Natural Home Remedies for a Healthy Immune System

The immune system is a network of cells and tissues throughout the body that, if functioning correctly, can identify our tissue from foreign tissue.

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If a healthy immune system identifies faulty cells or foreign invaders, its task is to get rid of them by producing antibodies. Copies of the antibodies remain in the body and if they appear again, immune reaction is more swift.

RISK FACTORS FOR IMMUNODEFICIENCIES

  • Age
  • Alcoholism
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Established viruses
  • Genetics
  • Malnutrition
  • Negative attitudes, depression (and v.v.)
  • Obesity

SELF TREATMENT FOR ENHANCING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

The substances and suggestions here are offered to you for further research.

DIET

A healthy immune system is always the first line of defense against disease and inflammation. To promote a healthy immune system, it is important to eat a balanced diet, with as much variety as you can manage, with lots of whole, fresh vegetables and fruits, quality protein and healthy fats. The Zone is an excellent starting point.

FOODS TO STRENTHEN IMMUNITY

Variety and moderation are key for building your immune system. Try adding some “superfoods” (nutrient-dense foods with healthful compounds) to your menus. Don’t eat only these foods but try to incorporate them into your diet. Some of these foods are:

  • Acai
  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Avocado
  • Beets
  • Black garlic
  • Bone Broth
  • Broccoli
  • Cacao
  • Chia seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Cranberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Greek yogurt
  • Hemp seeds
  • Kale
  • Kefir
  • Maca powder
  • Mangosteens
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Pistachios
  • Pumpkin
  • Quinoa (beware that while there is a lot of protein in this grain, there is also a high-carbohydrate count)
  • Seaweed
  • Spinach
  • Watermelon
  • Wild Salmon

FOODS AND OTHER SUBSTANCES THAT COMPROMISE IMMUNITY

  • Alcohol
  • Excessive grains
  • Food additives
  • Fried, fatty foods
  • Processed foods
  • Red meat
  • Restaurant food
  • Smoking
  • Sugar
  • Trans fats
  • Vegetable oils

TEAS AND OTHER LIQUIDS

  • Chamomile
  • Dandelion
  • Ginseng
  • Green tea
  • Honeysuckle
  • Hyssop
  • Lemon balm
  • Licorice
  • Mint
  • Mulberry
  • Raspberry leaf
  • Rooibos
  • Rose hips
  • White sage

HERBS AND SPICES

  • Andrographis
  • Astragalus
  • Cordyceps
  • Dang shen
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry
  • Garlic
  • Ginseng
  • Honeysuckle
  • Maitake mushrooms
  • Oregano
  • Poria
  • Privet
  • Reiki mushrooms
  • Roseroot
  • Schisandra
  • Shitake mushrooms
  • Tulsi

ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils can be administered via a diffuser for inhalation, administered topically in a carrier oil (coconut, almond, olive, etc.), or undiluted drops can be added to a hot bath or compress. Find recipes for blends on the web or create your own.

  • Bay laurel
  • Bergamot
  • Cinnamon leaf
  • Eucalyptus
  • Frankincense
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Myrrh
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Pine needle
  • Roman Chamomile
  • Sage
  • Sandalwood
  • Tea tree
  • Thieve’s oil blend
  • Thyme
  • Valor
  • Vetiver

OTHER SUBSTANCES AND SUPPLEMENTS

The cost of having a blood test to determine if you have nutritional deficiencies is likely to be negligible compared to over-consuming expensive supplements that you do not need.

  • Colloidal silver
  • Iron
  • Krill oil
  • Omega 3’s
  • Probiotics
  • Vitamin D
  • Zinc

HYDRATION

Staying hydrated aids in the elimination of toxins, enhancing your immune system. Water is essential and a main nutrient for the human body. Without it, you cannot survive for many days. Staying hydrated is fundamental for a healthy body, so how much is enough? There are so many differences in people (i.e., how much we sweat), as well as the diets we consume (a lot of water comes from healthy, whole foods), but a general rule is to consume enough water that your urine is clear, but not so much that you dilute your nutrients. If you are taking certain supplements that make your urine yellow, then you can start out with the formula of drinking ½-1 ounce of water for each pound you weigh. If you weigh 130 pounds, drink 65 to 130 ounces of water a day. Definitely drink when you are thirsty.

EXERCISE

People who don’t exercise take twice as many sick days from work as those who do exercise. That exercise is beneficial for overall health is undisputed. If you are ill, you will want to take it easy, of course, but there is always something you can do to support your body. Do what you can do without making yourself feel worse. Exercise in fresh air whenever possible.

SLEEP

Studies show that lack of quality sleep affects the production of disease-fighting antibodies. If you wake in the morning after 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep feeling unrested, you aren’t getting enough sleep or you have an underlying health condition.

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

Stress reactions can cause any illness and diminish our immune system if prolonged. Stay calm. Practice relaxation exercises, talk to a friend. Do what works for you to stay mellow.

OTHER THINGS YOU CAN DO

  • Get your Vitamin D from the sun. Spend about 15-30 minutes a day in the sunlight, exposing as much skin as practical.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes.
  • Ingestion of a fermented yeast culture, even through inhalation, was associated with high levels of IgA, found in mucosal linings of the respiratory and digestive tracts and an indicator of mucosal barrier strength. Research Diamond V (for animals) and EpiCor (for humans). Diamond V has been shown to contain Selenium, Squalene, Resveratrol and glutathione.

ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

PREVENTION

  • A wholesome, balanced diet
  • Adequate hydration
  • Good hygiene
  • Low stress levels
  • Quality sleep
  • Regular exercise

NOTES

Coconut oil strengthens the immune system with antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Our bodies convert lauric acid into monolaurin which may help deal with viruses and bacteria-causing diseases like herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria monocytogenes and heliobater pylori, and harmful protozoa such as giardia lambia.

 

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