Improving My Weak Immune System with Probiotics & Lifestyle Changes

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It’s fair to say that my weak immune system is at an all-time low. I’m constantly tired and since chemotherapy last year, I pick up every single bug that the kids lovingly bring home from day care. You can imagine!

It isn’t just the fault of chemo though, although that did do some real damage to my immune system. Other than that, I just haven’t been looking after myself well enough. A few months ago, I started to make some changes to my diet and lifestyle. Something I wish I had started years ago.

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I know so many of you are the same as me: we put our kids and families first and we end up neglecting our own needs. For me, my health has suffered. Breast cancer was a wake-up call though – I want to be here for my kids. I want to set them a strong and healthy example too.

So there are some ways that I’m working on improving my weak immune system:

Improving My Weak Immune System

Changing My Diet

Despite having a real love for cooking, I fell into the habit recently on relying too much on convenience foods. I’m taking about you, pizza.

Takeaways, ready meals, fast food. There’s a place for some of those things and I don’t think I’ll ever have the willpower to cut them out entirely. However I’ve been making much more of an effort to get back into the kitchen and I love it. Although I do need to work on a ‘healthy pizza’ recipe!

You might remember that three months ago I stopped eating meat and I’ve also significantly reduced the amount of animal products I eat. This is my personal choice and it’s in consultation with my GP – I am not advising you do this too, just sharing my experience.

One thing this has done is make me think much more creatively about cooking with different vegetables and legumes. It’s been a lovely way to start cooking again and sharing some yummy healthy meals with the family. I know the introduction of more fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains is going to help my overall health.

Introducing Probiotics

I’ve been doing some research on how probiotics can boost a weak immune system and decided it’s worth a try for me. I’m just so sick of getting sick. So maybe introducing ‘good bacteria’ into my body will help improve this.

I’ve flirted with taking probiotics in the past but never long enough to make it a habit. I regret this – I think my body might have tolerated or recovered from chemo quicker if I had stuck to taking them. Are you getting by now that I have an issue with willpower?

Now I’m taking probiotics daily to help rebuild my battered immune system and I’m so much more consistent with them.

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Reducing Stress

It only occurred to me recently that I’ve been feeling quite…stressed. Since my diagnosis, I’ve experienced anxiety for the first time in my life and even before my diagnosis I had periods in my life of feeling stressed. Somehow though lately…I missed it.

When you receive the “all clear” after a cancer diagnosis, you feel elated. I felt like my life had been handed back to me and I was full of positivity. And I am positive, but I also have moments of feeling lost, angry, depressed and confused in relation to my diagnosis.

I’ve been carrying a lot of stress around for many months and as I approach my two year scans, the stress is inevitably building.

Talking about how I’m feeling, and writing about it, helps me so much.

Does stress have a direct impact on the immune system? I don’t know for sure. But what I do know is that when I’m stressed, tired and run down, I feel unwell. I’m more susceptible to illness and it takes me longer to recover. So whilst I have no science to back this up, this is the case for me.

So to try and reduce the stress, I’m sharing more. I’m talking about what worries or scares me and I’m not bottling it up. And I’m trying to get more sleep – which is a struggle as I’m an insomniac but I’m working on it.

I’m asking for help when I need it and I’m carving out some time every day just for me. Even if it’s only a few minutes. Taking time out for a relaxing bath, reading a book, sneaking in a daytime nap – all these things are definitely helping to reduce my stress levels.

These are the main things I have been working on to improve my overall health and boost my weak immune system.

I would love to know what you do too!

Do you have any ways I can help boost my weak immune system and feel healthier?

 

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45 Comments

  1. LAuren Savige
    15th November 2017 / 12:00 am

    Walks with the dog and limiting sugar! I find we are all so much clearer the less sugar and carbs we eat.

  2. Jenny Bragg
    1st November 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Healthy doesn’t need to be boring. Make things fun! Plan outside activities for the whole family including pets .. they need to stay fit too! Make meal times great starting with getting kids to grow their own fruit and vegies in the garden. Buy a grow your own mushroom kit or have herb pots on the window sills. They can then use them to help make their own meals. Home made pizza is one of the best ways to get kids involved in a family activity while being able to have a healthy meal using the vegies they have grown.

