Nowadays modern medicine tries to fight diseases through medicines, operations, radiation and other therapies, but true health can only be achieved by maintaining a properly functioning immune system.
My advice is to try to find solutions to boost your immune system in a natural way.
I want to share my knowledge about how to keep you healthy, look and feel better, perform and last longer.
I know that when you are younger you think that nothing can touch you.
Trust me, we are all vulnerable in the face of all these current trends in immune related disease.
What is the Immune System?
Your immune system is very complex and has to be finely tuned to be able to fight and destroy anything that can threaten your body.
The immune system is different from all other systems in our body.
It’s not a physical structure, but a set of connections that involve different organs, structures, and substances.
All these components work together to protect our body against diseases and infections.
What is the role of our immune system?
maintaining a balance
When you are sick, the balance is lost and your immune system fights back to restore it. As long as your immune system is in control, it will find the way to win the battle.
We live in a world where bacteria, viruses, fungi, worms freely invade our world. It’s impossible to avoid them completely and the solution is to have a balanced inner environment.
knowing when to make exceptions
Our immune system knows when to make an exception and not destroy everything foreign that enters into our body.
Let’s say that our immune system has the gut to allow something with no ill effects.
For example, it allows the sperm to enter into the female body.
The sperm has a local immune suppressor to prevent the female’s immune system rejecting it.
Another exception is when a pregnant woman adapts her immune system to allow a different body to live inside her for nine months.
keeping the harmony
The immune system must not attack its own body.
We must make sure that weapons that we use to destroy invaders do not accidently destroy our own defenders.
6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally
It’s important what we eat and how we eat it.
We need to keep a balance between carbohydrates, good quality protein, and fat.
We need to use food to build a strong immune system.
Its strength depends on the quality of our food.
Carbohydrate 60% – This should be mainly whole foods, grains, fruits, and vegetables.
Try to use unrefined foods because they are much better to obtain complex carbohydrates.
You should consider using also some other type of grains than wheat.
We can eat oats, rice, corn, quinoa and the list can go on and on.
We need also sugars, more precisely glucose, which is the final breakdown product of all carbohydrate.
Although it’s known as the major fuel for the brain, muscles and the immune system, because of our intake we destroy the balance with our needs.
When we consume our carbohydrates, we also need to keep in mind that we need to eat fiber.
Fibers will help our body to have a clean digestive system.
Protein 20% – Protein is basically the constituent of all living cells.
Three-quarters of the dry weight of most body cells are protein.
Protein makes up hormones, enzymes, neurotransmitters, immune cells, and antibodies.
Amino acids are the constituents of protein and there are vital to life.
We find these in food like meat, fish, dairy, beans, nuts and seed foods.
When you have the right balance of amino acids, you will discover that you are not longer craving for junk foods.
Fat 20% – When you hear fat you must think it’s something bad.
In fact, it’s something vital for our body and our immune system.
With the right sort of lipids, cell membranes are strong; without them, they are weak.
Lipids are also an important component of brain and nervous tissue.
We have to know about ‘bad fat’ and ‘good fat’.
You need to avoid saturated fats because this is very bad for your body and can lead to diseases.
I try to consume fat from the Omega 6 and Omega 3 family, both very important.
Omega 6 oils come exclusively from seeds and their oils.
Some of these are sesame, corn, walnut, pumpkin, sunflower, hemp and wheatgerm oil.
An optimal intake would be 1 tablespoon of oil a day, or 1 tablespoon of ground seeds.
Omega 3 oils come from flax(linseed), hemp and pumpkin.
Also avocado, nuts, and fish is a healthy pick for everyday use.
Without micronutrients like Selenium, your immune system won’t work properly.
Of course, we need to have a balanced diet and include all minerals and vitamins.
Selenium is the most important because deficiency is associated with cancer.
It helps your body to produce antibodies.
Natural food sources are the best, such as nuts and seeds like fennel, whole grain cereal, fruit, and seafood.
Plants and their extracts, the most ancient therapeutic aids.
Echinacea is probably the most widely used immune-boosting herb.
It has an effective anti-viral agent against the flu.
Echinacea is best to be taken when your health is actually under threat.
Aloe Vera is another source for boosting your immune system.
While it contains numerous vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fats and enzymes, aloe vera contains also acemannan.
This extract can improve your immune power.
Garlic, ginger, ginseng and cloves can make miracles for your immune system.
Consider using these to build up your immunity
- A daily dose of concentrated aloe vera juice.
- A clove of garlic every day and shiitake mushrooms from time to time.
- A lot of naturally yellow, red, orange, blue and green foods to obtain high levels of antioxidants.
- Every time you are feeling down or you suspect you have an infection, drink cat’s claw tea and add echinacea to your daily regime.
- When you are fighting a cold, take a spoon of elderberry extract four times a day.
Try to do some form of regular exercise that increases the heartbeat and breathing to a comfortable, but nevertheless, higher level.
You can just walk for half an hour daily.
If you feel more energetic, you can try cycling, swimming, skipping, jogging or aerobic.
The secret is to keep active and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.
Something that we never have in mind. Light is one essential nutrient we take for granted. It should be no surprise that light is an essential ‘nutrient’ for our immune system. Try to spend a minimum of four hours a week outside, exposed to natural sunlight. Do not wear sunglasses except when the sun is too strong. Avoid getting a sunburn by using an appropriate sunblock.
A healthy mind into a healthy body.
While our food makes our body, your thoughts make your mind.
And there is no question that your stat of mind can have a profound effect on your immunity system.
The connection between mental, emotional states and strength of your immune system is indisputable.
The following factors will improve your immune health:
- Caring and empathy
- Relaxation and meditation
- Good relationships
- Expressing emotions
- Job satisfaction
- Music and dance
Obviously, we all have disappointments and pain sometimes.
We need to feel unhappy when sad things happen.
Although we should express our sadness, we need to fight these feelings all the time.
Life goes on and we need to keep a balance also for our thoughts.
There are many ways to help keep our immune system fit and healthy.
The key to all of them is BALANCE.
If you manage to find a balance in your life then you will reach a good health.
Even if you think it’s impossible to maintain a healthy lifestyle, once you reach the top, you will not go back to old habits.