Naturally boosting your immune system during winter
During our busy days we can easily forget to take care of ourselves. One essential element of ensuring that we can continue to tackle our busy days is a strong immune system. When our immune system is in tip-top condition, we probably don’t even notice it. Despite this, it is continually working away to protect us around the clock.
The main purpose of our immune system is to protect our body from viruses and bacteria. Without it, they’d have free reign and we’d be constantly falling ill. Our immune system works by recognising the difference between our body’s cells and alien cells, allowing it to destroy any that could be potentially harmful.
Therefore, it is vital that we keep our immune system in great working order so that we can stay as protected as possible. There are several ways we can do this: cut down on our alcohol intake, exercising regularly if we don’t already, and try to reduce our stress levels. We may notice that when we are stressed, we tend to get sick easier as stress plays an an important role in our immunity.
An amazing and natural way to help balance and reduce our stress is by using adaptogens. Adaptogens help to balance your internal system by controlling the highs and lows our body experiences. More technically, adaptogens focus on the two master control systems in our bodies; the HPA axis (hypothalamic, pituitary, adrenal axis) which controls our nervous system, immune system and hormone function, and our SAS (sympatho-adrenal system), which is our “fight or flight” response. In immunity terms, this means if the system is depressed, adaptogens enhance the immune response. If the immune system is overactive—i.e. with allergies—adaptogens help re-regulate the immune response, decreasing overactivity.
So of course we’ve taken full advantage of these powerful adaptogens, in this case specifically mushrooms to create 'Shroom Drops'. Our 'Shroom Drops' are a blend of five adaptogenic mushrooms designed to enhance our overall health by balancing our internal system and strengthening our immune system. Mushrooms have been used for their nutritional and healing support for thousands of years and they are one of the most studied food families. It has been shown that they have incredible health benefits for your brain, hormones and immune system.
Now we are not talking about the mushrooms you see on the shelf in the supermarket, although still great for your health. We are talking about mushrooms such as Agaricu blazei mushroom, Maitake mushroom, Reishi mushroom, Shiitake mushroom, Lions mane mushroom and Turkey tail mushroom. These have all been shown to support general health, promote healthy cellular function, improve immune function, support cardiovascular health, and help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. This impressive list of benefits is due in part to polysaccharides (a carbohydrate found in food) which strongly benefit the immune system, blood sugars, and cholesterol levels. These adaptogenic mushrooms are also amphoteric – which means that they harmonize whatever needs bringing into balance in your body systems. In other words, they quite literally help the body to ‘adapt’ itself depending on its physical and emotional needs.