Boost your Immunity!
October 22, 2014
With all of the threats to our immunity out there, including Ebola Virus, E2N1, and of course colds and flu viruses we should hole up in our homes or put on protective suits every time we go out!
Now of course these are impractical solutions as we have to work, shop, and leave our homes on a daily basis.
Let’s review our important immune system which protects us on a daily basis like our own personal body guard.
Age, stress, and poor nutrition can sap our immune system of its effectiveness. Influenza provides one example. During young adulthood, when the body can mount a robust immune response to this common virus, influenza is rarely fatal. Among the elderly, however, the virus is associated with significant rates of death and hospitalization (Nichol KL 2005).
A healthy immune system grows ever more important as we age, and immune status is closely associated with nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction.
Older people and people with compromised immune systems should talk to their physician about exercising, reducing stress, and designing an active, immune-boosting nutritional program.
Here are some facts about the immune system:
- The immune system declines as we age, making us more susceptible to various diseases and pathogens.
- The immune system's health is closely related to stress, frequency of exercise, and nutritional status. Poor intake of vital nutrients is closely associated with a depressed immune response and an increased rate of disease.
- The immune system has two primary defense mechanisms: natural, which uses white blood cells and physical barriers to protect us from disease, and acquired, in which specialized cells generate antibodies to defend against specific pathogens.
- Inflammation is caused by multiple factors, including microorganisms, physical stress, tissue death, and inappropriate immune responses. Chronic inflammation is linked to diseases such as heart disease. Inflammation is mediated by cytokines and free radicals. It is an important immune system response, but it can also be dangerous because a chronic inflammatory state is linked to various diseases of aging.
- Free radicals are unstable molecules that readily react with other molecules, especially oxygen, to change their chemical composition. Antioxidants are used by the body to scavenge for free radicals and limit the amount of damage they can cause. This is where Vitamins C, E, B vitamins and A all help, as well as the most important antioxidant in the body Glutathione!
How to Build a Dynamic Immune System
Between running errands, carrying out everyday chores, work and the children, you don’t have time to get sick. But no matter how well you take care of yourself, you’re bound to get sick sometimes. There are things we can all do to make sure those times are fewer and less extreme.
Immunity: Use It or Lose It
Illness is not always a bad thing. Exposure to new microbes is part of an active life and the ensuing fight between our bodies and the infection can actually make us stronger. Getting sick a few times a year with quick recovery is normal for a healthy person, but getting sick often with lingering symptoms can be a sign of a weakened immune system.
Nature's Way to Make Us Take Care
Mother Nature uses the immune system to reward or penalize us for our behaviors and habits. Her singular goal is survival of the species. To the extent that we contribute to that end, (by staying fit, handling stress, eating right) we are rewarded with a competent immune system. For every transgression (obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, unman- aged stress, cigarette smoking) our immune system is penalized. Maintaining a dynamic immune system is as easy as simply taking care of you.
Training and Maintaining Your Immune System
Just Say "NO" to OTC Drugs and Remedies First, you must begin to avoid the hundreds of over-the-counter drugs that do nothing but suppress the symptoms of illness. Believe it or not, nature has equipped us with a number of extraordinary immune weapons, most notably the ability to generate a tremendous amount of heat, known as fever. The inherent intelligence involved in this phenomenon is extraordinary, because you don't get a fever every time you get a cold. Fever is a weapon that is pulled out only when necessary. It was developed millions of years ago to kill bacteria and viruses. Instead of suppressing this extraordinary immune defense with a pill, try allowing it to run its course. You will be stronger for it, because every time you have a fever, your immune system learns an important lesson, - a lesson recorded by anti- bodies and memory cells that cannot be learned otherwise.
Focus on organic ingredients; eat a diet of citrus fruits, peppers, dark leafy greens, onions, garlic, ginger - the list of delicious immune- boosting botanical ingredients goes on and on. Stay away from sugar, white flour products, prepared foods, dressings, candies, caffeine beverages and fast food.
Warming Up Your Immunity With Exercise
Scientists have long observed that people who exercise regularly live longer. This is because cardiovascular fitness leads to better circulation. Exercise also makes the bones stronger and maintains greater oxygen delivery. But why do exercisers experience less illness? Because every time we are strenuously active, we give ourselves a "fever." It is this temporary but significant elevation in core body temperature that creates a more active immune system.
Stretching and range of motion (ROM) exercise is great for improving your immune system. Through movement, especially movement that involves muscles and joints going through their full range of motion, lymphatic fluid bathes every cell, playing an important role in immunity and detoxification (removing toxins and metabolic debris). Yoga, dancing, rock-climbing, bouncing on a trampoline, basketball, swimming, Tai Chi, martial arts and regular simple stretching movements are wonderfully effective ways to improve lymphatic circulation.
When All Else Fails, Be Patient
Be patient when you do get sick. When illness comes, think of it as a message from Mother Nature to slow down and take better care of you. Typically, you can find yourself dealing with stress related illness. Were you working too hard, sleeping too little, and eating poorly? Become more aware of your daily routine. Illness is a signal to slow down, get more rest and eat your vegetables. Reinforced by proper supplementation, eating properly could actually help you avoid colds or the flu for an entire season.
Susan’s Recommendations for:
COLD AND FLU PREVENTION OR AIRPLANE TRAVEL…
Vitamin C high dose:
- Use packets or powder or Adrenal C or Ester C Plus
- Mega Defense combo of Beta Glucans and NCD Detox and Immune Booster
- Use as an antiviral:
- Take 2 capsules daily for 10 days then one daily indefinitely.
- Vitamin D 5000iu balanced with Vitamin A 10,000 iu Palmitate with food daily
- Nat-Stim-Future Formulations-take 6 at onset of cold and continue at 3 per day till better then 1 per day throughout season as preventive/maintenance.
- High dose Probiotic- H.O. 30 BU probiotic or Florajen 3 at bedtime on empty stomach.
- Zinc Lozenges for immunity and sore throat.
For airline travel:
- Nat-Stim-Take 2 tablets 2 hours before boarding and 2 tablets daily while at destination and upon return
- Mega Defense combo of Beta Glucans and NCD Detox and Immune Booster
- 2 caps before boarding plane and 2 caps after flight.
- Probiotics –at least 30 Billion Units CFU’s –Take one daily at bedtime on an empty stomach
- All of the above products are available at Murray Avenue Apothecary or call 412-421-4996 today!
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To Your Health,