Immune System

20 Simple and Natural Ways to Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system is not one thing or organ you can see.

You cannot point to it as a single entity in the body.

 

The immune system is made up of a network of cells, tissues, and organs

that work together to protect the body, defending you from

disease-causing microbes. It works to prevent you from getting ill or

sick and if unfortunately, you do, it works to get you well again.

Sometimes, invaders win, like cancer cells that invade and pervade parts

of the body. So it is important to keep your immune system as healthy

as possible.

 

Conventional medicine offers different forms of immune therapy.   

 

Here are offered some simple and natural ways of maintaining a healthy immune system

  1. Alcohol   Drink less or avoid alcohol. Excessive consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections.

  2. Eating     Take a healthy natural fresh approach to your food, plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. These provide your body with the nutrients your immune system needs. Explore the Low Carb Healthy Natural Fat diet (LCHF) …avoid sugar and eat only healthy carbs. Avoid processed food.

  3. Fermentation     Consider fermenting foods. Traditionally (home produced) fermented foods, are highly beneficial because they give you natural probiotics, now recognized as crucially important for your immune health

  4. Fun          Fun and enjoy, never underestimate their power in lowering the stress hormone cortisol, therefore reducing the negative impact and boosting the positive on your immune system

  5. Garlic      Garlic is a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent, a natural antibiotic effective against a wide range of organisms. And it is an immune booster. Add it to foods just before serving, do not overheat it.

  6. Gratitude    Practise the art of gratitude - researchers maintain that gratitude fosters optimism, which has been shown to positively influence the immune system. Optimism and positive emotions are associated with lowered cortisol levels and reduced risk of chronic disease.

  7. Gut microbiome  Your gut microbiome makes your gut a huge player in the immune system, because it’s the first line of defense between you and anything dangerous you happen to swallow.

  8. Herbs    Try immune-supportive herbs. If you get recurrent infections, consider taking immune-supportive herbs such as eleuthero, Asian ginseng , American ginseng, or astragalus.

  9. Meditation         Your thoughts, moods, sensations, and expectations are transmitted to your immune cells. When you meditate, these messages assist immune cells in healthier functioning.

  10. Mushrooms  Eat medicinal mushrooms, such as shiitake and maitake mushrooms  or Japanese red reishi mushroom essence (in capsule form.)

  11. Prayer        regular prayer, a belief in a Higher Mind ,and meditation have been shown in numerous scientific studies to be an important factor in living longer and staying healthy.

  12. Qi Gong     Qi Gong exercise boosts the immune system and subsequently helps reduce the susceptibility to viruses and other pathogens. It also helps with movement and flexibility, and is a gentle form of exercise.

  13. Probiotics  Probiotic supplements are said to reduce the incidence of respiratory and gastrointestinal infections

  14. R&R         Rest  and recreation – in our fast paced society, too much busy ness and stress is not helpful; positively schedule time out just for you and engage in creative and restful pursuits

  15. Sleep       Get enough sleep and manage stress. Sleep deprivation and stress overload increase the hormone cortisol, prolonged elevation of which suppresses immune function.

  16. Smoking Give up smoking – the link between smoking and cancer is now undisputed

  17. Stress       Stress in excess suppresses your immune system. It is key, therefore, to reduce stressors and find calm ways to manage stress. Consider regular meditation.

  18. Tincture  Make an echinacea tincture. This is good to have on hand when respiratory viruses overwhelm your defenses. To a pint jar add 1 cup ground root of Echinacea purpurea root, a species shown to enhance immune function. Add 1½ cups vodka and stir. Ensure there are 2 inches of vodka layered above the ground root. Shake daily for four weeks. Strain through cheesecloth into a clean jar. At first signs of cold, take ½ teaspoon of tincture diluted in water every two hours. After two days, reduce the dosage to ½ teaspoon 3 times a day for the duration of the cold.

  19. Tobacco  Avoid tobacco smoke. It undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in everyone, and middle ear infections in kids.

  20. Vitamin D  Catch some sun’s rays. In Northern climes you may have to take Vitamin D3 supplementation along with Vitamin K2.

  21. Add your own ideas

 

To your healthy immune system!

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