Immunity and You!
So, what exactly is an immune system? Our immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defend our bodies against infection. With the pandemic still upon us, now more than ever is the importance of keeping our immune system strong. When our immune system is functioning properly, we are able to fight off diseases, viruses, infections and more. So, what can we do to build our immune system so we can continue to lead a happy and vibrant life?
Your first line of defense in building your immune system is to lead a healthy lifestyle. The choices you make each day can make a significant contribution to your overall health.
Here are just a few lifestyle choices that contribute to a healthy lifestyle and building overall immunity:
• EATING A DIET RICH IN FRUIT AND VEGETABLES: Have you heard the idea of "eat the rainbow"? We want to make sure that we eat fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors. When we do this, our bodies get the essential nutrients they need. You see, plants contain different pigments, or phytonutrients that give them their color and different colors mean different health benefits.
• GETTING ADEQUATE SLEEP: Ideally our bodies need between seven and nine hours of quality sleep to recharge and keep our immune system strong. Sleep is important for our bodies to rest and repair. Research has shown that during sleep our bodies have an increase in cytokine production. Cytokines act as messengers in the body for the immune system and need to increase when you have an infection or inflammation. Sleep deprivation may decrease the production of these protective cytokines, leaving our bodies vulnerable.
• MANAGING STRESS LEVELS: When our bodies are under stress, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced making us more susceptible to infections. Long term stress weakens the immune system due to a decrease in the body’s lymphocytes, the white blood cells that help fight off infection.
Did you know that there are essential oils that can also support building up the immune system? We have some great organic essential oils in our product line that do just that! Here are just a few:
Immunity Boost This versatile blend made with Lavender, Eucalyptus radiata, and Tea Tree is great for supporting overall immune health. You can inhale or diffuse to nourish your natural defenses and refresh your respiratory system. Also, great for dry brushing.
Oregano Oil Oregano essential oil is steam-distilled from the plants’ fresh leaves and twigs, making an extremely potent and clear yellow oil that may be used to support a healthy immune system. This oil can be diffused and is great added to a cleaning solution. Always dilute Oregano Oil as it can cause irritation at high levels. This oil can also be used internally in our Mini Cap form which is already diluted for your safety.
Aromaforce Immune Defense This powerful blend featuring Eucalyptus and Rosemary is here to support and defend immune and respiratory health. Immune Defense can be used topically or diffused to purify indoor air. Easy to use and great for travelling! We also have a great chest rub featuring this great blend. Check it out here!
There are many other oils that support immunity. Check out Lavender, Tea Tree, and Frankincense, too.
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article by: Carla Cohen