48 minutes | Mar 23, 2020

25: Science-Backed Ways to Support Your Immune System

Having proper immune support and health is imperative to putting you in a better place to handle stress, sickness, or anything that life throws your way. There is a lot going on in the world right now, and while we certainly don’t have the answers or a cure for Coronavirus, we do have science based studies that show there are ways to help reduce cortisol levels and support your immune system. In this episode we take a deep dive into all things immune-related and share our best research-backed tips to help you stay healthy and feel your best! 

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Why smoking cigarettes or vaping nicotine can negatively impact your immune system 
  • Why it’s important to support your immune system with a wide variety of healthy foods, especially fruits and vegetables 
  • That acute (moderate to vigorous intensity) exercise is beneficial to the immune system 
  • That obesity and chronic inflammation can have an impact on immune function 
  • Why it’s so important to drink alcohol in moderation, especially when it comes to immune health 
  • How alcohol can negatively affect different aspects of your health 
  • Why it's important for immune function to find healthy ways to minimize chronic stress 
  • A few ways Amanda and Chris deal with stress 
  • About some supplements that have been shown to help promote relaxation and reduce cortisol (Magnesium, Ashwagandha, B Complex, Reishi, Omega 3, GABA, 5HTP, Theanine, Cava, Valerian Root, Lemon Balm)
  • The role caffeine can play in stress and immune health 
  • Why maintaining connection with others is helpful for reducing cortisol levels 
  • How activities like chewing gum and listening to music can help with stress 
  • That quality sleep is crucial to preventing and fighting viruses
  • Why maintaining a healthy gut is imperative to nutrient absorption and immune health
  • That spending time outside can help your body synthesize vitamin D and help reduce the likelihood of you getting sick 
  • About some foods that contain high amounts of vitamin D 
  • How immune strength changes as you get older 
  • About the lack of connection between weather and increased risk of sickness 
  • That certain herbs can have antiviral properties and immunostimulatory effects 

References: 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1555415516001732

 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19027101

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