Your immune system is your primary defence against infection from all kinds of pathogens that can make you sick.
When your immune system is not functioning optimally, even infections that would normally not have much of an impact on you, suddenly have a foothold to make you ill.
Many myths are flying around regarding how to maintain your immune system in tip-top condition, and many products and superfoods are touted to be immune boosters.
Essentially, the health of your immune system is intricately linked to your general health and well-being, so maintaining a healthy lifestyle will keep your immune system healthy.
What does a healthy lifestyle look like?
A healthy lifestyle consists of a few essential components:
- A healthy, balanced diet comprised of all the major food groups, including an adequate amount of fresh fruit and vegetables, of which a large part should preferably be eaten raw. Such a diet limits the intake of simple sugars, refined carbohydrates, and trans fats and includes drinking an adequate amount of water per day (roughly five to eight glasses).
- Moderate physical activity, appropriate to your age, activity level, weight, and fitness. Exercise is important for cardiovascular health and stress management.
- Enough quality sleep.
- A healthy work/life balance. To stay healthy, those with a hectic work life should find ways to manage stress, as stress can negatively affect the immune system. Take on a new hobby, learn to meditate, enjoy some family time, or go for walks in nature. A regular weekend break can also help manage stress.
- Unhealthy relationships with those around us, like spouses, children, colleagues can affect our quality of life. Invest in healthy relationships, and avoid those that bring you down.
Ideally, we should get all the nutritional building blocks of a healthy immune system from our diets. Unfortunately, nowadays our diets often don't provide everything we need for our body’s wellbeing.
This can be due to a simple lack of self-discipline (which we are all sometimes guilty of), but it is also due to modern food production methods and the wide use of chemicals, which can affect the nutritional value of foods we eat.
To supplement our diets, and thereby maintain our immune system, it might be a good idea to take a nutritional supplement.
Vascafem is such a supplement. It is a natural herbal product, developed specifically for women. It contains a targeted combination of natural ingredients like Ginkgo biloba, Hawthorn, and kelp that may improve your immune system and your circulatory system. It also contains essential calcium and Vit B6, vital for combating osteoporosis.