It is never too late to support the body’s innate ability to heal itself, and as we continue to navigate the choppy waters of the COVID-19 storm, optimizing immune function should be one of our primary goals. A strong and balanced immune system is vital in defending ourselves against a variety of pathogens, and can aid in preventing the development of autoimmune disorders.
A first step in creating the foundation of a strong immune system is to reduce environmental toxic substances, also known as immunotoxicants. Many of the substances used in the production of furniture, cars, conventional foods, personal care products, and cleaning products are disruptive to the endocrine system, negatively impact immunity, and are known carcinogens. Limiting exposure to these toxic substances lays a solid groundwork for building immunity.
The Importance of the Microbiota
Next, we turn to the microbiota, a collection and community of incredibly important organisms that reside in our intestines. Microbiota are key players in maintaining our immune system. Microbiota can be adversely impacted by antibiotics, which we may be exposed to in a variety of forms. In addition to prescribed pharmaceuticals, antibiotics can also be found in meat from animals given antibiotics, and pesticides, like the herbicide Glyphosate.