Meditate for 20 minutes twice a day, exercise at least 30 minutes a day, avoid processed food, eat organic fruits and vegetables, spend more time outdoors and less inside, get enough sleep, don’t stress about things you can’t control, don’t argue, throw away your TV – these are the 9 main necessities for your immunity. And that includes your diet! Do you know what to eat for your immunity?
Nutrients for immunity
First of all, immunity requires calories! That is why low-calorie diets weaken the immune system from day 1. Another important nutrient is protein. Omitting lean meats, fish and dairy from the diet is also a blow to immunity. The effect of vitamins and minerals on the immune system was best described by a Nobel laureate – they are substances that make you ill if you don’t eat them! They may be tiny in terms of amounts, but they ensure proper functioning of the three main levels of the immune system – the defence abilities of the skin and mucous membranes, cellular immunity and the ability of immune cells to produce antibodies (1). A balanced immune system needs optimum doses of vitamins D, A, C, B6, folic acid and B12, as well as 4 minerals – selenium, zinc, iron and copper – throughout the year (2).
Immunity works in all seasons!
Only a slight deficiency of a single nutrient already weakens your immunity (3), therefore it is important to ingest all of these nutrients daily. It is a mistake to assume that immunity is important only in winter! Immunity works 24/7 throughout the year. If it is not up to its task, you feel it right away – skin health is affected (psoriasis is a result of immune misbalance), malignant tumours develop, hair and nails become fragile, cold sores appear. “People are rarely aware that all of these things point to weak immunity just as much as the common cold,” says immunologist Lauris Līcītis and goes on to emphasise that these ailments can affect you at any time of year, because “viral and bacterial diseases are no longer seasonal. Viruses loves us year-round! Even in nice and sunny weather when immunity is damaged by UV rays.”
Why does the immune system go hungry?
Immunologist Lauris Līcītis urges us to think a little about the quality of modern products and consider supplementing additional nutrients: “With the development of urbanisation, the amount of valuable nutrients in natural produce is falling catastrophically. You cannot eat the amount of apples or carrots necessary to obtain sufficient amounts of nutrients.” Even though products rich in all necessary micronutrients are available year-round, 35% of Europeans over the age of 50 suffer from a deficiency of one or more micronutrients needed for immunity! The immune response is significantly improved by supplementing a small dose of micronutrients (4).
LYL immunUP® – is the strongest support for your immunity available in Latvia.
LYL immunUP® is a unique combination of nutrients for immune vitality and reducing fatigue! The formula has been designed by Latvian specialists who have taken into consideration all the most typical challenges to the immune system for people living here. LYL immunUP is completely immune-oriented – it contains 100% natural vitamin C from acerola cherries, vitamins D3, A, B6, folic acid and B12; minerals – zinc, copper, selenium and iron. It also contains extracts of Echinacea, linden, garlic, ginger, rosemary and turmeric. These provide the body with increased defences.
Linda Šleziņa, certified nutritionist and Mg.sc.sal. in nutrition, notes: “You don’t need the whole periodic table for immunity. LYL immunUP® contains only the nutrients that studies have shown to be directly linked with the immune system. Another characteristic that differentiates LYL immunUP® is the fact that it contains the optimum dose of micronutrients for alleviating deficiencies, whilst not suppressing the immune system (5). Similar immunity boosting products contain nutrients that the immune system does not need, and furthermore they contain mega doses causing unnecessary strain on the body. Thirdly, LYL immunUP® contains natural vitamin C from acerola cherries, and a significant amount of vitamin D3, unlike many other products that tend to overlook D3. Furthermore, the well-known fact that ingredients are never isolated in products and are always part of a complex has been taken into account, therefore the LYL immunUP formula contains various natural plant extracts.”
The vitamins, minerals and plant extracts included in the LYL immunUP® formula cover such a broad field of responsibility, that LYL immunUP not only improves the functioning of the immune system, but also promotes the health of the nervous system, vision, bones and teeth, skin, hair and nails, cognitive and psychological function, as well as reproductive health.
- Selected vitamins and trace elements support immune function by strengthening epithelial barriers and cellular and humoral immune responses.Br J Nutr. 2007 Oct
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- Exercise, nutrition and immune function. J Sports Sci. 2004 Jan