Strengthening the Immune System
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Strengthening the Immune System

This article was written as a response to the question: How can a person build up their immune system?
Without a immune system we would not survive very long. It is made up of about a trillion while blood cells, antibodies, the spleen and the thymus gland that destroy viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites that try to over run the body and cause disease. The strength of our immune system determines our body’s ability to resist the growth of abnormal cells(cancer) and infection

Do you get colds a lot? Does it seem like whatever is going around you catch? If so you may not be getting the needed nutrients to keep your immune system strong.

Without a immune system we would not survive very long. It is made up of about a trillion while blood cells, antibodies, the spleen  and the thymus gland that destroy viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites that try to over run the body and cause disease. The strength of our immune system determines our body’s ability to resist the growth of abnormal cells(cancer) and infection.

Our immune system becomes weak due to stress in our lives, poor nutrition and pollution in our environment including drugs.

Anti-nutrients are such foods as white bread, sugar, white rice, soda, alcohol and fast foods.  We should think seriously about adding food supplements to our diets since few of us are able to get enough nutrients even in what we feel is a ‘well balanced diet’.

We should all be getting adequate amounts of Vitamin A(15000 IUs), Vitamin B-complex(chose a good one so you are getting all the B’s), Vitamin C( 1000mg a day at least), Vitamin E(200IUs), Magnesium(100mg), Selenium(100mcg)and Zinc(20mg) in our daily diets.

Minimizing pollutants by eating organic food and drinking plenty of distilled or filtered water is also important. Fasting and flushing the body of any wastes can be helpful in detoxifying the body of pollutants and strengthening your immune health.

Stress can be a killer. It can actually make us sick. Short holidays and being sure you are getting the seven hours of sleep that most of us need is very important. Being aware of situations that make us frustrated or angry and staying away from those things is a good idea. Partaking in yoga, Tai Chi or meditation as a means to relax is also good.

Exercising for about 30 minutes most days helps to relieve stress also.

Vitamins and herbs to look into:

Echinacea, Cats Claw, L-lysine, Vitamin D3, Zinc, Vitamin A, Codonopsis, Astragalus, White Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Garlic, Turmeric, Sage, Burdock, Thyme, Golden Seal, Barberry, Mace, Lemon Grass, Wormwood, Blessed Thistle, Oregon Grape, Reishi and Shitake Mushrooms, Ligustrum, Alfalfa, Pau d’ Arco, and Wild Indigo.

Foods to incorporate into your diet are: apples, pineapple, grapes, mushrooms, almonds, Acai berries, olive oil, avocados, oysters, beef, chicken, turkey, pork, yogurt, cheese, cashews, chickpeas, spinach, carrots, kale, cantaloupe, peaches, peppers, squash and pumpkin.

 

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