January 16, 2020
During the winter season, your immune system will be tested by weather conditions, interactions with other people and also your own life habits. Your constitution depends on how strong your immune system can fend off would-be attackers on your body. As we are now gearing up for the peak of flu season, here are some tips to boost your immunity for the coming period.
Your immune system is a network of many types of cells, organs, proteins and tissues designed to prevent foreign substances from entering your body or fight illnesses when you do get sick. Think of the immune system as a sophisticated alarm for your body. Whereas white blood cells, macrophages, B and T cells all act like security guards roaming the compound of your body. Your thymus, spleen, lymph nodes and bone marrow are key organs for your white blood cells and other defensive cells to exist and effectively patrol your body.
Your security guards will know if there’s an intruder in your body through antigens, otherwise known as human leukocyte antigens (HLA). Think of antigens as the bouncers of your body as they tag each and every one of your cells. Therefore, any foreign cells will be put on alert and your body’s defense system will activate.
Let’s say a pathogen, like a virus or bacteria, manages to enter your body. It will then trigger a response from your immune system because those pathogens will not have the correct antigen markers to be considered part of your body. Once your body knows that it’s being invaded, then a series of cells will start to repel the invasion.
First, phagocytes will try to surround and breakdown the foreign cells. If the first wave fails, basophils and mast cells will surround the infected area of your body (causing inflammation) to prevent the invasion from spreading. Then if all else fails, your immune system will send in lymphocytes, being antibody producing B cells and killer T cells. Think of them as a search-and-destroy squad to destroy compromised cells in your body.
Your immune system is very adaptive, meaning it learns and grow over time. Immunity comes in the form of innate and acquired immunity. Innate immunity is something we are all born of. Whereas acquired immunity initially comes from antibodies you get from your mother in the womb. Acquired immunity builds up a library of antibodies to different pathogens (foriegn invaders) as we get exposed to more and more diseases or when we get vaccinated.
Just like any part of our body, our immune system can be strengthened or weakened dependant on our lifestyle choices. A combination of sleep deprivation, stress, lack of physical exercise, and poor food choices will lead your immune system to work overtime and eventually weaken. Here are ways you can boost your immune system naturally and through supplemental means.
If you live in favorable weather conditions, then regularly exposing yourself to the sun can boost your vitamin D levels. Sunlight is also known to boost your serotonin levels which will give you more energy and helps with depression in extreme cases.
Sweat it out in a sauna from time to time. Raising your body temperature helps to remove any toxins in your body, improves the health of your white blood cells and makes it harder for bacteria and viruses to survive. Sweating it out through physical exercise can also help to detox your body.
Adopting certain foods into your eating habits can go a long way to boosting your immune system as well. There’s actually more food choices than you may think that will help your immune system, but we want to tell you about a specific food type that may not have been on your radar. Let’s talk about the benefits of mushrooms and fungus’.
Mushrooms are high in selenium and B vitamins, like riboflavin and niacin, which are key for your immune system to work in prime condition. Selenium is an antioxidant that helps protect your body from damaging free radicals. In a vast family of mushrooms there can only be one queen of mushrooms, of course we’re talking about the Ganoderma Lucidum.
Ganoderma lucidum is a fungus that originates from China, Japan and other Asian countries. Ganoderma lucidum, also known as Lingzhi or Reishi, has unique pharmaceutical qualities on top of its nutritional assets. The practice of using Reishi as a medicinal mushroom has been adopted for more than 2,000 years in China.
Reishi mushrooms are known to boost your immune system by way of its antioxidant properties, it cuts down on inflammation and strengthen your white blood cells among its many other medicinal qualities.
Due to the unique climate conditions and time it takes to grow and harvest G. lucidum, they are hard to obtain through just your weekly grocery runs. However, you can acquire reishi in the form of powders, dietary supplements and tea. You can expand your knowledge about reishi mushrooms here.
Introducing YiJia’s MIRIKEL Reishi Spore Powder. It’s the perfect way to supercharge your immune system. We used an advanced cryogenic shell-breaking technology to achieve 99% breakage of Red Reishi shells. This means that you will be able to absorb the benefits of reishi extract to its maximum potential.
Also incorporated in our Reishi Spore Powder is echinacea extract. Echinacea extract is effective in combating the flu and colds. It also has immune-modulating agents, such as polysaccharides, glycoproteins and caffeic acid derivatives, to further support your immune system.
The red reishi and echinacea extract are both encapsulated in 100% vegetarian capsule materials. These capsules are better suited for herbs, vitamins, supplements and powders and they are easily broken down in your dietary system for the nutrients inside to be fast absorbed by your body.
Your immune system is constantly hard at work for you and your body. At its core, your immune system prevents you from getting sick but it ultimately dictates your quality of life. So don’t neglect your immune system by adopting healthy habits as well as give your immunity the nourishment and tools to take on any attackers. Enjoy our MIRIKEL Reishi Spore Powder and have a freishi start of a healthy life!