Boost your gut health for a stronger immunity
With the Coronavirus now an ever-present reality, it is now more important than ever to protect your health and strengthen your immune system. Simple lifestyle changes such as the reduction of stress, regular and sufficient sleep and exercise create the backdrop for a balanced body, and sensible dietary changes remain critical to flourishing physicality.
Digestive health is key to optimal wellbeing and reducing one’s vulnerability to potential illness, making the maintenance of a healthy gut in this time of COVID-19 an easy way to fortify oneself against the disease.
Your gut and your immune system are very closely linked, with 70 percent of your immune cells living in your digestive tract. Your gut is also in charge of many important functions in your body, continuously working to break down food, absorb nutrients, keep out toxins and produce nutrients. For optimal wellbeing, immunity, detoxification and nourishment, your gut must function seamlessly.
How to strengthen immunity through gut health
The foundation of good gut health begins with what you eat. Research has revealed that a diet rich in whole, unprocessed foods will encourage the growth of good bacteria in the gut, helping to establish a strong immune system. Focus on fiber-rich vegetables, low-sugar fruits, non-gluten grain and legumes.
Furthermore, research suggests that probiotics support a strong gut microbiome. Fermented foods are a natural source of probiotics and consuming them regularly has been found to assist in improving gut health as part of a balanced diet.
Steps that can improve gut-related immunity include:
Eating probiotic foods, such as fermented foods.
Increasing fibre intake through whole foods.
Increasing Omega-3 fatty acids and decreasing the levels of Omega-6 in the diet.
Moderate amounts of exercise.
Lowering stress levels.
One super immune system booster is Happy Culture kombucha - which offers an easily accessible way to build on this and boost immunity in enjoyed as part of your daily dietary regime. This probiotic-rich, delicious, tasty, effervescent fermented tea is available in a range of flavours, infused with natural ingredients such as cold pressed ginger, cold pressed cucumber, natural teas, extracts, juices and spices. The brews are passionately handcrafted in the Cape Winelands using only mineral water, organic green tea and natural ingredients.
This nourishing fermented green tea’s beneficial properties include not only those awesome gut-loving probiotics, but also organic acids, antioxidants, vitamins and digestive enzymes, which together work to improve digestion and gut flora, boost immunity and vitality, and balance and detoxify the body.
Many people who become infected with COVID-19 experience only mild illness and recover, but unfortunately this is not the case for everyone, with those having low immune systems being at most risk. No-one is exempt from transmission, so safeguarding one’s health by boosting immunity is of utmost importance. Stocking up on these goodness-filled products is an easy way for parents to offer their families with extra protection while enjoying delicious refreshment and natural invigoration.
Happy Culture kombucha is available nationwide at Pick ’n Pay stores and Wellness Warehouses as well as select Spars, Food Lovers Markets and a whole range of delis and health stores.