Most of us know that good Nutrition is essential for supporting a strong immune system. Food nutrition not only comes in what we put in our body, it is also connected to our lifestyle and other factors:
Eat more raw organic plant based foods, this means eating 80% raw and 20% cooked foods to stay alkaline. The more acid our body, the more susceptible we are to disease. When attending one of my retreats, I show you how to easily eat in balanced plant based diet and to get enough protein. You will be amazed at how easy this is and how delicious the meals and healthy desserts are. Maintaining a healthy diet is the key to a strong immune system.
Vitamin D - helps activate immune cells. We do need the sun to synthesis vitamin D. The sun converts cholesterol found under the skin to vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to ﬁght many cancers. For cancers like melanoma, the sun is not always an enemy. Your weakened immune system is your enemy, and your lifestyle has probably triggered your health problems. Low vitamin D has been linked to a weakened immune system, multiple sclerosis, jaundice, cancer, PMS, arthritis, under active thyroid, acute depression, dermatitis, osteoporosis and many other diseases and conditions. If you are unable to get enough sun, please consider taking a vitamin D supplement. Vitamin D is a fat-soluble nutrient so if you are considering supplementation due to a deficiency, supplements are best absorbed with a meal that contains some fat.
Exercise regularly: Our immune system beneﬁts greatly from daily exercise. It improves circulation, and helps to carry nutrients to all our organs, and eliminates waste. Exercise also stimulates the production of human growth hormone (HGH), and helps to repair muscle tissue, bones, hair, and nails, and is good for the skin and is anti-aging. Exercise releases endorphins to the brain. These are the chemicals which make you feel good, and combat stress and anxiety. Exercise promotes a good night’s sleep and is especially recommended for those suffering from depression.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate.....Eighty per cent of the human body is water. Your body needs good, clean water to survive. Human beings can go without food for several days, but not water! The body needs ﬂuid for hydration of glands and organs. Water cleanses the body, eliminating accumulated toxins. It is needed for digestive juices and the production of saliva. Most importantly, water is needed to transport waste from the digestive system. Water also carries nutrients to the cells and is needed to help create blood plasma. Water is essential for your health. Good clean water is essential for good health. We lose about two and a half litres of water a day just by breathing, perspiration and elimination. As we exhale, vapor is eliminated from the body, cleansing the bronchial system. When we perspire, ﬂuid is also lost, and so too, of course, when eliminating waste, particularly urine, more ﬂuid is lost from the body. Elimination of ﬂuid is going on all the time at a considerable rate. The body cannot replace water without your help; you must give your body the water it needs. Physical problems caused by lack of water are many. Some of the most common ones are constipation, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, back problems, rheumatism, cellulite, brain damage, obesity, high and low blood pressure, pH imbalances, and general discomfort. People could eliminate many physical problems just by drinking more water. Keep in mind that insufficient water ages the body and increases the risk of disease. Caffeine, alcohol, and sugary foods cause dehydration and an acidic condition in our body. If your body is already struggling to survive disease, you are not helping it to recover if you are dehydrated. Drinking sufﬁcient clean water, will set you on a new path to health and vitality.
Get plenty of sleep...Our immune system can be under threat if we lack a good night's sleep. Studies have shown that people who do not get enough quality sleep are more prone to getting sick, so here a a few tips to help your get a good night sleep. Sleep with you curtains closed, sleep Naked - greater intimacy with your partner — leading to the release of oxytocin, also known as the cuddle hormone – that helps reduce blood pressure, and relieves stress…sleep better, remove all electrical devices such as electronic clocks, televisions, mobile devices, computers and ipads from the bedroom and shut off the WiFi in the house overnight It can help to keep you looking and feeling younger. Most importantly, whilst you sleep your body is healing and regenerating.
Vitamin C - Supplements will boost your immunity. Vitamin C helps encourage the production of white blood cells known as lymphocytes and phagocytes, which help protect the body against infection. I use vitamin C every day, especially in winter, where I increase the dosage. I only use practitioner brands when taking any supplement. I also consume foods that are packed with vitamin C. This comes back to also eating a diet high in raw plant based foods.
Selenium - acts as a powerful antioxidant and boosts your immune system. Adults should not consume more than 400 micrograms of selenium per day.
Remove all sugar and processed foods from your diet. I do not mean fruit here. Unless you have gut health where candida is present. My book From Cancer to Wellness: the forgotten secrets has a step by step guide for gut health. Everyone needs to apply this method to their health plan if they have not already done so. Self-testing like I have on page 67 of the second edition.
There is an expression I found somewhere. ‘Eat to Live, not Live to Eat’.
Our immune system is strong enough to fight off most illnesses and infections if you look after it.