Sending your children to school, stepping inside the local gym, or even putting your hands on a grocery store cart can compromise your health. Risks of bacteria, toxins, flu viruses and colds, with fevers, throat infections, and coughs abound. There are preventative measures we can take to strengthen our body’s natural defenses against attack. Putting these wellness tips into practice will help boost your body’s immune system and decrease your vulnerability to sickness.
We’ve already shared some strategies for staying well, but here are five more!
– Avoid unhealthy foods and lifestyles. Try to not eat fried foods, hydrogenated oils, processed foods (especially those containing MSG, artificial food additives, aspartame, and other excitotoxins). Use omega-3 rich oils, like extra-virgin olive oil and virgin coconut oil, when preparing meals. Limit sugar intake and eliminate it totally when sick. Refined sugar depresses your immune system, making you susceptible to illnesses. Use natural, calorie-free stevia to sweeten beverages, instead of sugar. Don’t use tobacco products. “Smokers were found to have an intense inflammatory reaction deep within their lungs when exposed to the flu virus,” reported Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD, editor of the Blaylock Wellness Report, in September 2009. Reduce your stress level when possible to avoid compromising your immune system. Exercise, a healthy diet, and adequate rest will help keep stress levels normal. Good hygiene practices, washing your hands after blowing your nose and using the bathroom, also support healthy immune functions.
– Get a daily dose of the Sunshine vitamin. Vitamin D is a very good antioxidant. Deficiency in Vitamin D makes the body susceptible to infections and is linked to numerous diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, bone fractures, and obesity. When weather permits, get 15 to 30 minutes of direct sunlight daily. (With no sunscreen, if possible.) Dr. Blaylock advises, “Just 30 minutes of direct sunlight produces up to 50,000 IU of vitamin D.” During colder seasons, take a vitamin D3 supplement. Dr. Blaylock recommends taking between 2,000 and 5,000 IU a day. In the September 2009 Blaylock Wellness Report, he stated, “Vitamin D3 has been shown to stimulate the production of antimocrobial proteins, powerful killers of bacteria, viruses, and fungi (Candida).”
– Drink adequate amounts of purified water and/or green or white tea daily to keep the body hydrated and functioning properly. Eighty percent of your brain is comprised of water, and seventy percent of your body is water. Illness, alcohol, drugs, and eating disorders can cause dehydration. Dehydration weakens the muscles and slows the recovery process from an injury or illness. According to Swanson Health Products experts, we should be consuming half of our body weight in ounces of water per day. A July 2009, “Ask Our Experts,” post on www.swansonvitamins.com states, “A 180-pound person should take in 90 total ounces of water daily. The average person gets 20% of his daily water intake through food. Example: oranges are 87% water.” Drinking green tea has a wide range of health benefits, including lowering the risk of breast, colon and skin cancers; stroke prevention; promoting healthy gums; and reducing psychological stress. White and green teas also enhance the effectiveness of antibiotics and have antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties to further strengthen your immune system.
– Get plenty of rest. In the Healthnotes Newswire, July 9, 2009, Kimberly Beauchamp, ND, reported that , “A good night’s rest goes a long way to boosting your immune system.” A recent study showed that people who got less than seven hours of sleep per night were almost three times as likely to catch a cold as those who slept at least eight hours. Chronic sleep deprivation increases the likelihood of contracting the common cold as well as developing heart disease, diabetes, or certain cancers.
– Seek a good chiropractic evaluation to maintain the proper communication between the brain and the body. Chiropractic physician, Alexander Sayas, DC, of Florence, Alabama, further explains, “The brain controls and coordinates the function of every tissue, organ and cell in the body. The nervous system is the wiring that connects the brain to the body. Any interference in this connection/communication means that the brain is no longer optimally in control, which paves the way for tissue, organ, or cellular malfunction. This results in symptoms, which alert us to this breakdown in communication. Chiropractic adjustments help restore and maintain effective communication between your body and brain. Remember the best cure for any ailment is prevention.” After examination and evaluation, your chiropractor will determine a plan of treatment that can promote your body to heal and function at its best, thus boosting your immune responses.