You’ve probably heard it a thousand times by now — “your body is constantly being attacked by disease-causing substances and organisms.”
And, yes, it’s true that when your immune system doesn’t function properly, some pretty crazy things can happen.
But it’s a whole lot more than just icky germs that get your immune system down - it’s all so much deeper, no matter who you are or where you’re from.
Like the vibe around you…
We’re talking about things that stress you out… the air you breathe and the water you drink — both the seen and unseen aspects of the world in which we live that have way more power than we know.
First, let’s dive into your stress levels.
It’s easy to be in a constant state of stress. There are the people in our lives and the way their energy penetrates the mind and body. The company’s we work for. The bills that have to be paid.
When the vibe around us is full of negativity, lack, “should haves” and regret, and fear-based thought processes, the mind and body tend to fall apart.
And the immune system?
Eventually, it becomes compromised.
Stress releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline — when your cortisol and adrenaline levels are too high for too long, this "fight or flight" nervous system activation wreaks havoc on your wellbeing.
Lymphocytes (white blood cells that fight off infection) decrease.
Sickness can easily sneak in.
Environmental factors are oh so real…
Did you know that an estimated 92 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with dangerous levels of air pollution?
According to the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, it was linked to the deaths of 6.1 million people in 2016 alone.
The gist of it is that unhealthy particles get into the lungs and confuses the body. It mistakes the particles for infection and unleashes an inflammatory response.
And if you dig deep in the science of inflammation, it’s simply the body’s way of repairing itself after injury or illness. But when parts of your body are constantly inflamed, harm or lingering suboptimal function occurs rather than healing, regeneration and restoration.
That’s what happens when you deal with things like autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis.
The body literally starts attacking itself due to a hyperactive, misdirected or uncontrolled immune system gone awry.
So, sometimes investing in an air purifier or rethinking where you live can really do wonders for your mind and body.
Think things like beautiful mountain air, clear running streams, and the sun shining on your brow.
And of course, what you put into your body matters.
If you’re concerned about keeping your defenses strong, it’s worth paying attention to your gut.
Things like sugar, saturated fat, red meat, and highly processed foods — they can all have an adverse effect on your immune system.
Enjoying too many of these types of foods can lead to systemic inflammation in the body.
Honestly, too much sugar or salt inspires bacterial and fungal infections. Those lingering bodily pests that leave you feeling itchy, exhausted, and blue.
In short, if you want a healthy gut and a strong immune system, you should be eating nutrient-rich foods (and those high in good ole fiber), which organisms in the colon feed off.
Sounds eerily gross, but it’s a fact of our existence.
And, yes, drinking too much alcohol can also wreak havoc on the body. It’s okay to have a glass of wine or a few beers here and there, but excessive alcohol consumption has been shown to weaken the immune response.
And finally, there’s sleep…
Stressful vibes, bad air and water, poor nutrients, and an inflamed (frustrated) body can leave you staring at the ceiling at night.
Sleep keeps the immune system singing beautiful songs — humming along.
When you’re sleeping, the body is busy working to combat infection and inflammation. The body renews itself.
On the other hand, irregular sleep patterns can lead to chronic inflammation and an overstressed, fragile immune system.
The sweet spot for a good night’s rest is between six to eight hours a night, and sticking to a regular bedtime and wake-up schedule is a must. That means avoiding screen time or late-night eating right before going to sleep.
The bottom line...
There is plenty of work to be done to care for our bodies. But, no, honestly… it doesn’t have to be work. Caring for ourselves is a gift, and when you get in the swing of it things become beautiful.
But, can you get a hand to support your immune system?
There are tons of supplements out there claiming to boost your immune system, but there are very few that REALLY get to the root of things like inflammation, cytokine wellness, immuno-modulation, immuno-resilience, gut-related inflammation, microbiome, lung-respiratory health and whole-body vitality… and do wonders to make you feel oh so alive.
While there’s no magic vitamin, there are micronutrients, phyto-nutrients and powerful ingredients that prime the body — especially if you’re doing things to “up your vibe.”
While there’s no magic vitamin that you can pop to automatically prevent every seasonal challenge, 23Vitals can bolster your immunity by strengthening all the key components of your immune response quickly and effectively.
It was created with pure love and true science — with the understanding that these 23 key nutrients address what our immune systems, minds and bodies are craving each and every day.
They are literally immuno-warriors and immuno-educators (that when coupled with your confidence and willingness to up your vibe) make nearly anything possible.