Mountain Granny's Immune System Building a Healthy Immune System

Building a Healthy Immune System

Chronic diseases are caused by a malfunctioning immune system.

Immune systemA healthy immune system is the most important function your body performs to keep you healthy and free from illness. It protects your body against bacterial and viral infections, destroying cancer cells and foreign substances. If it weakens, its ability to defend the body also weakens, allowing pathogens to grow and flourish. It manufactures proteins called antibodies and produces T-cells specifically designed to target particular pathogens so the body can develop a specific immunity to these pathogens.

Symptoms that indicate your immune system is not working well and may need boosting include:
1. Chronic Ear infections
2. Chronic sinus infections
3. Catch colds or flues easily
4. Seems like you are always on antibiotics for one thing or another
5. Skin rashes
6. Candida overgrowth
7. Food allergies
8. Hay fever
9. Multiple chemical sensitivities
10. Gastrointestinal disorders
11. Asthma
12. Shingles
13. Anxiety/depression
14. Parasites
15. Wounds take a long time to heal
16. It’s hard to get rid of infections

Below are just a few chronic diseases caused by a malfunctioning immune system.
All Cancers
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Epstein Barr Virus
Celiac Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Multiple Sclerosis

What Causes a Weakened Immune System?
Poor nutrition or diet
The overuse of antibiotics
Vaccinations (check out this Web site; and this article; Do Vaccines Disable the Immune System?)
Hormone imbalances
Toxic overload — exposure to toxins, chemicals and heavy metals in our environment, homes, water and food
Stressful lifestyles which can also effect the adrenal glands
Drugs — recreational and prescription drugs
Excessive alcohol

A Few of the Supplements and Herbs That Boost Your Immune System:
1) Echinacea — Echinacea activates white blood cells. It may also increase the production of interferon, an important part of the body’s response to viral infections. For this reason Echinacea has traditionally been used for colds and flues.
2) Beta – 1,3/1,6-Glucan — Beta-glucan enhances the immune system and lowers blood cholesterol levels. Studies have shown beta-glucan to activate white blood cells. Research reveals that beta-1,3-glucan is very effective in activating white blood cells called macrophages and neutrophils. They provide one of the first lines of defense against invaders. An activated macrophage or neutrophil can kill tumor cells as well as activate other parts of the immune system.
3) Curcumin — Curcumin is an extract from turmeric which is a spice used in India for cooking and dishes such as curry. Curcumin is especially known as a free radical scavenger and has been shown to protect DNA from oxidative damage. There is ongoing research on curcumin and its effects on cancer, Alzheimer’s and cystic fibrosis.
4) Vitamin C with Rosehips
5) Vitamin D3 taken with calcium and magnesium for proper absorption
6) Vitamin B complex
7) Vitamin K
8) Zinc
9) Goldenseal
10) Hyssop
11) Olive leaf
12) Raw Garlic
13) Ginger
14) Uva Ursi
15) Neem leaf
16) Nettle leaf
17) Chlorella
18) Spirulina
19) Burdock root
20) Fenugreek
21) Yarrow
22) Yucca root

Some More Ways to Boost Your Immune System:
1. Get an adequate amount of sleep
2. Eat a healthy diet, preferably vegan
3. Reduce the stress in your life
4. Get plenty of fresh air and spend time outdoors; this is the best way to get the proper amount of Vitamin D
5. Laugh a lot
6. Exercise (find something you enjoy)
7. Foods that you should eat include garlic, onions, reishi, shitake, and maitake mushrooms, extra virgin olive oil, dark green and yellow vegetables, berries, raw nuts and seeds.
8. Eat vegetables raw or steamed to preserve the nutrients.

Until we meet again.


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