Yet another virus has been dominating the news and causing fear worldwide as it spreads around the globe. Thousands of people have already been hit by the H1N1 virus – also know as swine flu – while more than a hundred have died from it. Yet, hundreds of thousands of people around these victims were unaffected by the sickness. Why?
When someone sneezes directly into the faces of two people, why is it that one person falls ill soon after, while the other person stays well? What compromises one’s immune system and, on the flip side of the coin, what is it that makes it strong and healthy?
Put into the simplest terms, the immune system is a complex network of cells and organs that work together to defend you against disease. This front-line defence mechanism identifies, hunts down, attacks, destroys and remembers disease-causing invaders or infected cells. If some of these invaders manage to get past the body’s first line of defense – the skin – the immune system’s “search and destroy” task force swings into action with an army of additional immune cell forces to hunt down the enemy and wipe them out.
What can you do to build up your immune system? It’s back to basics:
Fortify your body with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants. This will help protect your cells against damage while you nourish them. Indulge in plenty of raw vegetables and fruits. Juicing daily and making smoothies is a delicious way of getting more of these health-giving and detoxifying foods into your system. I like to blend my fruits and vegetables, as the fibre acts like a broom sweeping my gastrointestinal tract clean which, in turn, helps the absorption of nutrients.
If you’re fighting a serious illness like cancer, you should actually consume fresh juice at least three times a day, as much as two litres in total, if you can manage it. However, if you have difficulty managing this amount, good-quality health supplements can help provide the antioxidants, enzymes, vitamins and minerals you need to boost your immune system. Do whatever you can to get those disease-fighting and immune system building nutrients into you.
Be fussy. Always choose to eat foods rich in health-giving nutrients. Junk food is packed with empty calories and harmful elements which many studies have shown cause a host of health conditions. Remember the documentary “Super-size Me” about fast-food dangers? Why put poison into your body?
Don’t Let Stress Get To You
“There is overwhelming evidence that stress — and the substances secreted by the body during stress — negatively impacts your ability to remain healthy,” says neurophysiologist Carl J. Charnetski, PhD. When you’re stressed out, your heart beats faster and your immune system slows down. Find ways to deal with stress, such as by listening to soothing music, making time to rest, going for a walk and getting some fresh air, praying and spending time with people who uplift you.
Just 30 minutes of continuous exercise – such as brisk walking – each day will improve your blood circulation, strengthen your body and help keep your immune system in good form. Exercise also reduces your risk of developing health problems like obesity, degenerative bone diseases and heart conditions.
Flush The Toxins Out Of Your Body
Drink lots of pure, clean water, freshly-made juices, and herbal teas. Avoid liquid poisons like carbonated drinks and beverages with caffeine, such as coffee and tea. And oh, resist the temptation to add sugar to your juices and herbal teas. If you must sweeten them, use a healthy, natural sweetener like raw honey.
Refined sugar compromises the immune system, and can cause a whole spectrum of health conditions. Just 10 teaspoons (approximately the amount found in one soft drink) will immobilize the immune system by as much as 33 percent! Try cutting sugar completely from your diet (including the ‘invisible’ sugars in processed foods). Chances are high that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the difference that will make to your health and even your energy levels.
No, I’m not referring to batteries. Dreaded diseases like cancer seem to thrive in more acidic bodies. Harmful bacteria and viruses also seem to flourish in acidic environments. An easy way to get a healthy acid-alkali balance in your body is to drink apple cider vinegar daily. It’s really refreshing and tasty with raw honey and cold water added. Lemon or lime also does the trick.
This is so obvious, isn’t it? Smoking damages your immune system as well as increases your risk of getting a host of sicknesses, such as cancer. You also endanger the health of those around you when you smoke.
Dump The Drugs
These are toxic and they mess up your system. Even patients who have been on medicinal drugs for prolonged periods run the risk of overloading their livers and kidneys. The body was never designed to be bombarded with chemicals of any kind. Take medicine only if you have too, and stop when it’s time to do so. Drug dependency will harm your immune system.
Sleep Like A Baby
When you sleep at the right time everyday, and when you get sufficient, quality sleep, your body repairs itself and builds up defences against infections. Melatonin, a hormone which is also a powerful antioxidant, is produced when you sleep at the right time every night and enjoy rejuvenating, quality sleep. What’s the right time? This varies from individual to individual, but melatonin production seems to work best with regular, early bedtimes. Don’t compromise on sleep. If sleeping or insomnia is a problem for you, a melatonin supplement like Neways’ Megatonin may help. You can get it from the Neways Product Page (just key in ‘Megatonin’ in the search box).
Even if you apply just a couple of these tips in your life, it will make a difference to the health of your immune system. Follow all these guidelines as closely as you can if you’re looking for a radical improvement in your health.