How To Boost Your Immune System
Learn how to boost your immune system for a much better chance of staying strong and sickness free this winter. Try these top immunity boosters to feel great and stay well.
1. Take a good quality muli-vitamin/mineral supplement. The Tree of Life Reguvenation Center or Raw Vegan Source online both have great whole food vitamins to choose from.
2. Chlorophyll is the blood of a plant and is what makes a plant green. It very closely resembles the human hemoglobin. It is antiviral and antibacterial. It helps to balance pH which is a necessary component of optimal health as many diseases are caused by an improper balance of acidity in the body. Many sicknesses can be avoided if we are more alkaline than acid. Chlorophyll is phytochemical rich. I prefer to take Klamath Power 3 mixture of spirulina, chlorella and Klamath Lake blue-green algae. This is available at Raw Vegan Source. I also like Spirulina Pacifica. These can all be taken in capsule or pill form so that you do not have to taste them if you prefer not to.
3. Take a good quality Omega 3 fish oil or krill oil. The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) is highly lacking in omega 3’s. We usually get plenty of Omega 6’s from the oils in our diet. An imbalance of Omega 3/6 is detrimental to your overall health. This nutrient is an anti-inflammatory as well as a cancer fighter.1
4. Vitamin C is a very potent antioxidant and has been proven to prevent and reduce sick time due to colds and flu. It strengthens the immune system, helping it to fight off these pesky invaders. I prefer Soloray Super Bio C as it is a dual time release formula and is very assimilable by the body. You can take it to bowel tolerance daily. This means you can keep taking it until your stools become loose.2 According to Dr. Leo Galland, MD, it is safe to take 1,000 to 3,000 mg per hour for adults when fighting the flu or a cold. When healthy, take the recommended dosage on the bottle. Another good whole food source of vitamin C is the Camu Camu berry.
5. Zinc promotes the growth of white blood cells which detect and kill invading germs.
6. Probiotics help to insure that you have a proper ecological balance in your intestines. Probiotics are “good” bacteria. This will greatly assist your body in fighting off the “nasty” bacteria that invades your body constantly. During the Civil War, when the probiotic rich food sauerkraut was added to the diets of the soldiers, the small pox rate plummeted from 90% to just 5 %.3
7. Eat cultured foods on a daily basis. These foods are packed full of probiotics and enzymes and will greatly aid your body in fighting bacterial and viral invaders. These types of foods include cultured vegetables and kefir.
8. Eat your sprouts. Sprouted foods have amazing health benefits. Add these to your daily fare. They are simple to grow and with all the different varieties you are sure to find some that you love. This, along with cultured foods, is a very economical way to upgrade your health enormously!
9. Eat less food. It takes a lot of effort for your body to digest food. The less you eat, the healthier you will be. Stay away from processed carbohydrates and refined foods. If you really want to experience an immune system boost, do away with grains altogether and replace them with dark green, leafy vegetables such as kale.
10. Drink a green smoothie or a green juice every day!
Now that you know the best supplements to boost immunity, make sure to eat these healthy foods that boost immunity as well. Enjoy great health while celbrating with friends and family this holiday season.
1. David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD, Anti-Cancer: A New Way of Life, Penguin Group, New York, New York, 2008 pg. 125
2. Jacqueline Krohn, MD, MPH, Frances A. Taylor, MA, Finding the Right Treatment: Modern and Alternative Medicine, A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Best of Both Worlds, Hartley and Marks Publishers, 1999, pg.124
3. Ann Louise Gittleman PhD, CNS, The Fast Track Detox Diet, Broadway Books, New York, 2005 pg. 132
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