Power Up Your Immune System in 6 Easy Steps
It is well known there are basic necessities we need for survival, such as food and drink. We are told from the time we are children that we eat food for energy, we exercise to be in shape and that herbs are nice for those who think they might help. However, these are more important than you might think - they are all elements that your body uses to build a strong immune system. Here are 6 steps to help you build your immunity...
- Food provides far more than energy. The nutrients in food are your building blocks. These building blocks are used on a daily basis to make new cells including your white blood cells, also known as your immune cells. So when you hear the old saying to "eat a balanced diet," this is why, to get all your necessary building blocks. In fact - this balanced diet should be explained further to include plenty of fresh fruits and veggies. And just so you know - organic produce has been shown to have up to 40% more nutrients. Eating plenty of healthy foods such as fruits and veggies will give you the building blocks your body will use to boost your immune system.
- While healthy foods give you the building blocks needed to build a strong immune system, junk food will rob your body of these important nutrients, not leaving enough to keep you strong. This is because it takes a lot of nutrients to break down junk food and keep the harmful toxins from them in check. In fact, many of these types of foods contain chemicals that the body doesn't recognize. If your body doesn't know what to do with them, they can be stored in fatty tissue. This may be on a microscopic level, but over time add up. So eat "fun foods" in moderation.
- Many of us have a difficult time eating our share of veggies and fruits, so fresh-made fruit and veggie juice may be more convenient. In fact, you can drink the nutrients of 10 carrots and utilize all of their nutrients but it is nearly impossible to eat, digest and assimilate the same amount. This is helpful for people on the run or who like the extra nutrition.
- Exercise has been known to strengthen the body and stimulate the immune system. It gets blood flowing and helps your lymphatic system move. This will ensure that your body carries out waste while at the same time transports necessary nutrients to where it's needed. In addition - your breathing will deepen to more efficiently carry out metabolic waste. Try a brisk 20 minute walk at least 4 times a week.
- It is becoming widely accepted that herbs are effective at supporting your body's defense systems. A substance in goldenseal has been shown to help the body fight infections and tumors, garlic is known to fight certain bacteria and echinacea has been shown to rev up the immune system. These are only a sample of the power of herbs. How about herbal side-effects? None, really. But what is known of taking herbs is that your body may speed metabolism or create better absorption, which is also a side-effect of a healthier diet. Therefore, if you take medications, you must be careful of the body's reaction.
- A Cleansing program can help clear stored toxins and built up waste. This helps the immune system by clearing the extra burden of having to battle stored toxins every day. Your immune system already must fight pathogens, bacteria and virus constantly, even if you always wash your hands. So clearing the extra internal waste will help free up the immune system from the internal toxic buildup.
About the Author
Cindy is a Certified Nutritional Counselor and Colon Therapist working in the field for 15 years. Read more about the immune system and colon cleansing before you start any program.