In a way, our immune system is a thankless bodily system. We rely on it for so much yet we all too often neglect it until we’re already run down and sick.
Up until recently, immune support supplements were less of a mainstream idea and not among the most popular supplement options out there. Many even incorrectly assumed that only the elderly or people with preexisting conditions needed to focus on immune system maintenance.
Long-term immune support is essential for everyone, no matter your age, background, or circumstances.
This previously common misconception has led so many of us to push through overly hectic schedules and assume that sleepless nights, unhealthy binges, and high levels of stress wouldn’t push our body’s natural defenses over the edge.
With everything going on in the world, we’ve all been thinking more and more about how to keep our immune systems strong. And with good reason!
We truly never know what life is going to throw our way... and this reminder is exactly the reason why immune support should be a daily part of any wellness routine.
Waiting until we’re already sick and exhausted is not the answer. There is a better, more proactive way!
Our immune system is our primary line of defense against dangerous pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful substances. When damaged, we are left incredibly vulnerable and more susceptible to illnesses of all kinds.
As a small silver lining in an otherwise terrible situation, we now know that we have the power to nurture and strengthen our immune systems and maintain them as strong and well-functioning as humanely possible.
We’ve also seen a huge resurgence in immune-boosting supplements popping up just about everywhere we look lately. In many ways, it’s wonderful to have a number of different options to choose from.
On the other hand, challenging circumstances have made immune support somewhat of a “trendy” hot topic in the wellness world, and has unfortunately led to a heavy stream of misinformation and gimmicky ingredients promising unrealistic results with little to no clinical backing.
The immune system is a complex bodily system that requires a healthy balance of foundational vitamins and minerals, hydration, adequate sleep, stress management, proper diet, and more. There is no single 'magic solution' that will heal a weak immune system overnight.
Immune support is a long but steady marathon, rather than a sprint.
Trendy products with suspicious celebrity endorsements that promise quick, overnight bursts in immunity are misleading, as well as products that lack proper clinical backing or adequate third party safety testing.
A strong immune system is like the bouncer at a nightclub, deciding who gets in and who gets kicked out. It’s absolutely essential to staying healthy and although there is no quick fix to repair it, there are certainly effective supplements that can have hugely positive benefits when taken consistently.
In a time when we are already so vulnerable, it can be easy to be lured into misleading marketing tactics and experience information overload when trying to sort through all the information and options now available on the market.
So what can we do to avoid falling victim to unrealistic or false immune boosting ploys? In one word: Knowledge! Knowledge is power and it's especially valuable during these unprecedented times.
There are a handful of very common immunity myths that nutrition and medical experts desperately wish we would all stop believing.
That's why we've compiled just six of the most common immune-boosting myths as a great place to start! This way, you can choose an immune-supporting supplement that works together with a healthy lifestyle to truly keep you healthy, strong, and balanced.
6 Common Immune Boosting Myths
#1: I can eat anything I want if I’m taking supplements
It’s safe to say that we all wish there was a ‘magic pill’ that would miraculously help us lose weight, feel healthier, and supercharge our immune defenses overnight.
Unfortunately, this is sadly not the case and an unhealthy diet will still cause damage to your immune system over time regardless of how many supplements you are taking.
Supplements are accurately named for their ability to powerfully “supplement” your health and act as somewhat of a ‘nutritional safety net,’ and not replace an unhealthy lifestyle.
None of us follow a perfect diet all the time, but placing some focus on getting as many vitamins and minerals as we can plays a big role in how effectively our supplements are absorbed and how quickly we see results.
#2: A daily multivitamin is the only supplement I need to stay healthy
This one is highly debatable but mostly false. A daily multivitamin is a great option for those looking to help prevent nutritional deficiencies and fill in any gaps in their diet.
However, most multivitamins are not specifically targeted to support the immune system with dosages of specific vitamins and minerals most important to strong immunity. Most multivitamins also do not include essential elements such as probiotics, another incredibly important part of immune support.
What many people don’t know is that the gut provides the foundation for a healthy immune system and is the cornerstone for optimal health.
