(StatePoint) Daily stress in a busy life can challenge immune system function. No matter what season it is, it’s important to continually build robust immunity, say experts.
“The immune system is incredibly complex and we’re learning more each day about what weakens it and how we can strengthen it for better health,” says Larry Robinson, PhD, vice president of scientific affairs at Embria Health Sciences, a manufacturer of natural, science-based ingredients that support wellness and vitality.
With your optimum health in mind, Robinson and the experts at Embria are offering some tips for warding off illness with a healthy immune system.
One of the most effective strategies for maintaining a healthy immune system may just be common sense. Harvard Medical School calls healthy-living strategies a “first line of defense.”
To boost the immune system and every other part of the body, treat your body right. Drink in moderation. Quit smoking. Eat a well-balanced diet. Get regular exercise and plenty of sleep.
Many people believe that taking a multivitamin or vitamin C is enough to maintain a strong immune system, but the truth is you may want a more multifaceted approach to your supplement regimen. Robinson recommends looking for a natural immune supplement, particularly one that contains EpiCor, a whole food yeast fermentate supplement comprised of proteins, fibers, polyphenols, vitamins, amino acids, beta-glucans and beneficial metabolites that work together on many levels to support a strong immune system.
EpiCor can now be found in many natural, trusted brands, including Hyperbiotics Immune: Daily Immune & Wellness Formula, which also offers targeted probiotic support, zinc, vitamin C and Echinacea in a time release tablet.
Another immune boosting supplement to consider is Natrol Immune Boost, which contains EpiCor, vitamin C, vitamin D, Zinc and Selenium, clinically-validated ingredients to help support your body’s ability to stay healthy. The brand has consistently achieved the highest “A” rating from the Natural Products Association.
Take a Vacation
The mind-body connection is powerful, and studies have shown that stress — both temporary and chronic — can compromise one’s immunity. Be mindful of the stressors in your life and take steps to reduce or eliminate their causes.
While you may not be able to quit your job, you can make a point to schedule a vacation or make better use of your leisure time. You can also take stock of what causes you stress and think about ways of managing your reactions to troubling people and circumstances.
You may not think about how to strengthen the immune system until falling ill, but it works to protect you every day. Think beyond vitamin C and take comprehensive steps to support your immunity now and in the future.