Your immune system is often associated with fighting away flus and sickness, but it is responsible for far more. Our body produces immune cells that help our body fight off intruders such as inflammations, free radicals, and viruses. Inflammation plays a role in every type of disease, condition, or illness. Whether it’s an autoimmune disease, Alzheimer’s Disease, or eczema, there is an inflammation at the root of the problem. Studies indicate that managing these conditions is dependent on finding harmony between the brain and the gut. When your gut is healthy, and you have a diet consisting of good bacteria (probiotics) then you’re building your immune systems line of defense. A high probiotic diet consisting of fermented foods, dairy products, or probiotic supplements can help to achieve this.
Simply making sure that you meet the suggested daily requirements of vitamins and minerals through foods or supplements will strengthen your immunity. Diet and exercise are always going to be the best way of defending yourself against infections and diseases. Foods like spinach, kale, bell peppers, brussel sprouts, and strawberries are a great source of Vitamin C. You can get Vitamin E through eating almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seeds. Carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe and dark green leafy vegetables are loaded with Vitamin A. Vitamin D is a bit tougher to get from foods, but fatty fish, orange juice, and vitamin D fortified milk will get you started. Consultation with a medical professional or dietician is suggested before making any big changes to your diet.
Though studies of the medicinal benefits of mushrooms are still new in Western medicine, medicinal mushrooms have been used in Eastern medicine for thousands of years. For example, Lion’s Mane, may support cognition, balance, and concentration. Whereas Shiitake may support lowering cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood circulation. Mushrooms also have high antioxidant and high anti-inflammatory properties which can help in strengthening your immune system.