Most people know their immune system protects them against colds, flu, and bugs, but that’s just the beginning!
Your immune system is an incredibly intelligent network of cells, tissues, fluids and glands that is on patrol 24 hours a day and is the primary reason behind whether you are reading this email, or did not wake up this morning.
Here’s some more of its resume.
Your immune system quickly recognizes potentially cancerous cells and destroys them, thereby keeping you from becoming a statistic.
Fighting the battle
Although the world’s population is about 7.1 billion people, humans are staggeringly outnumbered by microorganisms, parasites, and bacteria that are everywhere and can threaten our health.
And your immune system fights to protect you against every single one!
It’s a good co-worker
Your immune system and assists with the functioning of your endocrine system, your nervous system, and your detoxification system as well.
Your immune system is brilliant and knows the difference between dangerous substances and nourishment, as well as proteins that are foreign versus those that are a part of you.
This is important because if your immune system targeted every single molecule you took in (including food) you wouldn’t be able to digest anything…and would keel over pretty quickly.
Plus if your immune system couldn’t distinguish between your body’s proteins and those from the outside world, it would attack you and you wouldn’t even make it into childhood.
Keep yours sharp and healthy
Here are six ways you can help keep your immune system in tip-top shape for years to come.
Limit sugar and refined carbs
Sugar and refined carbs (which turn to sugar upon digestion) feed cancer cells, harmful yeasts, and parasites and depress your immune system functioning.
As much as possible limit white breads, pastries, cookies, donuts, cakes, bagels, hamburger and hot dog rolls, white rice, crackers and snack chips, and especially soda.
Have a good laugh
Laughter exerts positive influences on your immune system!
So have a good laugh now and then. Watch funny movies, play with your kids or pets, read some good jokes or look at pictures that make you laugh.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Water is the key to cellular and lymph health—both of which are crucial to proper immune system functioning.
De-stress and get some rest
Both stress and lack of sleep are harmful to your intestinal gut flora, which houses 70 percent of your immune system.
Do what you must to lower stress in your life (regular exercise works wonders), and make sure you get decent rest each night.
Have a healthy diet of real foods
Your entire body is nourished by the nutrients in real foods, and that includes your immune system.
However, when you rely heavily on processed “fake” foods and refined carbs not only does your body lack the nutrients it needs, but your immune system sees the junk as a toxin and gets stressed to protect you against it.
Stick to real foods–fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, whole grains and healthy fats. Your whole body (including your immune system) will thank you.
You can provide additional immune support with the following foods, nutrients, and supplements:
Vitamin C and E:
Food sources of vitamin C include parsley, broccoli, bell peppers, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papaya, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens and Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin E is found in natural (unprocessed) vegetable oils, nuts, spinach, greens, cayenne pepper, sunflower seeds, asparagus and bell peppers.
And if you want to be sure your nutritional bases are covered, a top-quality multi-vitamin formula like Super Core can help ensure you have what you need.
Vitamin B12 is crucial for the formation of red and white blood cells, which help boost your immune function.
Although B12 can be found in foods like lamb, beef, herring, mackerel, eggs yolks, cheese clams, sardines, salmon, crab and oysters, its absorbency in the GI tract can be limited.
So an oral vitamin B12 spray like Hydroxaden 2.5 can help make sure you’re getting the B12 you need since it’s absorbed through the mucus membranes in your mouth.
Since most of your immune system resides in your gut, it’s essential to make sure that you have a healthy population of beneficial gut bacteria to support it!
Supplementation with a top-notch probiotic like Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is the single most effective step you can take to encourage a healthy intestinal flora balance.
Be good to it and it will be good to YOU
Do as much as you can to keep your immune system strong and smart, and you can reap the rewards for many years to come!