I join Zoe Glaskey on the Motherkind Podcast to discuss everything related to the immune system, why we get ill and how to stay healthy. We chatted in an accessible and clear about what is meant by our immunity, whilst also being rooted in a depth of evidence-based scientific expertise. I shared my personal experience and provide applicable and practical tips to have the best immune system we can.
We chat about-
My path to developing a fascination and career in the field of immunology, and what drives her passion today. I explain how my curiosity as a child into all things health and disease related, led me to dedicating myself to understanding everything about the immune system
Movement for a healthy immune system, and why it is so important. I share that certain parts of the immune system are reliant on movement and our muscles to work, and the vital importance of keeping our muscle moving to the health of our immune system. I explain how our muscles actually produce molecules that work to stop a crucial gland linked to our immune system from shrinking.
Rest and sleep, and why it is so crucial for fighting viruses due to its healing and restorative effects. We discuss the pivotal role of Circadian Rhythms, and how eighty percent of our immune system is under Circadian Rhythm control. I give insight into how to support our immune systems when getting poor or broken sleep, including the impact blue light can have.
Stress and how it impacts on our immune system, and what we can do to counter stress hormones which make us ill. I clearly explains how stress and the immune system are linked, and the role our evolution has had. I give practical guidance to stopping stress impacting on our immunity, including the power of giving your life a positive narrative.
Nutrition and the three elements we should focus on for our immune system. I describe why fibre, phytonutrients and fats are essential to immune health. I explain exactly which foods we can find these in and how they impact on our immune system. We also talk about why a plant based diet may have positive effects on our immune system.
Interesting questions Zoe asked me;
5:22 ‘Is it true that some people have good immune systems and some people have bad immune systems, and what can we do to keep that system in regulation?’
19:38 ‘What does rest give us, and how can we get better sleep, and what can we do when we are feeling tired to feel more energised again?’
25:15 ‘What can we do to support our immune system whilst we are getting this broken, unnatural sleep?’
38:49 ‘What can we do to counter this cortisol, as you described, constantly in our bodies, which is making us ill’
51:00 ‘Should we sterilise everything, and follow our babies around with Dettol? What’s your view on that?’