How to Give Your Immune System a Fighting Chance
With the widespread of COVD-19, it’s essential to take extra care of your immune system. The best and easiest way to do that is to eliminate toxins in your body. This means both internally and environmentally. This is done through being mindful of the following: food/drink, air and sound pollution, topical products including skincare and household products.
So, how do we give your immune system a fighting chance right now?
We know the obvious of washing your hands for 20 seconds and avoiding close contact with others, but let’s look at a few easy ways to improve your chances of fighting off illnesses.
Eliminate the use of Alcohol
We all know that alcohol isn’t good for our bodies and overall health, but did you know how it affects our two brains; the mind and our gastrointestinal system?
Let’s look at the GI tract (gastrointestinal system) first. When you drink, it takes on the heavy responsibility of processing the alcohol out of your body. It takes precedence over anything else that you may have consumed, such as protein and carbohydrates. It negatively affects the microbiome in the intestinal tract, the microorganisms responsible for the immune system in the gut. This disruption of the gut barrier function allows more toxins to flow through the bloodstream, weakening the immune system.
The body has no way to store alcohol, unlike the building blocks of proteins or using energy from carbohydrates, therefore, the liver takes on a tremendous load of trying to eliminate the alcohol toxins from your blood. Heavy drinking will cause an increase of bacteria to grow in the gut, stressing the immune system making it harder to keep you healthy.
Alcohol consumption increases acute respiratory stress syndromes (ARDS), liver disease, and some cancers. It also decreases the ability to adequately healing from surgeries, infections, and trauma to the body.
Your Brain – The Epicenter
The effects of alcohol on our brains are mindblowing. Besides intoxication, memory relapses, brain fog, and damage to the neurotransmitters, it’s important to remember that alcohol is a depressant. This causes our bodies to move into fight or flight response and adding unnecessary stress to our bodies. When this happens, we lower our ability to fight diseases, viruses, and inhibits wound healing.
There is evidence stating that the immune signaling in the brain may contribute to alcohol abuse disorder, even in smaller amounts.* In other words, no amount of alcohol is safe for our immune system, body, or brain.
It’s simple; limit or abstain from alcohol to avoid weakening your immune system.
With the increasing stress of worriment and boredom that is bound to set in during the COVD-19 crisis, it’s important to not rely on alcohol or other numbing aids. Alcohol will only increase depression symptoms.
Read my blog What is a Healthy Relationship with Alcohol for more tips.
Eliminate Environmental Toxins
Another easy way to eliminate toxins is by eating organic foods, exercising daily, and being mindful of what products you’re using both at home and on your skin. One easy way to ensure you are ingesting high-quality nutrients is by taking two capsules of Juice Plus daily. It’s the fastest, easiest way to pack in a ton of immune-boosting ingredients.
You may not realize how detrimental common ingredients found in many beauty/skincare products. That’s why I highly recommend BeautyCounter, a company with a mission to get safer, high-performing products into the hands of everyone through education and advocacy. For more information on BeautyCounter, click here.
Awareness is Key
By having the education and awareness, you can increase your odds to build a stronger immune system. Remember to be mindful of your surroundings, products, and consumption of alcohol.
Together, we will fight this virus and win.
If you find yourself in a place of boredom or experiencing depressing thoughts, reach out and let’s chat. It’s important to stay above the crutches of addiction, not only for your immune system but your overall wellbeing.
*Source used: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4590612/