Immune system

Numerous factors can weaken the immune system;

Imbalances in exercises, diet, work, relationships and hormones, stress, plus inadequate sleep, insufficient detoxification and not enough vitamins and minerals.  You can also be suffering from too much exposure to environmental chemicals or heavy metals, too much cigarettes, alcohol and prescription drug use. A number of tests can expose underlying causes of weakened immunity.

Ways to strengthen immune system

Some treatments are obvious, such as striving to relax more, avoiding stressful situations and increasing exercise intensity/duration/frequency.

You can also change the way you react to unavoidable stress, such as traffic jams or long lines at the store. Rather than cuss and punch your car while the vehicle sits idle, how about pulling those hand grips out of the glove compartment and working your forearms?

Aromatherapy

The following essential oils can be used as aromatherapy, together or individually: clary sage, cypress and thyme.”

Practice deep breathing exercises.

Hit the gym! Many people indeed do this, but they are not consistent. “When our ancestors fled from wild animals, they were acting out of a ‘fight-or-flight’ response and naturally discharged their stress in the act of running.” When you are stressed, you are seldom able to relieve your tension with such immediate physical activity. You are like to be stuck in traffic, late for an appointment or having a difficult confrontation during a business meeting. You are trapped in what I call the ‘neither-fight-or-flight’ response” Rigorous, consistent exercise is the perfect outlet for pent-up stress.

Get more sleep

Ideally 7-8 hours.  If you are struggling to get quality sleep, then investigate herbal and nutritional supplements for aids.

Avoid caffeine

Over time this stimulant can cause exhaust your adrenal glands and trick your body into thinking it has lots of energy when in fact it may be running on empty.

Siberian ginseng (an herb), and reishi (a mushroom), can also boost immune function.

Hydrotherapy

Before you turn the shower off, let the water run down your back for 30 seconds at the hottest temperature that is comfortable, then switch to cold. Allow the cold water to run down your back for about 10 seconds, over time your immune system will benefit this.

However, here’s a real eye opener: If you take drugs for every cold and flu you get over the course of your life, the cumulative effects could compromise your immunity in any number of ways.

For example, many medical doctors routinely prescribe antibiotics for colds and flu, even those caused by a viral infection – despite the fact that antibiotics do nothing to get rid of a virus. Taking antibiotics for colds and flu, even if only a few times a year, can lead to chronic vaginal infections as well as intestinal  overgrowth of both yeast and abnormal bacteria – either of which can in turn, lead to food allergies and other immune system imbalances.’’

1: Increase intake of garlic, onions, leeks, squash, zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, yams, carrots, green beans, peas, cooked spinach, kale, shiitake mushrooms and seaweeds.

2: Enjoy easily digestible foods and drink plenty of water and other natural fluids, it’s good to moisten the mucus membranes of your lungs, throat and sinuses.’

3: Eat organic soups and herbal teas.

4: Avoid dairy products.

Food detoxification can be divided into five categories:

Fruits and fruit juices; fresh vegetable juices; chlorophyll rich foods; herbal teas; and sea plants. These foods should be organically grown and eaten fresh for optimal results.

Today’s recommendation will be – Chlorophyll: rich foods help clear the skin, cleanse the kidneys, and clean and build the blood. Chlorophyll will help boost immunity, treat illness and rid unwanted substances.

Foods high in chlorophyll include spinach, collard greens, parsley and other deep green vegetables.

– Josiane