How to Boost Your Immune System

How to Boost Your Immune System

Is it possible to really boost your immune system.  We have been using a product called Cardio Cocktail for years to support our cardiovascular health.  What many people don’t know about Cardio Cocktail however, is that this supplement can actually support your immune system as well.  What else can we do to support our immune system?  Here is a short article that looks at different supplements you can use to enhance your health and support our immunity!

Myths vs. Facts About Boosting Your Immune System

Your immune system protects your body from infection. Give it your full support and, as with any friend, there will be perks. Here’s how it works: Your immune system creates, stores, and distributes the white blood cells that fight bacteria and viruses that enter your body, especially during cold and flu season. For such a simple-sounding process, there is a lot of bad information out there. Here are some myths and facts about the immune system and how it works.

As we continue our collective battle against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), you may have come across various claims of foods or supplements that supposedly increase your immunity against the disease. Here, are some basic facts about how nutrition plays an important role into having a healthy immune system.

Many people believe that there are no exercises, foods or supplements that truly boost the immune system.  Some feel that even if we could boost our immunity, it would likely be a bad idea since a boosted immune system would mean its working in overdrive. 

Optimal Immunity

What we are talking about when it comes to boosting our immune system is not working in overdrive, but working at an optimal level for health and well-being. Our body needs many nutrients in adequate amounts to support our daily functions, including those that help our immune system work properly and help protect us against many various diseases.

 A good starting point for enhancing ones health and well-being is to establish a daily home routine that puts healthy food choices first on the list..  Having enjoyable activities with members of your household or friends can give you a strong immune system that many are looking for.  It is important to stay connected with friends and loved ones although it this time it might be best to do that electronically..

Whatever you do you want to stay physically active and be sure you are making proper time for sleep, rest and recovery.   Being overworked without any time for rest is often synonymous with inflammation and autoimmune disease.  Not good for your immune system.

 

Fighting an illness? Ways to boost your immune system

One way to boost your immune system or fight an illness is to make sure you are drinking plenty of healthy water.  Water is probably one of the single most important nutrients for health.  It helps cells to communicate. It is critical for an effective detox and vital for all your body systems to function properly.  It is important in having your immune system to function at an optimal level.  If you are drinking distilled water make sure you are adding minerals back into your body through good supplementation. helps maintain healthy energy, dehydration promotes cancer cell growth, drink your weight in ounces of pure water, if using distilled water add minerals back to it.

A natural diet of raw produce is an excellent way to make sure you are getting good minerals into your body as well as increasing your hydration.  Natural Diet of Percentages ’Raw produce – in a review of 206 human-population studies, raw vegetable consumption showed the strongest protective effect against cancer cells of any food. Raw food retains 100% of the nutrients, enzymes and protein integrity.  It leaves behind no harmful residue and takes toxins out with them as they exit, the higher the raw food the more you will boost immune system.  In this regard it would be wise to use non GMO, organically grown foods to boost your immune health.

Greens (raw leafy) – the one food scientific research has shown to have a strong positive association with an increased longevity, helps bring acid pH (disease state) to alkaline pH (vitality state).  These vegetables are loaded with phytonutrient protection, antioxidants, and natural minerals like calcium and magnesium.

Chlorophyll, food sources include: romaine lettuce, kale, collards, Swiss chard, spinach and parsley.  Carotene-rich produce – probably the most important nutrient to boost immuninty increases the number and function of white blood cells. High in vitamin A it increases T3 and T4 cells, enlarges the thymus which shrinks tumors and protects healthy cells from carcinogens (cancer causing substances).

Immune Support Supplements

Vitamin D has several studies that back up its effectiveness against the flu and other viruses by decreasing duration and reducing the risk of being infected in the first place. Vitamin D also stimulates your innate immunity to viruses. I recommend doses up to 5000 IU to support your immune system during viral outbreaks.

Vitamin C is a potent nutrient with many positive effects to help boost the immune system. It starts outside the cell by strengthening the collagen matrix, which helps limit the damage a virus can do to your tissues. Once inside the cell, vitamin C enters the virus and stimulates a reaction that kills the virus

Olive Leaf Extract has been shown in studies to have antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Not only is it antiviral, but also lowers blood pressure, balances blood sugars in diabetics, increases metabolism, and has anti-aging effects on the skin. Olive leaf extract also fights the dangerous E. coli and salmonella found in food poisoning.

Oil of Oregano was studied during the SARS coronavirus outbreak and an in vitro study showed it stopped virus replication within 20 minutes of exposure. While these types of studies alone aren’t considered strong enough scientific evidence alone, oregano has long been known for its antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties.

Fact. Mom and dad were right when they told you to eat your fruits and vegetables . Studies show that people who eat a lot of them get sick less. The nutrients in them can help your immune system fight viruses and bacteria.

Ginger is another ingredient many turn to after getting sick. Ginger may help decrease inflammation, which can help reduce a sore throat and other inflammatory illnesses. Ginger may also help decrease nausea .While its used in many sweet desserts, ginger packs some heat in the form of gingerol, a relative of capsaicin. Ginger may help decrease chronic pain and may possess cholesterol-lowering properties, according to recent animal. 

Garlic is an important ingredient in nearly every cuisine in the world—and for good reason. Garlic contains the sulfoxide alliin, and when crushed or chewed, alliin turns into allicin. Because allicin is unstable, it converts to sulphur-containing compounds, which are thought to give garlic its medicinal properties. Garlic has been shown to enhance the function of the immune system by stimulating macrophages, lymphocytes, natural killer cells, dendritic cells, and eosinophils. It does so by modulating cytokine secretion, immunoglobulin production, phagocytosis, and macrophage activation. 

ASTRAGALUS – 1,000 mg or more daily of this well-known Chinese herb stimulates white blood cells to both prevent and fight infections. Astragalus does not work as quickly as vitamin D or omega-3 fatty acids, and may take between 6 – 8 weeks to reach its full effects. Numerous studies attest to the fact that it is well worth supplementing.

 

 

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