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Kickstart Your Immune System!

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).”

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– 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 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.

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1 Rosemary { 09.06.14 at 9:57 pm }

I have gotten a flu shot every year for the past 20 years. I have not gotten the flu once since then. I believe in them. Flu shots do not cause one to get the flu.

2 Honeylisa { 09.06.14 at 7:20 pm }

Thank you for the helpful tips! I will never take a flu shot again. About 5 years ago when they were making a big deal about that Mexican Swine Flu I decided to get the flu shot. Shortly thereafter I got the worst flu of my life, with three more bouts following within a short time period. Since then I’ve never had a flu shot and have never gotten any type of flu again. I try to follow most of the tips you have here plus we sleep with a humidifier and I use saline nasal spray to keep my nasal membranes moist, it seems to work well. Here’s to a healthy year for everyone!

3 Kathie Becker { 09.16.13 at 2:30 pm }

I agree on not taking the flu shots. I take 2000ius of vit. D3 1000 mg of vit. C. A multi vit. And vit B complex100.. I had the “flu” 1 day last nov. And was up and around the next day. I walk. Try to eat right and wash wash wash my hands. Especially in the winter..

4 tracye mason { 01.20.13 at 10:50 pm }

I have not been sick for almost 4 yrs. The last 4 yrs I have received chiropractic care weekly and massage therapy monthly.

5 Deb { 09.30.12 at 9:50 pm }

I am a firm believer that as long as a person is healthy, is not immunocomprimised and follows good personal hygiend including adequate sleep….you do not need the flu vaccine, Your body will take care of itself. I had 1 flu vaccine in my lifetime(Nursing school) became very ill with the flu and have sworn I will never get another as long as I am healthy. Not to say I have never had the flu, but it lasts just a day or two and I am back on my feet. I also do not get the flu vaccine for my children who both are teenagers as they are both healthy, athletes, eat proper diets….it’s just more money for the Pharmacutical companies

6 Bill Gannon { 09.30.12 at 6:40 pm }

In 1965 as a wee lad of ten, the family doctor called all of the family in for his retirement speech. For us young ones we were told to stop most immunizations at the age of ten. Reason for advice, after the age of ten you’ve been exposed to all the major flu’s, except sub sets. Our doctor was real old school, taught that service was to prevent but with caution. Just common sense medicine, just an old county sawbones. BTW, I’m coming up on my ten year tetanus booster, the only one most people really need.

7 Ali { 09.29.12 at 8:41 pm }

Yes, the employees of health institutions are forced to have the flu shot. If they don’t get the shot and then come down with flu, they are told to go home without pay….in most provinces in Canada anyway. This is a very unfair policy!

8 paula colley { 09.29.12 at 1:48 pm }

just because hospitals are forcing their employees to get the flu shots, does not mean that the employees are happy about it. They are threatened with written warnings, terminations and withholding of their bonuses or raises. In this economy most people can’t afford to lose their job and/ or raise. So they are giving in. Not happy about it either.

9 KatyO { 09.28.12 at 6:06 pm }

yes great article…especially the blog on the flu shot so agree with Ali…you go girl!

10 Ali { 09.28.12 at 9:54 am }

The seasonal influenza vaccine that was pushed on everyone as an added preventive measure against H1N1 appears to have been responsible for actually inducing more cases of H1N1 infection, and having a higher risk of developing H1N1 infection than individuals who were not vaccinated, this according to shocking new data procured by an influenza expert at Canada’s B.C. Centre for Disease Control.
The vaccinated group became much sicker than the unvaccinated group, and appears to have very likely infected the unvaccinated group. These findings match up with those of five other Canadian studies conducted in other provinces outside British Columbia where elevated rates of H1N1 infection were also observed among individuals who had received their annual flu shot.
What this all goes to show, of course, is that not only was the seasonal flu shot a failure at preventing H1N1, but it was also apparently a cause of H1N1 infection. If the seasonal flu shot had been properly tested, which it most definitely was not, it would have become apparent that the shot was not only ineffective at preventing H1N1, but also a definitive cause of H1N1 infection.
Guillain-Barre syndrome is a possible side effect on the insert inside the packet the vaccine came in! Flu is rarely deadly, and most people that get the flu shots still get sick anyway. It’s not like they are getting a vaccine against a deadly disease that they will likely be exposed to while in a foreign country in the jungle.
It is unbelievable how the medical industry has somehow convinced most people that they will become chronically ill unless they use their pharmaceutical products.

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11 Joan Hart { 09.26.12 at 1:48 pm }

Sorry folks, immunizations are important, or why else would healthcare workers be required to have them? Also, all this advice is very good, especially sleep, hydration, and avoiding unhealthy eating habits. Washing hands FREQUENTLY is the BEST way to avoid colds and flu. Also avoid touching your face, eyes and nose with hands. Not so sure how chiropractic is helpful, (really?) but to each their own.

12 Phyllis Grant { 09.26.12 at 11:50 am }

I am so glad to read that someone actually encourages chiropractic care! I love my chiropractor and his staff – he has kept me out of surgery and walking on my own for more than 10 years.

13 Barb King { 09.26.12 at 11:48 am }

Agree, avoid the flu shot and immunizations. Know this from experience.

14 Ali { 09.26.12 at 11:45 am }

Excellent advice! Forgot one important thing tho…avoid vaccinations as they will certainly bring the immune system down and make a person sick.

15 Gayl { 09.26.12 at 11:26 am }

Great article!!! Clear, easy to understand and gives reasons why we hould stay away from the bad and processed foods! Thanks.

16 Valerie Haynes { 09.26.12 at 10:01 am }

Wonderful article! It’s especially refreshing to hear the right advice about Vitamin D and omega 3s!

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