The 4 Pillars of Immunity: How to Build a Strong Immune System
March 18, 2022
Want to help your body through different seasons and environments? Then it’s time you learn how to support a healthy immune system. Prioritizing it can help you in more ways than one. The immune system is our natural defense mechanism against environmental factors. When it’s out of balance, your body may not be equipped to support you against these outside forces. That’s why it’s important to build a regimen that emphasizes immune protection. So, what should this entail? We recommend four key pillars: foundation, natural protection, resistance, and targeted health.
You can’t build a house without a solid foundation. The same goes for your immune system. A strong foundation can help set the stage for a stronger defense system—and that starts with giving your body the proper nutrients, including:
You might be wondering, “what are probiotics good for”? The short answer—a lot. Probiotics are living microorganisms that can support digestive health. A common name for the gastrointestinal tract, your “gut” is home to an ecosystem of 300-500 bacterial species, also known as gut flora. But, while many bacterial strains can benefit your body, some can have the opposite effect. What do probiotics do in the gut? They can help your body maintain a natural balance of the beneficial gut flora, which can support digestive comfort and regularity. So, when is the best time to take probiotics and how can you fit them into your diet? Find them in fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Or, opt for a supplement, like the Nutrilite™ Balance Within™ Probiotic. This powerhouse supplement contains 6.3 billion live probiotic microorganisms from five naturally strong strains. It even contains the prebiotic fiber inulin from chicory root—which can also help encourage the growth of healthy gut flora.
Besides assisting in bone and heart health, Vitamin D can also be a powerhouse when it comes to a healthy immune system. Vitamin D could even support immune protection by promoting the growth and development of immune cells. While you can get Vitamin D from the sun and specific fortified foods, one of the best ways to help your body receive the proper amount is by taking a Nutrilite™ Vitamin D supplement. It’s made with a combination of Vitamin D2 and D3 that comes from one of nature’s most concentrated botanical sources: mushrooms. Best of all, it can provide your body with the same amount of Vitamin D as 8 cups of fortified milk.
You may have been told as a kid to take a multivitamin, but have you ever stopped to wonder why? Multivitamins are full of many essential nutrients that your body needs to function—including keeping up with immune protection. From Vitamins A, C, and D to folate, biotin, and iron, there’s a lot of ground that should be covered. We get it; that can feel overwhelming. But, that’s where a multivitamin can help—like the Nutrilite™ Double X™ Multivitamin. It’s packed with 12 essential vitamins, 10 essential minerals, and 22 plant concentrates, all of which can help support your immune health. It’s even packed with ingredients that can help support a healthy heart, brain, eyes, skin and bones.
Once you’ve built a solid foundation of nutrients, there are a few others you can add into your daily diet to help further assist in immune protection:
Part of learning how to protect your immune system is learning about Vitamin C. This essential nutrient is one that your body can’t produce on its own, which is why it’s important to make sure you’re getting enough through diet or supplementation. How can Vitamin C aid in immune protection, you ask? It may help white blood cells function more effectively, which can strengthen your skin’s defense system and help maintain healthy bones and cartilage. Find this nutrient in fruits and vegetables, like citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and potatoes. The daily recommended intake is 75mg per day for women and 90mg per day for men. Not sure if you’re getting enough? Supplements may be able to help—like the Nutrilite™ Vitamin C Extended Release, which is made from acerola cherries, one of nature's most concentrated forms of Vitamin C.
Think of zinc as a natural support for your immune system. This nutrient is found in cells throughout your body, and knowing its effect on the body can help you better understand how to support a healthy immune system. So, how can you include zinc in your diet? It’s primarily found in meats, but if you’re looking for a plant-based option, consider a supplement—like the Nutrilite™ Immunity Defense. It’s made with a unique combination of five ingredients—holy basil, zinc, selenium, copper, and orange bioflavonoids.
Feeling like you need a little extra help to feel your best? Support your body during these times by providing it with the proper nutrients, including:
What is echinacea good for? It’s one of the most popular herbs worldwide. It should come as no surprise that one of the benefits of echinacea is immune protection. This nutrient is loaded with plant compounds that function as antioxidants. We know what you’re thinking—what does antioxidant mean? This term refers to compounds that can help support your body against agents that may cause harm to your cells. So, what do antioxidants do in the immune system? They can help fight substances that may weaken immunity. That’s why we recommend keeping a supplement in your back pocket for whenever you need it—like the Nutrilite™ Tri-Guard™ Echinacea. The proprietary, triple blend of extracts is clinically tested to support your body’s defense system. Best of all, there are no added artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, so you can feel even better about protecting your body.
When it comes to learning how to keep a healthy immune system, start with taking care of your overall well-being through consistent habits. This means getting plenty of sleep and regular exercise as well as managing your occasional stress. If you find that you occasionally struggle with getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night, consider taking a supplement (when needed) to help—like Nutrilite™ Sleep Health. The formula contains a proprietary blend for calming effects as well as the herb valerian, which may help promote sleep. Just think of it as a natural way to relax at the end of a busy day.
From building a foundation and staying prepared with natural protection to getting back on track and kickstarting healthy habits, immune protection can be in reach with a few additions to your daily routine. Find the right supplements to fit your lifestyle and learn how to have a healthy immune system that your body deserves.
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