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4 Surprising Ways to Support Your Immune System

Cuddle up on the sofa with your favourite houseplants, your furry friend and a tasty treat because strengthening your immune system just got fun!

We’ve all been told more times than we can count to eat our veggies, exercise and to reduce alcohol consumption to the point where we are all masters of health (most of the time). But our immune system is a complex system and one that also likes to have a good time - so here are our preferred immune supporting activities with the research to prove them.

Pets

Soft cuddles, sloppy kisses, wagging tails, adoring purrs and… immune support 🤔 …. yes you heard us right, your furry friend is more than a cuddly companion but may be good for your immune health too.

The science:

Pets carry their own microbiota and research shows they may even support your microbial diversity and build immunity. Children growing up with pets have been shown to have a lower risk of developing allergies. (1)

Our favourite pets:

All of them.

Houseplants

We’re obsessed with a little in-home greenery at Medlab HQ and are certain we aren’t the only ones, but did you know your plant babies are doing more than just adding gorgeous, glowing, green decor to your home? As if that wasn’t enough reason already, house plants are great for your immune system….

The science:

According to research, interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults. In the study, it was concluded that the suppression of sympathetic nervous system activity, caused by transplanting houseplants, promoted comfortable, soothed and natural feelings. (2)

When we are stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off invaders is reduced. Less stress equals better functioning immune system.

SEE it’s not an ‘addiction’ it’s an investment in your health *buys 3rd house plant of the week.

Our favourite houseplants:

To list a few…

  • Snake plant - hard to kill
  • Alocascia plant (green velvet) - beautiful texture
  • Monstera - fast growing

Immune smoothie bowl

Who said immunity had to be all garlic, ginger and green tea. There is more than one way to make a bed and we prefer the tasty way - introducing our delicious Immune-5 containing probiotics, prebiotics, Lactoferrin and Colostrum - all specifically selected to provide optimal immune support in an irresistible vanilla flavour which makes it perfect to add to treats, smoothies, yoghurt, the list goes on.

The science:

  • Probiotic specific species that enhance immune responses.
  • Prebiotic ResistAid a soluble fibre arabinogalactan that maintains immune function.
  • Lactoferrin is a natural protein in milk that has antimicrobial properties.
  • Colostrum has antibodies that activate and modulate the body’s immune defence processes.
  • Vanilla is… well… tasty 😋

Our favourite recipe:

Blue Vanilla Smoothie Bowl Recipe

  • 1 Banana, ripe frozen
  • 1/2 cup Berries,
  • 1 big pinch Pink sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp Spirulina, blue powder
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 scoop of Immune-5 vanilla
*Important: Do not blend, it might damage the probiotics, stir in or pulse powder after blending)

    Learn more about Immune-5 here.

    Laughter

    Laughter IS the best medicine. It lifts your mood, reduces pain, lessens the effects of stress and strengthens your immune system. But how?

    The science:

    Laughter stimulates and increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. (3)

    Laughter also releases dopamine and other feel-good chemicals in the brain, all of which can help decrease stress. And, as we touched on before, less stress equals better functioning immune system.

    Our favourite joke:

    I was reading a book on helium. I couldn’t put it down (He He He) 

    So what do you do...

    So what do you do if you don’t have a pet, can’t keep a houseplant alive and have a lacking sense of humour?...

    At least you’d still have the Blue Vanilla Smoothie Bowl 🤷🏽‍♀️

     

    References

    1. Salminen, S., Gibson, G. R., McCartney, A. L., & Isolauri, E. (2004). Influence of mode of delivery on gut microbiota composition in seven year old children. Gut, 53(9), 1388–1389.
    2. Lee, Ms., Lee, J., Park, BJ. et al. Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults: a randomized crossover study. J Physiol Anthropol 34, 21 (2015).
    3. Smith, M., & Delvin, D. (2001). Laughter: The Best Medicine. LibraPharm. 

     

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