Immune Health

It is always a good time to focus in on taking good care of our immune system.

“The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body from infection. The human body provides an ideal environment for many microbes, such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites, and the immune system prevents and limits their entry and growth to maintain optimal health.”

Sounds like a big job – doesn’t it?
Well it is.
Here are a few simple immune boosting strategies to support your immune system in tough times:

  • eat all colors of the rainbow. Different colors of fruit and veggies contain different vitamins, minerals, antioxidants…. all supportive ingredients for immune health. Try to get as much in as possible. Tip: Smoothies and soups are an easy way to add to your daily intake.
  • – plenty of fluids. Your body needs fluids to get rid off stuff – if you don’t hydrate enough, you fail to support the body’s detoxification and cleansing processes. Drink up!
  • – eliminate sugar. Sugar impairs immune function, it is an anti-nutrient. Stay away from it as much as you can – especially now.
  • – try to stress less. Stress weakens the immune system. Try to reduce stress, take time for yourself, get plenty of sleep and keep workouts lighter and more restorative when your immune system seems overly taxed.
  • – take good care of your gut. The health of our gut is a large impact on the immune system. Take good care of your gut – less sugar and irritating foods, more fermented and protective foods. If you have a weakened gut from antibiotics, stress, bugs etc. – consider taking a good probiotic to support it.
  • – if you like to add supplement support, vitamin D is key for a good immune system and most of us are deficient. Adding vitamin C+ zinc is also a good thing as are others –more on that in a deeper and individual conversation.

Take good care of yourself and stay healthy!
Barbara

Barbara Birke

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My key passion in life is this: ‘I want to support people in reaching their individual optimum through targeted nutrition strategies and simple and sustainable healthy habits’.

I am a nutritionist with a broader perspective. My knowledge and education base, which ranges from Sports Science (D) to Nutrition(board certified by the NANP, USA) and further education in Holistic Health, allows me to take a truly holistic approach. Many of my clients have improved fundamentally as we fixed sleep issues, stress response, imbalances, gut issues and – obviously working with nutrition and hydration.
I have worked with athletes, I have helped people regain their health, I have worked in a global corporation, I have supported busy people to make it work.

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