This way you keep your immune system strong in the coming months

Do you feel like you are catching a cold again and again, while others get through the winter without any difficulty? Maybe it's time to give your immune system a helping hand.

We are often extra alert to our resistance during the winter, when colds and flu lurk around every corner. But did you know that your immune system is hard at work all year round? Whether it's fighting off a nasty flu virus or an unexpected infection, your body is constantly trying to protect you.

How does the immune system work?
The immune system is your body's natural defense system. It is an intricate network of cells, tissues and organs that work together to defend your body against invaders. Those invaders can be bacteria, viruses, parasites, even fungi, all with the potential to make us sick. They are everywhere - in our homes, offices and backyards. A healthy immune system protects us by first creating a barrier that stops these invaders or antigens from entering the body.

If an antigen does slip past the barrier, the immune system produces white blood cells and other chemicals and proteins that attack and destroy these foreign substances. They try to find the antigen and get rid of it before it can multiply. If that fails, the immune system speeds up even more to destroy the invaders as they multiply.

How can you build a healthy immune system?
There are many simple, everyday habits you can adopt to naturally strengthen your immune system and support your health. Below are some tips for stronger long-term immunity.

Go for a walk

Walking is not only a great way to get your body moving, but it can also give your immune system a big boost. Research has shown that regular walking can boost your immune function.

Although scientists do not yet understand exactly how this process works, it is clear that people who walk regularly often have better functioning white blood cells. These are crucial in fighting infections. Additionally, walking promotes the release of endorphins, natural hormones that improve your mood, relieve pain and promote relaxation.

Eat healthy

Good nutrition is essential for a well-functioning immune system. A diet full of empty calories not only leads to weight gain, but can also make you more susceptible to infections.

A diet rich in antioxidants and vitamins, on the other hand, can increase resistance to infections. Think of food in color: dark green, red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables are packed with antioxidants. Try berries, citrus fruits, kiwi, apples, red grapes, kale, onions, spinach, sweet potatoes and carrots.

Get enough sleep

Regular bouts of insomnia can not only make you feel tired during the day, but also make you susceptible to illness. Such as colds, flu and other infections. In the long term, poor sleep has also been shown to increase the risk of other health problems, including obesity and diabetes.

The body uses sleep as a way to heal itself. When we don't get enough sleep - or don't reach the deeper stages of sleep - the healing process is disrupted. Therefore, try to sleep at least 7 hours a night so that you create increased resistance to infectious diseases.

Try to manage your stress

Stress can have a major impact on our health, but fortunately there are simple ways to deal with it. Try to take some time every day for relaxation, such as meditation or a quiet walk. Find activities that bring you pleasure and provide distraction. Talk to friends or family members about what's bothering you. By managing stress, you can strengthen your immune system and improve your overall well-being.

Give your body what it needs

Winter is coming, and that means we need to take extra precautions to support our immune system. Due to the changes in the weather and your daily routine during the autumn and winter months, your body does not receive enough vitamins and minerals to properly support your immune system. Supplements can be an indispensable addition to fill deficiencies in your body. At Metis we have developed Winter Essentials, an all-in-1 supplement that supports the normal functioning of your immune system, giving you better protection against colds and flu. It helps your body replenish deficiencies, such as the most common Vitamin D deficiency.

Of course you want your immune system to continue to protect you every month against annoying ailments and other dangers. That is why it is also possible to take out a subscription to our Winter Essentials at Metis, so you can be sure that you continue to support your body every month.

Pharmacist Dirk
Founder Metis Supplements

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