Now, more than ever, we’re thinking about immunity. With a couple of months of restricted living under our belts, we’ve likely been not as exposed as we normally are to all the small bugs in nature, and from each other, that help build our immunity slowly over time.
So, a helping hand as we head into summer is always a good idea. We don’t want hot girl summer to be hamstrung by a niggly cold.
Because we love an all-rounder, we’re looking to some Eve favourites to show how, in addition to their usual jobs of supporting our hormones, periods, mood, microbiomes, and energy levels - these three daily supps can also boost our immunity and get us prepped and ready for the outside world.
Take Me With The Pill
Nutrient levels are probably numero uno when it comes to good immunity. And when we’re on hormonal contraception, we need more nutrients in our lives.
This is because the synthetic hormones from our birth control deplete us of certain key vits and minerals. So, taking a super multi-vitamin - like Take Me With The Pill - is recommended. Even the World Health Organisation agrees!
3 key immunity nutrients to look out for are:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin A
These three are all classed as ‘essential vitamins’ which means we need them but we can’t make them ourselves or store them. One of life’s weird glitches in the matrix.
Vitamin D controls our immune response, while vitamin A enhances immune function, and vitamin E modulates immune function.
The minerals zinc and selenium are also immunity stars.
Zinc’s role is a little more combat-focused as it helps the immune system fight off bacteria and viruses. Selenium is an antioxidant and helps lower oxidative stress. What a team!
This energy-giving coffee alternative is loaded with B vitamins which is why it helps us hop, instead of roll, out of the bed in the morning. B vits also happen to be immunity heroes.
- Vitamin B6 is in charge of keeping the immune system strong, making new red blood cells, and transporting oxygen throughout the body.
- Vitamin B12 plays a fundamental role in thebody’s production of red blood cells, which forms a super important part of your body’s immune response and ability to battle off baddies like viruses and bugs.
Furthermore, Morning Person’s hero ingredient, Panax Ginseng, is a herbal adaptogen of many talents. Not only does it deliver a flat-white-sized energy boost, it also helps modulate your immune system.
Lots of different types of cells make up our clever immune systems, and studies suggest that Ginseng can help to up-or downregulate each of these as the body seesfit to stay healthy. Therefore, Ginseng is an immunity pal you’ll really want in your corner.
Queen V is our go-to probiotic for two of our key microbiomes: our gut microbiome and our vaginal microbiome.
You may not be surprised to learn there’s a really strong link between gut health and immunity - in fact, 80% of our immune system is stored in our gut.
Research around L. rhamnosus HN001 (the hero ingredient in Queen V) shows that this clever strain can support immunity and, as a bonus, if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding can support your wee one’s immunity too!
We need a good balance of good bacteria in our gut so that the bad guys can’t take over. When this happens it leads to all sorts of other things like thrush, cravings, and, of course, poor immunity.
So what’s the main takeaway? Well, if you’re already taking these supps then the answer is keep doing what you’re doing! These heavy-hitters are true all-rounders and support every part of our body, its immune function, its hormone function, and our mental wellbeing.
If they’re not a part of your daily routine then we really recommend giving one a go. Start small by choosing which addresses what you need right now (we've got a quiz for that here) or bundle them up for multi-pronged support. You can't go wrong.