Support your immunity

Support your immunity

Having a low immune system and catching colds, flu, virus’s  is very common, but there are ways of strengthening our systems to try and stop us feeling under the weather and fit and healthy all year round.

Research suggests that not having enough vitamin D could be a big factor in a low or weakened immune system. Unfortunately for us here in the UK it’s pretty dark for a lot of the year and this has resulted in 20% of the UK population getting insufficient sunlight to maintain vitamin D levels.

Another common trait linked to a low immunity is lack of sleep. Unfortunately for the majority of us life is quite hectic and the last thing on our to-do list is getting a good nights sleep, but in reality most of us wouldn’t turn down an extra hour or two in bed if it didn’t impact on other areas of life. If you’re feeling run down try to increas the amount of sleep your getting to around 8 hours a day.

It’s really important to make sure that we have enough down time to sleep, relax and unwind! Don’t be afraid to skip a coffee date and take an hour or so to yourself, in actual fact that would be twice as helpful as research suggests that too much caffeine can negatively effect our immune system.

There are ways of making our immune systems stronger, preventing us from getting poorly and generally improving our wellbeing! If you feel that your immune system is low, why not try taking an immunity boosting supplement? 

BestLyfe have put together a bundle including Iron, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc. The bundle provides well-rounded immunity support with a combination of vitamins which  promote DNA synthesis, energy metabolism and  healing.

Another way of boosting out immune levels is to take a good quality Probiotic everyday for 2-4 months. Research shows a link between weaknesses of the immune system and autoimmune diseases correlating to a probiotic deficiency.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant which helps to maintain a strong immune system, protecting cells from damage.. A 2013 study concluded that, ‘Vitamin C is an essential factor on the anti-viral immune responses through the production of interferon at the initial stage of the influenza virus infection’. In order to prevent and reduce symptoms flu, try combining all of 4 of our immunity support vitamins for the best result.

Taking supplements is no substitute for a healthy and varied diet and at BestLyfe we’re big advocates of nutritious and flavour filled recipes. If you’re feeling a tired and fancy something a bit different to the normal cheese ploughmans, why not try making our squash, lentil and coconut soup? Don’t forget a nice chunk of crusty sourdough!  All you need is :

  • 1tbsp olive oil
  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
  • 200g carrot, diced
  • 1 tbsp curry power containing turmeric
  • 100g red lentil
  • 700ml low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 1 can reduced-fat coconut milk
  • Coriander and sourdough bread to serve

It’s very simple to make, anyone can have a go! All you need to do is:

Step 1: Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the squash and carrots, sizzle for 1 min, then stir in the curry powder and cook for 1 min more. Tip in the lentils, the vegetable stock and coconut milk and give everything a good stir. Bring to the boil, then turn the heat down and simmer for 15-18 mins until everything is tender. 

Step 2: Using a hand blender or in a food processor, blitz until as smooth as you like. Season and serve scattered with roughly chopped coriander and some bread alongside. 

Bon appetite!