  3. Eva Kiraly
    31st October 2017 / 11:37 pm

    Eat naturally

  4. Emily Mclaughlan
    31st October 2017 / 11:26 pm

    Healthy home made food and an active lifestyle is the best thing for keeping my family healthy obvious i know but it works

  5. Dianne
    31st October 2017 / 7:47 pm

    Good food, great friends, be active, engaged and considerate of others and hopefully they will have the stamina and resilience to cope – in the lead up to christmas is the perfect time for a Nature’s Way giveaway too as every little bit helps :) Thanks and good luck everyone!

  6. Michelle
    31st October 2017 / 4:55 pm

    Eat healthy!

  7. Becky Downey
    30th October 2017 / 10:08 pm

    Give everyone the best diet possible – take the time to cook well.

  8. C.McCarthy
    30th October 2017 / 9:45 pm

    Balanced diet and healthy lifestyle…..two things we want our children to mirror.

  9. Lesley
    30th October 2017 / 8:18 am

    Balanced lifestyle, healthy diet and loving relationships!

  10. claire evans
    29th October 2017 / 12:06 pm

    role model great eating and hygiene, kids learn from what they see

  11. Bella Ri
    28th October 2017 / 9:54 pm

    We eat EVERYTHING, but in small portions. If the little ones want cake, we will give it to them. Everything is eaten in moderation. We also do a lot of walking in the park to try and get some fresh air!

  12. Laura Power
    28th October 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Garlic, we consume a huge amount of garlic!

  13. Beth Streten
    25th October 2017 / 11:33 am

    We stay healthy with nutricious food, an active lifestyle and Nature’s Way for extra vitamins and minerals!

  14. Kylie T
    25th October 2017 / 7:03 am

    We adore the benefits of Nature’s Way
    Provides a boost of healthiness every day
    I feel calm, less stressed & happier I can proudly say
    With anxiety levels now at bay
    Not only has this changed of lives
    But given me back the belief from inside!

  15. JenJen
    23rd October 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Encouraging everyone to drink plenty of water everyday, avoiding buying unhealthy foods to snack on and getting outside to play as much as possible

  16. 22nd October 2017 / 3:43 pm

    I wanna start getting more into vitamins at the moment it’s all the old nannas remedies no fans directly on kids eat healthy plenary of fluids if your kids getting sick who cares what they eat as long as they are eating

  17. Indy
    22nd October 2017 / 10:34 am

    1. Eat healthy and balanced foods (healthy grains, fruits, veggies etc)
    2. Enough sleep
    3. Enough exercise
    4. Drink lots of water
    5. Drink or eat probiotic to boost your immune system
    Those 5 points above are proven to boost your immune system and keep your family healthy.

  18. Shelley Chandler
    21st October 2017 / 6:31 pm

    My Best tip for keeping my family Healthy is to firstly, wash hands and try and keep the house as germ free as possible! I am always looking for great organic foods also, and vitamins and minerals to boost our immune system.

  19. Jessie Chibber
    21st October 2017 / 3:58 pm

    Ensuring there is always a bowl of fruit on hand, with their favourites so that snack time is fruit time

  20. Heidi O'Day
    20th October 2017 / 1:25 pm

    Trust your instincts, you know your own body so listen to it.

    • Katrina Stanton
      21st October 2017 / 2:57 pm

      I had a Brain Tumour. After 30 treatments straight of Radium. I too went downhill. Five years on still straggling with Post Radium issues. Unfortunate thing about Chemo and Radium is it kills off what you had good in you as well.

  21. Mick G
    20th October 2017 / 12:53 pm

    I try to serve good, natural and healthy meals as well as always try to keep smiles and happiness always at the forefront

  22. Ariane bowie
    18th October 2017 / 7:41 pm

    I take a little bit of time out of my day to plan a nutritious meal, then shop for it, and come home and cook a healthy meal and we all eat it together and talk about our day

  23. Tracy Mackay
    18th October 2017 / 6:55 pm

    Try and make meals with the least amount of processed foods possible using lots of fruit, vegetables and lean meats. Always wash hands thoroughly before food preparation.

  24. Louise M
    18th October 2017 / 4:15 pm

    make as much food as possible from scratch!

  25. Angela M
    18th October 2017 / 2:52 pm

    Cook from scratch as much as possible. The best gift you can give to your family.

  26. Karen Edwards
    18th October 2017 / 12:58 pm

    Lots of yucky bugs going around the kiddies school at the moment trying to keep it away from the household and our new baby is hard work. We give the kiddies a probiotic and multi vitamin each morning then at night I put oils in their diffusers and a made up blend to roll on their feet.

