10 Natural Ways To Improve Immunity

There are ads on TV that offer herbal supplements and companies offering exotic fruit extracts that supposedly boost the immune system. You wonder to yourself if there is any truth to those claims?

To “boost” something means to strengthen or increase something. Researchers say that we cannot “increase” or add to our immune system the way we can increase the number of soldiers in an army. We can however, ensure that our immune system is performing at its optimal efficiency by combating free radicals which change our cells.

Consider that your immune system is not one organ, but an interconnected system of organs so when you refer to the “immune system” you may actually be referring to your immune response.

The immune response is a protective process where the body’s defense forces actively recognize invading bacteria, viruses and fungi; release armies of antibodies that tag the invaders so that the macrophages and phagocytes can surround the invaders and “eat” them.

When you want your immune system boosted, you want your immune response to be efficient in recognizing antigens, repelling and eliminating disease and infection.

10 Natural Ways To Improve Immunity

1. Eat healthy. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. Stay away from processed foods because these tend to have been stripped of naturally-occurring nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are usually not stored in the body so you really need to eat foods that are rich in nutrients and trace minerals consistently. Antioxidants are key nutrients in increasing the body’s immunity, and especially vitamin C and the full range of B vitamins.

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2. Drink alcohol moderately and responsibly. Alcohol weakens your liver and your kidney. When organs are weak, they cannot aid in the fight against infection.

3. Stay away from mass amounts of caffeine and nicotine. These are stimulants and too much of these can disrupt your sleep patterns.

4. Get adequate rest and sleep. Most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

5. Get adequate amounts of sunlight in order to get Vitamin D.

6. Get adequate exercise. Exercise improves blood circulation and it is the blood that brings the body’s defense forces to the site of the infection.

7. Avoid sweets. Sugar encourages the growth and proliferation of bacteria.

8. Garlic has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Eating fresh garlic can help you fight disease.

9. Ensure that your digestive system has a healthy amount of good bacteria. Good bacteria help you digest your food and squeeze more nutrients from your food. Good bacteria also meet and fight the bad bacteria that you ingest.

10. Maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands, brush your teeth and bathe regularly. Doing this eliminates bacteria, viruses and fungi you pick up with your hands and on your skin.

In addition to the points above aim to reduce stress.

The best thing you can do to enhance your immune response to microbes and pathogens is to stay away from as much stress as you can. Stress taxes your whole body as well as your mind.

When you are chronically under stress, you can imagine your body’s soldiers working hard to keep your body running at top speed – your heart beating fast, your skin producing sweat to cool you down, and blood racing to deliver oxygen.

If your body’s soldiers have to this all the time to meet emergencies and possible threats, they will be unable to do their job of recognizing, tagging and fighting pathogens. Thus, stress distracts your body’s soldiers and sends them off to do a job other than protecting your body from disease.

All in all, no food supplement alone can boost your immune system. You have to take care of your whole body as well as your mind in order keep your immune response efficient. One way to aid your nutrition is to consume a concentrate form of nutritional supplement. One with a complete nutritional spectrum is best, I use and recommend Kyäni Sunrise. Please go to http://naturalsuperfoods.kyani.net to get more information.


Nutrition Intelligence – Glossary – Antioxidants, Vitamins, Phytochemicals

Glossary of Terms you may find useful. Got something you can add? Just post a comment with the details.

A

Antioxidants Group of nutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, phyto-nutrients, phyto-chemicals) which help protect your body from free radicals (caused by normal body functions, aging, pollutants, pesticides, antibiotic use and other factors).

Adaptogen – That which helps boost, balance and normalize functions in your body.

B

Bioflavanoids – Sometimes referred to as Vitamin P, these help to enhance the absorption of Vitamin C. The human body does not produce these so they must be supplied by your diet. They help to promote circulation, stimulate bile production, and act with Vitamin C to preserve and protect the structure of capillary blood vessels.

D

Demulcent – Helps to soothe and relieve internal inflammation.

E

Emollient – Helps to soothe and soften inflamed tissue

F

Free Radicals – A single or group of unstable molecules/atoms that can cause damage to cells, leading to breakdown and disease. Visualize and apple – when you cut it and leave the cut surface exposed to air.It turns brown, almost like it’s rusting. Oxidization has occurred. In a similar way unstable oxygen molecules in your body are the free radicals that cause your unprotected organs to “rust” and breakdown.