Since more than 70% of your immune systems cells are produced in your gut, no immune-boosting routine would be complete without a supplement that also includes diverse probiotic strains targeted especially for immunity.
Fermented foods containing beneficial bacteria, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, and yogurt can also be beneficial additions to an immune-boosting diet. However, in order to reap the full benefits, a diverse strain synbiotic (pre + probiotics) is absolutely a must-have when it comes to keeping your defenses high.
That's why we’ve included revolutionary patented CoreBiome® ‘postbiotics’ in our brand new Primal Gut Restore formula to take gut health to a whole new level.
To learn more about this exciting advancement in gut health, check out this article here: “The Future of Probiotics.”
#3: Guzzling down 10 vitamin C packets each day will supercharge my immune system
When it comes to staying healthy, it’s important to remember that the immune system is a complex system that functions best when balanced within a certain optimal range.
In other words, it IS possible to go overboard in your immune-boosting efforts and more doesn’t always necessarily mean better.
There’s no denying that vitamin C is an important part of any immune support supplement. After all, it’s not called the “immunity vitamin” for nothing! Vitamin C delivers powerful antioxidant properties that support white blood cells in their fight against harmful viruses and foreign invaders, as well as a number of other functions.
But many studies have shown that pumping excessive amounts of vitamin C into your system doesn't make the vitamin any more effective when it comes to staying healthy.
In fact, these megadoses may actually be counterproductive, since the body can only absorb a few hundred milligrams at a time.
#4: Consuming a lot of one superfood alone can boost my immunity
The term ‘superfood’ has become hugely popular in recent years. Believed to be nutritionally superior to most other food choices, some superfoods are now being marketed as a ‘cure-all’ for complete immune support.
But although superfoods can be smart diet choices for nutritional support, it’s misleading to believe that any one food alone can provide your immune system with everything it needs to function optimally.
Instead of focusing on any one trendy superfood, it’s better to add plenty of foods rich in the vitamins and minerals clinically proven to boost immunity.
This includes dietary choices such as citrus fruits, red pepper, carrots, garlic, and immune support supplements including vitamins C, D3, B6, E, A, zinc, iron, selenium, and magnesium.
By focusing on the big picture, you’re guaranteed to give your immune system the nutrition it needs most. And if you're worried you may be lacking in nutrition, a quality green powder like our Primal Greens can help fill in the gaps!
#5: Everyone should be consuming trendy medicinal herbs like echinacea, elderberry, and reishi. They are great for anyone!
Medicinal herbs such as reishi, elderberry, and echinacea have become widely popular lately and unfortunately have also been portrayed in a number of misleading ways.
Be weary of any products that promise immediate immunity ‘super boosts’ to anyone, regardless of their age, background, or medical history.
Herbal medicines have indeed been used throughout history and can offer many health benefits when used correctly, but they are not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach and may not be suitable for everyone.
Certain individuals with preexisting medical conditions may not be well-suited to some of these herbs, such as those with autoimmune diseases.
It’s always best to consult with a physician when it comes to herbal medicines to see if they may be a good fit for your needs, but it’s misleading to say that everybody should be taking these herbs for stronger immunity.
Similarly, these herbal medicines should never be relied upon as the sole source of immune support, at the expense of ignoring foundational immune-supporting vitamins and minerals.
#6: I was born with a strong immune system so I don’t need to worry about immune health.
Those of us lucky enough to not get sick very often are not exempt from the importance of long-term immune support, as much as we may wish it were the case.
As we age, our immune systems continually grow weaker and more susceptible to illness and disease, and unfortunately none of us are immune to the natural aging process.
Although it may be true that certain individuals are considered more ‘high risk’ than others, such as the elderly or those with preexisting conditions, maintaining a healthy lifestyle is essential for everyone.
Eating poorly or neglecting sleep and stress management will, among other factors, catch up to any individual after enough time.
That’s why a healthy lifestyle, along with high-quality immune support supplements, is critically important for anyone wanting to feel their best and continue living an active, happy life well into old age.
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