How To Strengthen Your Immunity
The best defense is a good defense
You’ve heard that the best defense is a good offense. This is especially true when it comes to your immune system. By practicing healthy lifestyle habits and reducing our exposure to infection (offense), we can better help protect against illness (defense). When our immune system is strong, we’re prepared for any kind of virus that makes its way through the country.
What determines if you get sick or not?
Scientists have discovered that illness visits people with poor habits much more frequently than those who care for their health. It turns out that microbes prefer to wreak their havoc on people with compromised immune systems. Simple things can compromise our immune system, including:
•An imbalanced diet
•Alcohol and caffeine consumption
•An argument with someone you love
Help protect against illness
The phrase that describes our vulnerability or resistance to disease is “biological terrain.” The terrain or landscape of our health is made up of our genetics, our environment and, most importantly, our lifestyle. Vigorous application of the 10 Essentials yields the healthiest, most disease-resistant terrain. Skipping even one of these principles will change your terrain and leave you vulnerable to infection.
•A base of healthy nutrients
Establishing a base of healthy nutrients can provide us with a very resilient terrain. Taking a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement, such as VitaDaily AM/PM™ every day is an excellent start. Almost all physicians recommend an Omega-3 supplement as well. OmegaPrime® is a good choice. If stress is an issue, Adaptogen 10 Plus® can help. Indeed, the long-term studies of adaptogens in Russia clearly demonstrated that these plants help your body resist infections and speed healing.
Vitamin C is a favorite for protecting against the common cold. Russell Jaffe, M.D., former director of the National Institutes of Health, recommends a loading dose of Vitamin C: one teaspoon of Vitamin C crystals every 15 minutes until you “flush.” By this, he means a complete bowel evacuation. After the flush, he recommends a daily serving of Vitamin C (for one month) that is equivalent to 75% of the amount it took you to flush.
Significant medical research from Germany suggests that an hourly dose of echinacea will help your body reduce symptoms and may help your body shorten the duration of a virus infection. Taking a gram of echinacea every hour for three days may even curb an infection that has already begun.
Reduce your exposure
Here are some great recommendations for reducing your exposure to infection:
•Wash your hands
First, the largest contributor to infection is unwashed hands. Washing your hands with soap every few hours will reduce the chance for germs to gain access to your system. Make sure to dry your hands completely.
Next disinfect surfaces that are shared by many people. For instance, public doorknobs and exercise equipment at your health club bring you within kissing distance of hundreds or even thousands of people. Who knows what their hygiene habits were? In a typical day we may be exposed to germs from as many as 150 countries or more!
Stress decreases the effectiveness of your immune system. Your immune system may begin to overreact or not react in time to stop an infection when you are under stress. You might not think about getting colds and flu, anything can attack and lower your immune system — especially stress. So, remember building up your terrain and reducing your exposure are keys to a great offense… which will help improve your defence!