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HOW TO PROTECT AND BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
HOW TO PROTECT AND BUILD YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
Practice the precautionary principle, which says that we should avoid anything with the potential for harm. In the US, something has to be proven harmful before it is taken off the market. In Europe, something has to be proven safe before it is allowed on the market. This is also known as “better safe than sorry.”
- Learn how to boost your body’s own detoxification system. Lower your caffeine, sugar and red meat drastically. Actually, it has been found that reducing the amount of total meat intake will have a profound effect on your digestive system which has a direct link to your immune system. If you have a poor digestive system you will also have a poor functioning immune system.
- First step Detox. It is necessary to remove as much toxins from your body so that it can heal itself and begin to rebuild your immune system on its own.
- Next, Use only natural safe and effective products to boost your immune system naturally.
- Don’t, or should I say, NEVER use over the counter remedies that claim to help but really can do more harm to your body, such as Airborne, or medications that just treat symptoms and ignore the root cause.
- Avoid using hand sanitizers whenever possible. This should only be used in an emergency. There are natural, safe and effective ways to sanitize your hands. It has been proven that simply washing your hands with warm water and soap is as if not more effective at sanitizing your hands after a hand shake than when you use the dry wash hand sanitizers.
- Eat a good balanced diet which should consist of more than 60% fruits and vegetables.
- And get plenty of Rest. Especially during the cold and flu season you should make sure to get plenty of rest. A good 8 hour sleep will do wonders in keeping your immune system strong and ready to take on the daily pounding it will take.
- Have Candida? A good detox program will help remove the candida from your system which can cause severe impairment to your immune system.
Vitamin D3 deficiency is still an epidemic. Fifteen to twenty minutes of sunshine each day, in the nude, helps your body manufacture about 10,000 to 15,000 iu’s of vitamin D3 per day. The problem is that most people avoid the sun these days due to fears of skin cancer. Just think about plants and what happens to them when they avoid the sun. They wither & die.
Did you know that vitamin D3 deficiency can result in Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Depression, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Kidney Stones, Osteoporosis, & Neuro-degenerative disease including Alzheimer’s disease.
Eventually, Vitamin D deficiency may even lead to Cancer (especially breast, prostate, and colon cancers). Vitamin D3 is believed to play a role in controlling the immune system (possibly reducing one’s risk of cancer and autoimmune diseases), increasing neuro-muscular function and decreasing falls, improving mood, protecting the brain against toxic chemicals, and potentially reducing pain.
It is ok to avoid the sun as much as possible as long as you take a good vitamin D3 supplement each and every day. It is recommended that we take as much as 2000mg each day. I take 1000mg in the morning and 1000mg at night.
Another important side note: sunscreen will block the absorption of D3 into the body. So you may apply sun screen and be out in the sun all day long but you will not absorb the necessary amounts of D3 that your body needs, so a D3 supplement is highly recommended even if you work or play in the sun and wear sun screen. I highly recommend wearing sunscreen with at least a 30 SPF rating if you are going to be out in the sun for longer than 30 minutes, 20 minutes for more intense summer time sun.
The truth about your immune system
Common sense tips on how to protect yourself during cold and flu season
By Dr. Travis stork
The immune system is something that most of us probably don’t think about much until something goes wrong, even though it’s working for us each and every day to fend off illness. The important role it plays in keeping you healthy is magnified during the winter months, when cold and flu can damage your health in leave you down for the count. While it’s makeup is extremely complex, the immune system’s main function is actually quite simple:
- detect foreign agents such as bacteria and viruses,
- identify them as a threat
- mobilize forces to fight them off
Unfortunately, life isn’t always so simple. A number of our common behaviors work against our immune system’s ability to defend against the infection and even chronic illness, particularly during the sniffle season. So how can we avoid sabotaging our immune system? Adapting some healthy-living strategies, both physical and mental, is the first line of defense.
Maintenance Is Key
Your good and bad habits all correlate with how healthy you are and how effectively you can build and maintain a strong immune system. I like to stress the goal shouldn’t be too “boost” your immune system, but instead to keep it in good condition and functioning properly; and over active immune system can actually get you into trouble. The main lifestyle-related factors are typically a balance of both physical behaviors and mental outlooks that can determine whether your immune system is able to keep infections at bay.
Staying active is essential. It’s been shown in many cases that staying active is key to maintaining highly functional white blood cells, which are the soldiers of the immune system. If you are a couch potato, you’re also making your immune system sluggish in increasing your risk of illness. Just 30 minutes of physical activity a day-sometimes is simple as a short walk—is directly linked to improved immune function.
Watch your weight. If you’re overweight or obese, that can mean your body is in a chronic state of inflammation. That distressed state can hamper your immune system and in turn put you at risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, further decreasing your ability to fight off infection.
Eat nutritious meals. A well-balanced diet made up of a variety of whole foods naturally keeps your bodies nutrients in balance. A void high-sugar foods, as excessive sugar has been known to suppress the immune system. I recommend a diet that covers the rainbow: brightly colored fruits and vegetables that are overloaded with phytochemicals, which act as antioxidants to optimize your body’s ability to fight off infections as nature intended.
Remember to stay hydrated. This can be easy to ignore during the cold winter months since we may not feel as thirsty, but don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids— except for the sugary kind! I also believe in keeping nasal membranes and sinus passages hydrated and clear of congestion. For this task, I carry a saline nasal spray with me at all times to flush away germs, allergens and irritants; Nettie Potts can also be really effective for sinus congestion.
Don’t touch your face. When you’re traveling or in a public place, try not to touch your eyes or your nose after being exposed to potentially germy surfaces. That door handle you just touched could be loaded with a cold virus which loves to infect through the mucous membranes of your eyes and nose! I use my little finger for task when I can, since I don’t typically touch my face with it. Hand sanitizer can come in handy, but a good ol’ soap and water has been shown to be just as effective in taking care of germs.
Don’t stress out. Chronic stress taxes are body with a “fight or flight” response and places you at greater risk for illness by suppressing your immune system. I preach (and practice) relaxation techniques: head outside for a walk, get away from your cell or email, or just had a good laugh. Set aside a little time each day to relax in your immune system will reap the benefits.
Get adequate sleep. Lack of sleep can also stress your body, leading to inflammation and increasing susceptibility to illness. You should try to get seven hours of sleep each night to keep your immune system in working order.
(Next Dr. Travis stork mentions getting the annual influenza vaccine or the flu shot. I am not a big proponent to getting the flu shot. But it must be left up to the individual. The chances of the flu shot actually protecting you against the predicted strain, which changes year-by-year, less outweighs the benefit of what the flu shot does to your immune system. You have the ability to protect yourself naturally using natural products, giving you a higher percentage of protection than the flu shot can offer you. That is why I have left the section on getting the flu shot out of this article.
Illness Is Inevitable
Even when you make it a daily priority to build up your immune system, the reality is that you’re going to get sick with the common cold from time to time. In fact, worrying about this possibility or becoming a full-fledged “German phobic” will actually increase your stress levels and just may lead to a prolonged bout with the cold or flu. If you get sick, continue to do the things that optimize your immune system and focus on things that feel healthy to you: get plenty of rest, enjoy a soothing bowl of chicken soup or a cup of hot tea, and remember that your body needs time, since many colds last about 7 to 10 days and eight cough can linger even longer. Given that colds and the flu are going to happen, keeping your immune system healthy and in balance is your best defense.