  27. Phillip Cunningham
    18th October 2017 / 8:11 am

    Buy organics if you can and if you can/t grow your own and fertilise responsibly with planet friendly fertilisers.

  28. 17th October 2017 / 10:13 pm

    During bug season I always take garlic tablets and make sure lots goes in our food (sorry to everyone else we have to talk to!) as it’s a great immune booster. I also love using essential oils – Aussie eucalyptus and tea tree are wonderful at clearing the air and protecting against airborn nasties.
    Fresh air and exercise is also something my mum taught me that I always swear by too!

  29. 17th October 2017 / 10:13 pm

    I used to get really run down from fructose, and noticed I had flu symptoms all the time. I also had a bloated face too! As soon as I gave up fructose and cut down on my sugars I instantly felt so much better, and healthy foods tasted so much nicer!

    Good luck with the two years!

  30. Harry Cornish
    17th October 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Lots of fresh air and sunshine {covered up of course} and Natures Way! We encourage our kids to play outside rather than playing games or watching tv.

  31. sonya
    17th October 2017 / 5:22 pm

    My top tip is to consume mostly a wholefood diet (with lots of fruit and vegetables) and avoiding processed foods!

  32. Judith
    17th October 2017 / 4:54 pm

    We are all for coughing and sneezing into our ELBOWS and not our hands… it’s a way better way of reducing disease transmission to others!

  33. Cassy26
    17th October 2017 / 4:18 pm

    The best thing I ever did was buy a Nutri ninja. My kids will now eat (drink) a whole bag of spinach, or whatever other vegetables I put in their juice( sweetened with fruit) no problems at all. No more meal time fights or stress because I know they have already consumed enough vitamins and minerals from their pre -dinner juice. :) #winning

  34. Lolo W
    17th October 2017 / 3:52 pm

    Spending as much time as possible together as a family, especially in the ‘great out doors’, enjoying the clean, fresh country air where we live, engaging in fun activities from hiking, biking, camping and sports to picnics relaxing under a shady tree. ‘A family that plays together, stays together!’ Developing strong, trusting, loving relationships by investing quality time with each other is – in my opinion – the foundation for healthier minds and bodies. Staying active and fit while experiencing nature, wholesome eating, drinking plenty of water, and using natural supplements like probiotics are all of course very valuable for building on that foundation!

  35. Jade O'Shea
    17th October 2017 / 2:05 pm

    Try and consume as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible. I also ensure everyone has a water bottle handy through out the day to keep hydrated through the day (and not turn to sugary drinks)

  36. Kate Slack
    17th October 2017 / 1:42 pm

    Always go to bed at a reasonable time i think a good nights sleep is key to a well functioning mind and body.

  37. Nyssa Johnson
    17th October 2017 / 12:31 pm

    I think the most important thing is to get plenty of sleep! Easier said than done, I know, but there are all sorts of remedies that work for different people such as melatonin, lavender oil, exercising during the right time of the day or meditation tapes.

  38. gail davies
    17th October 2017 / 11:15 am

    Lots of fresh vegetables, fruit, fish and free range chicken ,,, limit red meat and take a daily probiotic

  39. natalie
    17th October 2017 / 11:13 am

    Lots of fresh fruit and veggies

  40. 17th October 2017 / 8:50 am

    My best tip is to have a happy, calm and supportive environment. That’s the best start you can give your family; then everything else just falls into place. It doesn’t matter how many veggies you eat if you’re stressed out or unhappy. Your body really does know how to take care of itself (think digestion, heart beat, healing and all the myriad things the body does without you!) A calm, happy family scene without too much ‘diet-worry’ allows the body to do its perfect job perfectly. It’s a simple concept; probably why we find it so hard!!

  41. jberry
    17th October 2017 / 8:06 am

    Limiting the amount of “dirty” snacks available.

  42. Anthea Cornish
    17th October 2017 / 1:06 am

    With Natures way of course and a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruits.

  43. 16th October 2017 / 5:25 pm

    It might be a bit naff, but I love having lots of indoor plants to keep the air in our house cleaner to keep us healthier and I think it helps to make the house feel more peaceful too!

  44. Kathy Bowdlert
    16th October 2017 / 4:55 pm

    My tip for keeping my family healthy, we grow your own fresh organic fruit and vegies. If things do go haywire with our health then a boost from Natural Way can’t hurt but may help.

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