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5 Ways to Support Your Immune System This Winter

When flu season comes around and everybody starts talking about it, it's easy to feel a little worried. While loading up with tissue boxes means you get to build a tissue box fort this weekend, it doesn't reduce your risk of coming down with something unpleasant. 

Luckily, we were all born with an incredibly effective barrier to pathogens. Our immune systems. 

Your immune system is your internal personal army and, when it works as it should, it makes Chuck Norris look like a pre-schooler. There are parts of modern life though that undermine the immune system's amazing power. Stress, poor diet and lack of sleep all send the immune system into a downward spiral. 

To stay healthy and reduce your risk of catching the flu or anything else this season, it's your immune system you need to bolster, not your tissue box supplies. 

Read on to see why taking an immune supplement is a great way to support wellbeing and your immune system.

Why an Immune Supplement Can Get You Prepared for Flu Season

While some people suffer from conditions which weaken their immune systems, many of us have the power to maintain a healthy immune system. Unfortunately, it's not something we prioritise in modern society. 

To keep your immune system strong and doing its job properly, you need to optimise these things:

  • Sleep
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Stress reduction 

The immune system requires enough sleep to stay strong and on the lookout for invading pathogens. Not just any old sleep either, but good quality sleep. That means falling asleep on the sofa after one too many glasses of wine isn't quite what your immune system had in mind. 

Stress and poor diet also prevent the immune system from flexing its muscles. When you experience psychological stress, it suppresses the anti-inflammatory abilities of your immune system. Chronic stress prevents your immune system from communicating with other systems and this can have sweeping negative effects. 

Even if you sleep well, eat a healthy diet and meditate for an hour every day, you might still need to give your immune system a boost. This is because it comes into contact with physical and mental stressors every day and needs looking after as well as possible. As it's constantly fighting pathogens that may never get to the symptom stage, it can be hard to see just how hard the immune system is working all day long.

Immune-5's Amazing Ingredients

Taking care of your immune system is an easy win. There is nothing more powerful than the capabilities of your immune system and for many illnesses, doctors even work to make patients comfortable while they wait for their immune systems to do the hard work. 

With a weakened immune system, your risk of catching anything is greatly increased and recovery can take longer. To keep your immune system strong and ready to fight, you can take an immune-boosting supplement. Our Immune-5 is specifically designed to make your immune system feel like Arnie when he won the Mr. Olympia title in 1970. 

To do this, it contains a mixture of powerful ingredients and these are the reasons Immune-5 rocks. 

1. Colostrum

It doesn't have the world's most attractive name but this substance has more immune-boosting nutrients in it than you can count on two hands. All mammals produce colostrum and in supplements it's most often acquired from cows as a part of the existing dairy industry. 

Colostrum contains proteins specifically designed to fight disease as it's primarily consumed by newborns who need extra protection. It's also full of vitamins and growth factors that support the immune system and aid recovery

The top highlights of colostrum's impressive CV are that it also contains lactoferrin and IgG antibodies.

2. Lactoferrin

It might not be the most talked-about protein but lactoferrin is a powerful part of the immune system. One of its primary jobs is to bind with iron and transport it around the body but that's just the tip of the iceberg.

Lactoferrin is the protein that rocks up to the pathogen party and shuts it down. It destabilises the membranes of nasty microbes, stops them from reproducing and either kills them or escorts them off the premises.  

If that wasn't enough, it also plays a protective role against viral infections. That means it's rather useful when it comes to the flu. 

3. IgG

IgG sounds more like a rapper than a functioning part of the immune system. In reality, it's more like the guy in a movie who intercepts a handbag-thief, rugby tackles him to the ground and then shouts to the police, 'he's here! I got him!'

The most common antibody in your bloodstream, IgG binds viruses, bacteria and anything else that shouldn't be resident. It hunts these invaders down and signals to other immune cells to come and kill what it caught. It really is like an internal police chase.

IgG is found in colostrum and aside from all its other gold medal abilities, studies show it can help prevent upper respiratory tract infections. 

4. Larix Arabinogalactan

Okay, we know this sounds like it should come from Star Wars but it's a real thing, promise. Larix arabinogalactan is a fibre that comes from larch trees. Hey, we didn't say it sounded logical. 

Humans have been taking this fibre for thousands of years and it's known to enhance the immune system's production of killer cells. These are the cells that go around eliminating pathogens so a high level of them makes for a strong immune system. It's also a prebiotic, which is the favourite foodstuff of probiotics. 

5. Probiotics

Immune-5 contains the probiotics Bifidobacterium animalis and Lactobacillus paracasei. Probiotics are live bacteria that create a healthy gut microbiome. Probiotics are essential to a strong immune system as they support its work and prevent pathogenic bacteria from taking up residence in the gut. 

Probiotics are a transient bunch and stress, environmental factors and antibiotics can wash them out of your system, leaving room for unfriendly bacteria to grow in their place. Taking probiotics as part of your immune supplementation is an easy way to keep your probiotic community strong. 

Forget Stocking up on Tissue Boxes and Stock up Your Immune System Instead

We're not saying don't have a good supply of tissue boxes at home, that's always a sensible idea. We are saying that looking after your immune system is one of the best ways to avoid getting ill in the first place. A strong immune system will also fight infections faster and more efficiently, reducing the time you're ill. 

You can give your immune system the strength it needs by sleeping well, eating well and taking a supplement like Immune-5. This immune-boosting supplement contains five powerful ingredients that are critical to the function of your immune system. By giving it a helping hand, it'll have the tools it needs to hunt down pathogens and show them the door. 

Check out our Immune-5 supplement and get your immune system in top health for this flu season.

This article does not a represent a product description, nor a summary of therapeutic indications of any of Medlab’s products. If you are interested in a Medlab product, please read the product label or the product information published in the product section shop.medlab.co prior to purchase. If you are unsure whether a product is right for you, please talk to a healthcare professional.

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