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What is your immune system trying to tell you?
In order for us to thrive we need a strong immune system, that much we know. But how do we keep it strong?
-A balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables raised in a pesticide free soil and mercury free omega fats.
-Supplements like Vitamin C, D and Zinc are a must in addition to B1, B6, B12. Quercetin supplement improves the absorption of Vitamin C but it can stand on its own merits for its role in fighting viral infections and its benefits in protecting the endothelial cells that line the arteries and veins- a recent research in Montreal has discovered. Quercetin is found in apples, onions, capers, red grapes, cherries and green leafy vegetables.
–Fermented foods like sauerkraut and probiotics provide a huge boost to the good bacteria numbers found in the gut.
–Sleep and plenty of it.
-Avoid Chronic stress. Stress should come and go according to the immediate dangers in our lives. Overthinking a past trauma keeps that danger on a continual conveyor belt, fatiguing our adrenal glands. Then chronic stress starts to break down the immune system. Personally I’ve been guilty of overthinking. It got me in trouble.
Some old fashion approach.
–Breast-feeding. Transfer factors are present not only in the white blood cells- I’ll do a whole blog one day on them alone- but also in mammalian colostrum which is “a milky fluid released by mothers who just gave birth before the breast milk production begins. It’s an important source of nutrients that promotes growth and fights disease in infants.” -Google definition. Colostrum “helps jumpstart newborn immune systems and educates them about disease-causing microbes encountered by the mother during her lifetime.”-Transfer Factors & Immune System Health by Aaron White, PhD.
-Washing our hands is just as important as grounding ourselves. What do I mean by grounding? Walk barefoot outside on dirt, dig with your hands in the garden, get close to the earth and share the benefits of releasing EMF through this connection, allow your body to pick up good bacteria necessary for our own survival, but stay away from toxic chemicals sprayed on grass, like Roundup. We live in a bubble of overly clean homes we’ve created for fear of germs, but most of the cleaning products are full of toxins which we breath in and have skin contact with ending up hurting and weakening our immune system more than helping us. Switch to non-toxic cleaning products.
–Laugh. For those who can’t see the photos attached (One minute of anger weakens the immune system for 4 to 5 hours. One minute of laughter boosts the immune system for 24 hours.) and (7 ways laughter benefits your health: 1. Reduces stress hormones. 2. Improves circulation. 3. Give your muscles a workout. 4. Improves your immune system. 5.Boost the natural painkillers. 6. You’ll feel a lot happier. 7. More positive in life.)
–Community.– We’re like a universe within ourselves. If we isolate we start to break down. Isn’t it interesting that cells who isolate themselves turn cancerous?
–Move. Any form of exercise is good, it moves the lazy (sluggish in medical terms) lymphatic system- which is like a garbage pick-up service of the circulatory system- and keeps the toxins from backing up in our own bodies. Here I would also add deep breathing, an alternative for those too weak to exercise but beneficial for all. Personal story here: At one point during my fight with Lyme I lived in bed for months. I was fighting severe air hunger which is linked to a co-infection called Babesia, leaving my breathing frail. Due to prolonged lack of movement my lymphatic system, from waste down anyway, was mostly blocked, meaning is was hardly moving. Upon my Lyme specialist naturopath’s insistence I forced myself to move as much as I could, which at times that meant one trip to the kitchen before severe nausea, body shakes and at times seizure attacks took over. I understand how it feels to be utterly debilitated and not have the energy to go check your mail.
A different kind of medicine allows an integration between alternative and western medicine. The latter has been proven of little help in giving answers or cures when it comes to Lyme disease, MS, cancer and other autoimmune issues. Maybe one day that will change. I’m hopeful.
Find ways to alleviate your sadness with laughter. I know for some people today is a hard day.