The immune system — the catchall term for so many processes in our bodies — is vitally important to our health. It is perhaps best known for its ability to recognize bacteria, viruses, or anything else that appears foreign and harmful to our bodies and to send appropriate help (e.g. antibodies) in response.
We often think of the immune system as something we want to boost or maximize at all times, but it’s important to remember that an overactive immune system can wreak as much havoc on our bodies as an underactive one. Autoimmune conditions, for example, are situations when the immune system responds to perceived threats that are not threats at all.
There are many ways that we can support our immune system to respond appropriately to true threats. We’ve distilled down a few recommendations on how to better support your immune health from our Medical Advisory Board which includes experts across Western Medicine, Ayurveda, Hydration, Holistic Nutrition, and Herbalism.
At Agni, we expand our definition of ‘food’ to include nourishment of other kinds, such as experiences, habits, and thought patterns. According to the many disciplines we study, these impact our health just as much as the literal molecules we ingest. Here are a few non-food-related tips that we absolutely love for boosting immunity:
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As always, these tips work best in conjunction with eating high-quality, whole, fresh foods that you enjoy at regular times of day and striving for a healthy gut. Gut health (aka agni) is a critical underlying component of all forms of health and recovery, because it enables us to properly absorb and incorporate the nutrients our immune system needs to function optimally. For more about Agni’s food philosophy, check out What to eat to fuel your Agni.