Maintaining optimal functioning of your immune system makes all the difference when it comes to preventing and successfully fighting off diseases caused by bacterial, viral or parasitical pathogens. Especially designed to quickly detect and eradicate an enormous variety of microorganisms that can cause mild to severe illnesses, the immune system is also responsible for accurately distinguishing harmful agents from the normal, benign bacteria and tissues comprising the body. However, if the immune system is compromised, its ability to attack and eliminate pathogens is severely reduced, a condition that leaves the body exposed and defenseless against hundreds of thousands of potentially debilitating diseases.
Women are especially subject to experiencing more troublesome health conditions when the immune system is impaired primarily due to excessive hormonal fluctuations and the inherent ability to reproduce. Even though research has shown that a woman’s immune system may be stronger than the male immune system, it is this added stamina that may indirectly jeopardize the female immune system. During menstruation, pregnancy, lactation and menopause, a woman’s immune system must be vigorous enough to adapt to the profound changes occurring in all of the body’s physiological systems, especially the endocrine and reproductive systems. Poorly functioning immune systems that are not fueled by proper nutrition, rest and exercise fail to protect women against sicknesses and diseases that could otherwise have been prevented.
Optimizing Your Immune System
Vitamin C may be essential to keeping a woman’s immune system healthy.* In addition to providing antioxidant qualities by neutralizing free radicals, vitamin C also supports bone health.*
Also called the “sunshine vitamin” because exposing the skin to sunlight allows the body to naturally produce it, vitamin D may also support immune system health.* Vitamin D also may help support bones and joints, as well as cell growth.*
Vitamin E may also function as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals, thus, supporting the immune system.* In addition, vitamin E protects healthy cells from oxidative damage, and may contribute to maintenance of a healthy heart.*
As a component of the B-complex suite of vitamins, vitamin B6 may be vitally important to the consistent, healthy functioning of a woman’s immune system.* Vitamin B6 also helps to regulate metabolism.*
Optimizing women’s overall health through proper nutrition and a well-balanced lifestyle, will ultimately lead to greater immune system protection.
Posted on January 3, 2013