Autumn TLC, Immune Boosting

Colder weather calls for warmth, Hot Tea and TLC,

With the change of seasons and temperature changes. The body also has major changes that occur, along with the changes comes sickness due to the body not being able to fight off the germs that we intake.

Our immune system works to root out germs and other invaders that should not be there.

The immune system is one of the most complex in the body.

Its composed of: your tonsils, your digestive system, your bone marrow, your skin, your lymph nodes, your spleen and the thinner skin inside your nose and throat.

Example, inhaling a cold virus through your nose, the immune system either stops the virus from going any further and attacking the body or primes your body to recover.

As we grow older our immune systems grow with us and change, sometimes becoming less effective and allowing our bodies susceptibility to autoimmune diseases and colds more often; this is why we have to keep up with eating nutritious foods, staying active, not smoking or drinking in moderation.

Relaxation, rest, keeping hydrated all help with flushing the body of toxins, as well as,

massages, which boost the immunes system by relaxing the body and decreasing levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.

Some people may have Autoimmune diseases, that give them more susceptibility in catching germs and causing the immune system to get compromised.

Here explains some of the most common Autoimmune Diseases:

  • Type 1 Diabetes - the immune system attacks and destroys insulin producing cells in the pancreas

  • Rheumatoid arthritis - the immune system attacks the joints

  • Psoriasis/Psoriatic arthritis - causes skins cells to multiply too quickly

  • Multiple Sclerosis - damages the myelin sheath, which is the protective coating surrounding nerves cells, which then affects the transmission of messages b/w brain and body

  • Lupus - immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue

  • Inflammatory bowel disease - inflammation of the lining of the intestines

  • Addison’s disease - immune system has affect on adrenal glands, which produces the hormones cortisol and aldosterone. Having too little of the hormones can affect the how the body stores carbs and sugars.

  • Graves’ disease - attacks the thyroid gland, producing too much hormones.

  • Sjogren’s disease - attacks the joints

  • Hasimoto’s thyroiditis - thyroid hormone production slows

  • Myasthenia gravis - affects nerves that help the brain control the muscles

  • Vasculitis - when the immune system attacks blood vessels

  • Pernicious anemia - affects a protein called intrinsic factor which helps the intestines absorb vitamin B-12 from food. W/o the vitamin the body can’t make enough red blood cells

  • Celiac disease - can’t eat foods containing gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and other grain products.

Lastly, here are a few things you can do to help boost immunity while the seasons are changing and the colder months are upon us.

  1. Always try and get enough sleep, i know sometimes this is hard to do but sleep and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol causing suppression of the immune system

  2. Consider probiotics

  3. Eat Antioxidant rich foods (Beans, omega- 3 fatty acids, nuts, dark green veggies, berries and drinking tea’s)

  4. Foods with garlic, its an antimicrobial agent and immune booster

  5. Intake immune supportive herbs (elderberry, oregano oil, echinacea, garlic, ginger and licorice root)

  6. One of my all time fav’s, Bone broth, I make it from scratch!

I hope you are having a sick- free Autumn!! Enjoy your families and Turkey!! Happy Thanksgiving Xx

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