P

Phytochemicals – Literally meaning “plant chemicals”, phytochemicals are protective food factors derived from a variety of plant sources. Phtyochemicals have powerful health benefits. Whenever there is plant life, phytochemicals protect plants from attack by their enemies in the environment, like bacteria, viruses, radiation and insects. Research is now showing that we can benefit from these life-sustaining qualities as well. Good news for us. Plants have been in existence much longer than man and know much more about survival. Research indicates that phytochemicals can provide protection against some types of cancer.

T

Tonic – A product that is strengthening and invigorating.

V

Vitamins really deserve there own glossary! Vitamins are organic chemicals that are necessary for growth, metabolism, and overall health and well-being. Vitamins originate in food, and are categorized as either fat soluble (meaning they can be stored in the body for long periods of time) OR water soluble (these pass easily through our bodies, cannot be stored, must be replenished daily).

Vitamin A – Also known as Beta Carotene, a fat-soluble vitamin essential for cell growth, development, reproduction, and immunity. It is stored primarily in the liver and is considered one of the most potent antioxidants.

Vitamin B1 – Also known as Thiamine, a water-soluble vitamin, beneficial to the nervous system. It helps to convert blood sugar (glucose) into energy.

Vitamin B2 – Also known as Riboflavin, a water-soluble vitamin which helps with energy production. It must be replaced constantly. It is the most common deficiency.

Vitamin B3 – Also known as Niacin, a water-soluble vitamin, a major player against heart disease. It helps to lower cholesterol and high blood pressure.

Vitamin B6 – Also known as Pyridoxine, this water-soluble vitamin goes through the body in only 8 hours. It is needed for red-blood cell production and cellular growth. It also plays a key role in the immune system and antibody production.

Vitamin B12 – Also known as Cyanocobalamin, a water-soluble vitamin known for its energizing capabilities. It is essential for nerve tissue, promotes growth, memory and regenerates red blood cells.

Vitamin B15 – Also known as Pantothenic Acid, this water-soluble vitamin helps protect against cardiovascular disease as ell as helping with symptoms of arthritis. It helps encourage healing, protects the liver and immune system.

Biotin -This water-soluble vitamin is essential for the metabolism of vitamin C, fat and protein. It helps with healthy hair, skin and nails.

Vitamin C – This water-soluble vitamin is essential for formation of collagen (exists between cells to hold tissue together). It is necessary for growth and integrity of bones, blood vessels, teeth and gums. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and has many powerful properties; anti-cancer, prevention of blood clots.

Vitamin D – This is a fat-soluble vitamin that the skin can produce on its own when exposed to direct sunlight. In only 15 minutes a day, your body can manufacture all it needs. It is not very abundant in food, and is stored in the liver for future use.

Vitamin E – This fat-soluble vitamin is stored in many places; the heart, liver, reproductive organs, fatty tissue, and muscles. It basically works for the nervous system. It is a potent antioxidant, and helps to combat heart disease, by keeping good cholesterol (HDL) high, blood thin and blood pressure low.


Nutrition Intelligence – Essential Amino Acids – Part 11

Oh dear, we’re back on the acids! Not dangerous ones or illegal ones. Essential ones. Essential Amino Acids, the building blocks of life itself. That’s essential! Proteins could not exist without the proper combination of amino acids.

It is protein that provides the cellular structure for all living things. Proteins are the most abundant cellular components, including enzymes, antibodies, hormones, transport molecules and muscle tissue and play a key role in nearly every biological system. In it’s various forms, protein participates in the vital chemical processes that support life.

Amino acids can be classified as:-

  • Essential – required in the normal diet as your body can’t produce enough for normal bodily functions.
  • Non-essential – meaning produced in the body, not required to be supplied in your diet.

Amino acids are involved in a variety of important roles in every part of your body. Every bodily system requires amino acids to function, your immune system, digestive system, metabolism, detoxification and glucose balance. Your central nervous system, for example, cannot function without amino acids which act as neurotransmitters, or precursors to neurotransmitters.

Amino acids play a vital role by allowing dietary nutrients to be assimilated by your body.