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A few healthy tips to keep your immune system strong by Mauro Simonetti
Every year, it never fails, as the winter fast approaches, many of you ask me to give you some advice on how to keep your immune system strong to fight against viruses and/or colds, germs, etc… The following are only a few quick tips but keep in mind that you should be doing this all year round, not only during the winter. Remember, the immune system is what nature gave us to fight all illnesses period no matter what season of the year.
You can think of your immune system as an army of millions of microscopic soldiers patrolling your body, working to prevent illness by fighting any invading germ. These “soldiers” are white blood cells, and how you “treat” and “feed” them has a large influence on how well they protect you from microorganisms, infections, and diseases.
Here are a few quick tips:
1) Just eat (not diet) healthy and exercising regularly, all help boost immunity. Eating healthy and exercising is very first and most critical for our immune system.
2) A very good and bioavailable multivitamin. One I truly enjoy is “Ultra Preventive X or Ultra 3 Capsules” both from Douglas Labs. They are all chelated and activated vitamins and minerals. In fact the Ultra Preventive X was named top 3 in the world by clinicians.
3) Vitamin C (citrus fruit, broccoli) or supplying with GOOD supplements and again, not the commercial brands. A great one is the Ascorbplex 1000 by Douglas which is a buffered one and the Ultra C 1000 by Metagenics.
4) Vitamin E (nuts, healthy oils)
5) Vitamine D3 (the sunshine vitamin, very important to take more during winter periods as we get much less sunshine) therefore once again, supplying with GOOD supplements, not the commercial brands. I love the liquid one from Metagenics.
6) L-Glutamine. Glutamine is a supplement that I have in my house religiously now for years. It is the most abundant amino acid in our bodies and this is why it is important to have some regularly. When you take it orally, it helps rebuild intestinal lining which in turn means it boosts your immune system as 65% to 75% of our immune system kicks off from our intestines. It is also a protein synthesis and therefore will promote better assimilation of your protein intakes and guess what; your body pains will also feel much better, maybe even completely clear up. Glutamine is just wonderful!
7) Garlic (also a natural antibiotic)
8) RAW Honey (honey is one of the strongest if not the strongest natural antibiotic there is)
9) Zinc (beef, turkey, oysters, crab) Zinc and magnesium are crucial minerals for our bodies period and over 80% of people are deficient in these minerals nowadays. In fact, zinc alone 8 out 10 people I test are deficient.
10) Bioflavenoids (fruits and vegetables)
11) Selenium (chicken, tuna, red snapper, lobster, shrimp, garlic, egg yolks, sunflower seeds)
12) Carotenoids (carrots, yams)
13) Omega-3 fatty acids (nuts, salmon, tuna, mackerel, flaxseed oil)
14) Probiotics. Crucial to a healthy immune system as it promotes the building of a healthy flora. If you never took Probiotics, I strongly suggest you do this ASAP as it is a critical supplement nowadays. Clinicians around the world say Probiotic is the supplement of the century.
In addition to what you eat, certain lifestyle changes can boost your immune system, including:
1) Washing your hands thoroughly with organic soap and warm water, particularly before eating and after using the bathroom. This reduces the number of organisms that can enter your body.
2) Getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep every day. Deep sleep stimulates and energizes the immune system and provides full recovery. That’s right, SLEEP! A concept people forgot these days.
3) Maintaining a healthy weight because obesity leads to a very poor immune system.
4) Read points 2 and 3 again.
5) Exercising regularly. Physical activity stimulates the immune system and obviously helps with weight maintenance and/or reduction.
6) Consuming alcohol moderately, while one drink does not appear to affect immune response, having three or more drinks in a short period starts to impair white blood cells’ functioning.
7) Completely eliminate ALL refined and/or PROCESSED sugars. 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar (what most put in 1 coffee) reduces the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 50% for up to 4 hours! Processed sugar destroys your organs and immune system. PERIOD!
8) Please quit smoking!! Smoking weakens the immune system horribly.
9) Reducing and managing stress. Long periods of feeling stressed weakens the immune response.
All of these are possible kinds of behaviors you can change or focus on to boost your immune system. If people incorporate healthier patterns into their daily living, they increase the likelihood for better health. Remember, our bodies are designed to eat only nutrients that nature gave us. In other words, if it doesn’t fly, doesn’t walk or run or swim or grow in nature, don’t eat it. It’s that simple.
A few more tips. Try to eliminate milk. Milk is mucus building and very hard for the body to digest. Drink almond or coconut milk instead. The calcium is also much more bioavailable to our bodies. However, when you buy almond or coconut milk, even if in the organic section, please read the ingredients. Make sure you see the NON GMO logo on the container as well. 1 company I enjoy personally is Silk.
Thanks for reading.
Mauro Simonetti, Naturopathe N.D./ Naturopath N.D.
Spécialiste de Performance Poliquin/ Poliquin Performance Specialist
Praticien en BioSignature/ BioSignature Practitioner
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