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supplements can have negative side effects on the body. They can create an acidic environment when consumed in large amounts which can increase the chance of cavities. Lastly, do not mistake fruit juice as an adequate source of Vitamin-C. These juices are typically loaded with high amounts of sugar that will create a negative effect on immunity. Feel like drinking some orange juice? Do so in small amounts and never drink a full glass in one day thinking you can increase the dose for greater effect. A little side note on the effects of citrus fragrance on immune function and depression. States of depression wreak havoc on our immune system, causing the body to be stressed and therefore releasing stress hormones throughout the body. The primary steroid hormone is cortisol, and if it suppresses many bodily functions over a longer periods of time it will negatively affect ones immunity. Scientist have found that citrus, not only ingested, but just its fragrance can cause the body to become relaxed even under elevated levels of stress.

PROBIOTICS While the skin being a barrier keeping things out, the gut is the most active site of your immune system as it has to filter every little substance that you ingest. Keeping a healthy gut means keeping a healthy immunity. The gastrointestinal tract (GI) needs help to properly break down and digest foods to maximise its potential of ingestion. It does this by using probiotics. These can be found over the counter at your local chemist or from fermented foods such as hot sauces, kombucha, and plain yogurts (no sugar added). Adding these to your diet will help set in place obligate anaerobes into the gut where they will live and thrive thus contributing to increase your overall immunity.

REDUCE THE SUGAR Last but not least, reduce your sugar intake. People commonly mistaken that their body needs sugar to adequately function. While this may sound true it is very misleading. The body requires sugar as glucose to use as a reliable energy source. It has multiple biological processes that can create this carbon chain and does so by the foods you eat. So having a properly balanced diet will create the right environment to result in the body preforming as needed. Viruses, cancers, diseases, and other pathogens all thrive off the intake of sugar, so when you are sick or trying to keep from being sick, cut out foods with high amounts of sugar from your daily food consumption and your immunity will kick into gear as needed. It has a hard time combating illnesses when a large intake of sugars are being put through the body.

CONCLUSION The body’s immune system is at a constant battle against the entire world in which you move around in, so it’s important to give it its best fighting chance. From your tooth brush, door knobs, your car, and even your bed, your immune system never sleeps. Consuming a higher amount of these immunity boosters can be the extra encouragement your body needs to prevent fatigue and illness. Test your diet and try to consume different immunity boosters to see the effects they have on your own body. As always, everyone’s body reacts differently to consumption of different things, so it’s best to start with small changes and even consult your doctor if you’re concerned about your immune system. APJ

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Profile for APAN - Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

APJ Vol 38 2018  

Aesthetics Practitioners Journal Volume 38 Spring 2018 - The official publication of the Aesthetics Practitioners Advisory Network (APAN)

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