How can I optimize my immune system?
Updated: Sep 5, 2021
Our Immune System is a Magnificent and Powerful Weapon not only to protect against pathogens, but did you know that it has a very sophisticated surveillance mechanism that can detect not only pathogens but other foreign substances, such as toxins, and repairs and eliminates damaged cells and can destroy cancer cells.
When our Immune System is optimally balanced, it is insurmountable for pathogens to attack the human body. The Immune System can be compared to
the Defense System of a country, composed of the military units, the Army, the
Navy, the Marines, the Airforce. The Immune System has three layers of protection
including Physical Barriers, Chemical Barriers, Cellular Barriers which are all part
of the Innate Immune System that initiates the rapid attack of the non-specific
pathogens through activation of the immune cells (macrophages and dendritic
cells). If the Innate Immune response is unsuccessful in destroying the pathogens,
then the Adaptive Immune Systems kicks in and activates other immune cells such as B-cells (after developing into plasma cells produce antibodies) and T-cells that will identify specific pathogens for a more rapid response for future reinfections.
How can you keep your Immune System Optimally Balanced?
Diet that supplies adequate amounts of vitamins (A,B,C,D,E), minerals (Mg, zinc, selenium, copper, iron). Alot of these vitamins and minerals are in fruits and vegetables (cruciferous), as well as animal sources. If possible choose organic foods (less pesticides). Avoid using seed oils that turns to trans fat when cooking in high heat. In addition, eat adequate amounts of proteins, complex carbohydrates and healthy fats. When buying meats, (choose grass fed). Avoid processed foods and refined sugars as much as possible. Avoid overconsumption of alcoholic beverages.
Consider taking immune boosting herbs such as garlic, ginger, turmeric, elderberry, echinacea, medicinal mushrooms to name a few. Drinking herbal teas, such as green tea, lemon, chamomile, etc.
At least 7 to 8 hours/day of quality sleep (Dark room, remove EMF devices
4. Exercise (avoid extreme exercises), at least 20-30"/day, 4-5x/week.
5. Hydration of at least 6 to 8 (8 oz) glasses/day of purified or filtered water.
6. Reduce or stop smoking.
7. Maintain good oral health.
8. Reduce environmental toxins.
9. Stress management; make time for leisure, relaxation, meditation,hobby.
10. Minimize negative thoughts. Positive thoughts can boost immunity
11. Social time with family and friends.
12. Life is too short. Take good care of your soul, mind, body and spirit.
13. Incorporate humor in your life.
14. Enjoy life!