The human body is naturally equipped with defense against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it fails, and the reasons can be complex. While there’s no single health advice that can keep a near-perfect immune response, we can rely on one simple universal truth—balance is the key to everything.
Immunity is a system, and it relies on multiple functions to get the job done. Just like any system, balancing interdependent factors is important in achieving consistent outcomes.
Balance comes in physical and non-physical forms:
As an old adage says, too much of anything is bad. A balanced lifestyle is considered essential for health, satisfaction, and well-being. But in between work, home, social life, and other personal pursuits, balancing time and effort can sometimes seem impossible.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life, simple balancing acts can help improve the immune system:
• Exercise regularly for better blood circulation and distribution of immune cells
• Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily to support cancer-fighting immune cells
• A little sunshine daily for the vitamin D needed to regulate anti-microbial proteins
Psychological & emotional balance
Stress affects the immune system significantly. Psychological and emotional challenges trigger our body’s stress response, which can suppress and diminish immune function over time, leaving us susceptible to diseases and illnesses.
Stress is inevitable, but developing healthier ways to respond can be good for the immune system. Practicing relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, deep breathing, muscle relaxation, or mental imagery can help preserve your state of balance in the face of stressors.
Eat healthy, that’s what they say. But is that enough?
A healthy immune system needs regular nourishment of both macronutrients and micronutrients. While regular daily meals can help sustain proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, there are gaps in vitamins and minerals that we need to fill in. Such micronutrients cannot be manufactured in sufficient amounts by our body, and failing to secure the right levels (not lacking or excessive) can impair our immune response.
For stronger immunity:
• Indulge in a variety of healthy foods instead of eating the same food frequently
• Get a micronutrient test to check if you’re lacking or exceeding certain vitamins and minerals
• Consult a nutritionist for a supplementation plan designed for your exact nutritional needs
To check if your micronutrients are at the optimal levels of strong immunity, try any of these nutrient tests:
Immun Trio Test
Measure the trinity of strong immunity to protect from pathogens and infectious agents:
Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc
Php 7,800 | Learn more
Immuno Nutrient Test
Get the health confidence you need with an accurate assessment of 16 micronutrients:
Vitamins C, D, A, E, B9, B12, K
Minerals such as Zinc, Selenium, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Chromium, Ferritin, Sodium, and Potassium
Php 18,625 | Learn more
Both tests come with a free Nutritionist consultation for lifestyle and supplementation advice. Consultations can be held online or face-to-face.
No immune system is perfect. But with balanced lifestyle, disposition, and nutrients, we can help our body perform at its best, especially in times of need.