You cannot see it easily. You experience the heat of it. It causes redness and swelling. It protects you. What is it?
THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Life dishes out a cold here and there, perhaps a disease comes about. Doctors say that an underactive/overactive immune system is part of the equation over 90% of the time.
What is your immune system? Your immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within our body that protects us against disease and infections. To function properly, an immune system must detect a wide variety of agents, from viruses to parasitic worms, and distinguish them from the organism’s own healthy tissue. Disorders of the immune system can result in autoimmune diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer.
Whether you decide to engage the assistance of your medical doctor for advice and recommendations to support your health, you should always consider the role you play in managing your own health. When you are personally engaged and committed to your health YOU on your own can have a powerful impact.
Interested in supporting a healthy immune system in a natural way?
Let’s review the basics to a healthy immune system (not in order of importance):
- Eat Well. Feed your body as much fresh whole organic foods (real food), which include a healthy amount of raw vegetables and leafy greens. Avoid refined sugars (i.e. High Fructose Corn Sugar), processed foods (i.e. cereals, crackers, etc.) and chemicals (i.e. artificial sweeteners, food colourings, etc.) including carbonated beverages. Consume pure water, an amount that is right for you and your lifestyle. Stimulants like coffee might need to be eliminated.
- Fitness. Move your body! Most will agree that they feel better after exercising. Remember that exercise is a stress on the body so if you’re already overwhelmed with life, stressed, and/or sleep deprived, adding an intense workout to the plate will actually be unfavourable to your immune system. So use common sense.
- Sleep. Get enough of sleep, rest and relaxation. Aim for 7-8 hours each night. This common saying may ring true – early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy and wise.
- Common sense. Wash your hands in a practical way, good old soap and water. Practice food safety. For additional support you can gargle with salt water and also lubricate the nasal passageways.
- Take your supplements. We need essential nutrients every day to support a healthy immune system which is supported by a healthy nervous system. It has been proven that our foods today do not contain the same nutritional value. Make sure that you’re taking quality products from a natural source and not synthetic. This is tricky because you can’t always tell by reading the label so use the same guide as Eat Well – purchase supplements that are derived from fresh whole organic foods and may be recognized as medicinal herbs or superfoods.
- Vitamin D. Vitamin D is one powerful nutrient also known as the sunshine vitamin. According to Dr. Russell Blaylock and many others, Vitamin D is the best protection we can give ourselves, like sunshine is to plants. Regarding a presentation on vitamin D at the University of Toronto, the studies indicate that a lack of vitamin D may contribute to higher risks for a number of diseases including colorectal, breast and prostate cancers, autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. The common thread and agreement throughout the day was that with the right levels of vitamin D, the possibility exists to stop these diseases in their tracks. Health Canada is currently reviewing the benefits of vitamin D and the Canadian Cancer Society also recommends a daily dose of 1,000 IU.
- Nutrition Cleansing. Give your body the break it needs to do some housekeeping. More…
- Matters of the Mind. Your thoughts and stress levels will play a role in your health. If you are stressed, this is the opportunity to increase supplementation (i.e. Auum omegas with Vitamin D3) and eat a better diet, get enough sleep, etc.
If in Canada some doctors may say you can consider yourself deficient as we most likely don’t have enough sunshine to make the levels our body requires. If your body naturally makes 10,000 IU of vitamin D from absorbing sunshine, then you can certainly consider the 400 IU recommended by Health Canada (to fight off rickets) as an insufficient amount. Again the Canadian Cancer Society recommends 1,000 IU of vitamin D a day but you will find many practitioners recommending more.
Finding a natural source that is effectively absorbed is as an important as how much. I take my vitamin D3 as an oil in with the Auum omega 3 mammalian oil for sublingual absorption. The 1,000 IU of natural vitamin D3 (from sheep’s wool) is blended with a mammalian source of omega which is another powerful nutrient that our body requires to support our immune system health and to help with the absorption into the blood within minutes.
Are you ready to build your immune system naturally?
Champion for your better health…