L'importance de l'immunité pour notre santé
Immunity: Your Body's Natural Defense System
Immunity refers to our body's natural ability to defend itself against threats. These threats can be external—such as microbes (bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi) and foreign molecules (allergens, fine particles, splinters)—or internal, like cells that have become cancerous. The immune system weakens with age and can also be compromised by chronic or acute illnesses. As a result, people become more vulnerable, and infections become more frequent. This is especially true for the elderly, people with comorbidities like diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, as well as those suffering from cancer and autoimmune diseases. Infants also have weaker immune responses, which gradually strengthen throughout childhood.
Interestingly, even some people who appear healthy can catch a cold or intestinal flu more easily than others living under similar conditions. That's because immunity is also influenced by lifestyle choices. Factors like sleep quality, diet, physical activity, and emotional well-being are crucial for our body's ability to regenerate.
Seasonal Impact on Immunity
The immune system is also affected by the seasons. Spring and winter pose particular challenges. In spring, pollen can trigger allergies, which are essentially an immune system response to the allergen. During winter, dropping temperatures slow down our bodily functions, and our viral response diminishes. Plus, we spend more time indoors in enclosed spaces where viruses can circulate more freely.
So, How Can You Boost Your Immunity? Here Are Some Tips.
Les facteurs affaiblissant le système immunitaire
Taking care of our immunity starts with gut health. Our intestine is our first line of defense and contains 70% of our immune cells. Our gut flora is home to billions of bacteria; an imbalance (with an excess of harmful bacteria) can weaken our immunity. Hence, it's essential to eat foods that provide our gut with probiotics. These good bacteria help strengthen our immunity. They can be found in fermented products and drinks such as sauerkraut, pickles, yogurt, kombucha, or kefir. Probiotics can also be taken in supplement form, preferably under the guidance of a healthcare professional or naturopath.
Astuces pour renforcer l'immunité
Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Juices
To promote the production of lymphocytes responsible for immune defense, it's important to have a diet rich in antioxidant vitamins. These can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables. Consider having freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning; it's rich in thiamine, B vitamins, and potassium that boost energy. You can also opt for vegetable juice, which is less sugary than fruit juice and provides a concentrated mix of vitamins, minerals, and digestive enzymes to rejuvenate your gut, the seat of your immunity.
Sleep is a time for glandular and nervous recharge. In other words, our body rejuvenates at night when physical and intellectual activities are paused, thus boosting our immunity and vitality. Due to modern, connected lifestyles, we've lost two hours of sleep in 100 years. Repeated short nights can weaken our immunity over time. Experts recommend a minimum of 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. To improve your sleep, try going to bed at a consistent time in a well-ventilated room, free of light and noise pollution. Opt for a light meal in the evening and turn off screens well before bedtime to promote melatonin secretion, the sleep hormone.
Regular Physical Activity
Exercise is known for its numerous benefits on cardiovascular health, stress management, weight, and prevention of chronic diseases. It's also an excellent way to boost immunity. Regular, moderate exercise like walking or cycling for 30 to 60 minutes per day enhances blood circulation, allowing immune system molecules to circulate more freely in the body. On the other hand, excessive exercise can have the opposite effect by weakening the body. So, the key is moderation and consistency.
Chronic stress—prolonged or constant—is an enemy of the immune system. By stimulating the adrenal glands that secrete hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, stress puts the body under tension, causing fatigue and weakening our immune system. It's important to practice relaxing activities daily, such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and regular breaks to release tension.
Booster son immunité avec des compléments naturels
At Parantaga, we've designed the Immunity Cure to fortify your immune system, with a focus on both the nervous and digestive systems. This regimen combines two key products: Curcuma & Antioxidants and Omega. Curcuma & Antioxidants features curcumin, a potent anti-inflammatory compound sourced from turmeric rhizomes. Paired with antioxidants such as ginger, blueberry, and green tea extracts, it offers enduring relief to your gut, the cornerstone of your natural immunity. Meanwhile, Omega supplies essential unsaturated fatty acids crucial for nervous system health, as well as antioxidant vitamins A and E and immune-boosting vitamin D. As a complement to a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle, this is the ideal solution for enhancing your immune system. Now it's your turn to take action!