals. Our Vitamin C + Antioxidant has a nice blend of rosehip extract vitamin E, C, and more. If you want to pair up vitamin C with the popular echinacea, Immune Support with Echinacea is your fit.

Vitamin D and your immune system

Vitamin D is created by the body with exposure to the sun. Your body is also able to store vitamin D for days when sun is scarce. This vitamin is also found in some foods, mostly in fatty fish. Not only is vitamin D important for the normal functioning of the immune system, it does the same for muscles, bones, and more. Reason enough to start looking into a proper vitamin D supplement, especially if you're not often in direct sunlight. We sell a Vitamin D3 — 1000IU supplement, or if you're looking for a higher dosage try our Vitamin D3 – 3000 IU.

Vitamin A and immunity

Vitamin A is found in lots of animal-derived products, specifically liver. Don’t fancy pâté or foie gras? Luckily, your body is also able to create vitamin A out of carotenoids which are found in plants. Carrots (and other roots) are famous for high carotenoid levels, and it's also found in spinach and kale. Vitamin A is also important for the maintenance of normal vision. Vitamin A is found in most multi supplements. Pregnant women should be careful with their vitamin A intake, so always follow the doctor’s advice.

Vitamins B6 and B12 and the immune system

B6 and B12 are important members of the B-vitamin family. Vitamin B12 is found in animal-derived products like meat, fish, eggs, and dairy, which is why we advise vegans to take vitamin B12 in the form of supplements. This Vitamin B12 is vegan friendly. Instead of a capsule made from gelatine, we used a vegan-friendly alternative. Vitamin B6 is found in animal-derived products as well, but also in grains, legumes, and potatoes. Consider taking B6, which is found in most multi supplements, if you want to contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue as well as help your immune system.

Zinc and important immune functions

You can find zinc in many different types of food like grains, nuts, meat, and seafood. It’s an important mineral because it makes up enzymes that are needed for many important functions in your body, including the immune system. Another is the cognitive function and the metabolism of macronutrients.

Copper and immunity

You're at an increased risk of a copper deficiency if you overdo your zinc intake. Just to be sure, the two are paired in this Zinc Complex. It has an extra benefit, because – you guessed it – copper too is important for your immune system and for transporting iron which we go into below.

Iron is important for immunity

Iron is another important mineral to support your normal immune system, low iron results in anaemia. We offer the synergetic combination of Iron and Vitamin C. Iron is also abundant in meat, grains, legumes, and nuts.

Immune support products combining multi-ingredients

It can be a lot to try to gather together all the things your body needs (unless already getting them from a balanced diet) which is why we offer all-in-one products that combine the best ingredients to support your immune system easily. Immune Support with L-Glutamine has vitamin C, D, Zinc, and more. The same goes for our premium Immune Support Duo. The duo-cap technology used in this supplement, allows us to combine unique ingredients, so you'll also find Wellmune® beta-glucans in it.

Why do you call your products immune support?

Many vitamins and minerals play a crucial role in immunity. But supplementing them only supports the normal functioning of your immune system. The key to healthy living is to have a varied and balanced diet, even before taking supplements. There are also many other factors in play with your immunity, which supplements have no effect on. That's why we prefer calling our products supportive to your immunity. We want you to live the healthiest life possible and are always here to support you with our quality products and expert advice when you need it.

What else can I do to help ‘boost’ my immune system? Our 5 top tips to support your body the Body&Fit way:

  1. Get enough sleep: Many studies have shown that getting enough sleep helps strengthen our immune system. Aim to get 7-9 hours of sleep every night.
  2. Eat healthily: Vegetables and fruits are high in antioxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals. Aim for at least 250 gm of veggies and 2 pieces of fruit a day. Eat healthy fats like Omega-3 fatty acids.
  3. Manage stress: While it can be easier said than done, try to keep your stress levels to a minimum. Cortisol, known as the stress hormone, is an immunosuppressive culprit. Your body is less likely to identify and act upon intruders under stress.
  4. Exercise: Activity, especially at a moderate intensity, has been shown to support our immune system. Try to do at least 30 minutes of moderate activity daily, such as brisk walking, cycling, gardening, cleaning, jogging, or swimming.
  5. Stay hydrated: water is important for transporting crucial things around in your blood and harmful things like infection out of your body.

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