7 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Are you a person who is worried about the next coming “cold & flu season”?

Are you one of those people that always seems to catch whatever bug that is going around your work, school or neighborhood?

If you live your life afraid that any sneeze or cough is going to get you sick, then this information will help you.

I know that you don’t want to live in fear of germs or in fear of getting sick. I know that you want to live more fully, doing what you want, when you want to do it.

And fortunately, you don’t have to.

There are safe, natural and effective methods that are proven to boost your Immune System so you can stay healthy. A strong Immune System is what will fight off any bacteria or virus that you come in contact with so you don’t get sick.

I am going to share with you here information and tools that will help you to:

  1. Strengthen your Immune System on a day-to-day basis thus preventing you getting sick in the first place.
  2. Fight off an infection more effectively and more quickly if you happen to have already become sick.

Why Do You Get Sick?

A sick person sneezes over your shoulder in an elevator. A passenger spends the whole flight coughing in the aisle seat next to you. Your child or spouse comes home feeling sick, so naturally, you’re going to get it too, right?

Maybe. Maybe not.

If the Germ Theory were 100% true, 100% of the time, you would get sick in each of these scenarios. But I’m sure you’ve been sneezed on before by a sick person and you didn’t end up getting sick. I’m sure you’ve taken a flight with sick people on board and you still didn’t get sick. So there are times when you are exposed to germs yet your body doesn’t get sick. Why is this?

If the Germ Theory were 100% true, 100% of the time, I personally, would be getting sick all of the time. I see sick patients every day in my office because they have been taught to make sure they get in to see me when they’re sick. If they are starting to feel sick then I can help them head it off before it fully develops. Or if the cold or flu has already overcome their body, then I can help them get over it more quickly.

In a study by the University of Michigan, researchers found that when they deliberately infected their subjects with the influenza virus, only half of the people actually got sick from it.

These subjects weren’t exposed to the virus in a casual way either. They didn’t just touch a doorknob or sit in the same room with an infected person who was sneezing and coughing. All of the people in this study got the virus sprayed directly into their noses!

But still ONLY HALF of them got sick.

If the Germ Theory were 100% true, 100% of the time, then ALL of them would have gotten the flu.

Think again about the elevator ride or the plane flight scenario… If did have the unfortunate experience of being in close quarters with a sick person and you later got sick as well, do you think that everyone that came into contact with that person got sick too?

Did everyone on that elevator come down with the same cold hours or days later?

Did everyone in your row get sick too? Or because of the recycled air system, did everyone on that plane go home and get sick as well?

It’s possible…but probably not. That just doesn’t happen. If it did, it would surely be hearing about it on the news every day: “Another 324 passengers all come down with the same flu that took Flight 212 out of Atlanta…”

The reason why it doesn’t happen is because getting sick isn’t about the bug. Getting sick is about the condition of your Immune System.

“Believing that bacteria cause sickness is like saying mosquitoes cause swamps or flies cause garbage dumps.”

Dr. Fred Barge

The reason why you get sick is because your Internal Resilience is overcome by External Forces.

The External Forces that weaken your Immune System defenses are:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Lack of sleep
  • Chronic negative emotional states
  • Dehydration

When you don’t eat right, don’t get enough sleep, don’t exercise or don’t manage your stress effectively, you run your Immune System down and you become depleted.

Your body becomes unhealthy so your Immune System isn’t able fight off the bacteria and viruses you’re exposed to every day.

But if you do the things that keep your body healthy, then your Internal Resilience can withstand the outside stressors and you won’t get sick.

Things like:

  • Eating proper foods and getting proper amounts of nutrients
  • Exercising regularly
  • Getting plenty of sleep
  • Drinking lots of water
  • Managing stress
  • Feeling happy

 

Your Immune System Is a Police Force Working Inside Your Body

policemanYour Immune System is working for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Its job is to constantly monitor your entire body and protect it from foreign invaders.

It is like a police force inside your body. White Blood Cells (WBC’s) roam around through the bloodstream and through the lymph identifying pathogens that might harm you.
When a macrophage or a T cell or an antibody detects a foreign invader, it engulfs it, kills it and eliminates it. They also sends signal to other WBC’s for help just in case they need it.

But if your Immune System isn’t functioning properly, then the pathogens can get the upper hand and continue to infect your body and cause harm. Most people think the bacteria or virus causes the symptoms of being sick when those symptoms are actually mechanisms used by your body to help heal itself.

Fever = increased body temperature kills off pathogens that are designed to live at normal body temperature.

Sneezing, runny nose and coughing = all ways of getting the pathogens out of your body.

Chills = the muscle contraction of shivering produces heat that can kill off the pathogens. The cold sensations you feel cause you to bundle up which will further raise your body temperature.

Vomiting & Diarrhea = other ways of expelling harmful bacteria or viruses from your body.

Decreased Appetite = the energy your body expends in digesting food can be better used at the time to fight off the foreign invaders. When you get your appetite back, that’s a good sign that your body has overcome the infection.

Painful, Swollen Lymph Nodes = these glands are police stations of WBC’s and these symptoms are signs that your Immune System is fully engaged in fighting an infection.

Many over-the-counter cold and flu medicines only treat the symptoms of the sickness and do nothing to help your Immune System fight off the infection. In fact, they may even weaken the body’s defenses by stopping the very methods it is using to heal you.

Antipyretics lower fever making it more difficult to kill off the bacteria or virus.

Antihistamines stop the runny nose and sneezing but they keep the pathogens inside your body longer.

Cough suppressants stop the coughing but they keep the pathogens inside you as well.

Analgesics alleviate the pain but it doesn’t cure the source of the problem.

The result of taking these OTC’s is you might feel a little better. But you will usually stay sicker longer. Instead of feeling miserable for a few days being sick, you will feel only moderately miserable being sick for a week or more.

The most common medical treatment for when you are sick is a prescription for an antibiotic.

Antibiotics only work on killing bacteria though. They do not kill viruses. The flu is caused by the influenza virus so if you’re prescribed an antibiotic for the flu, it won’t do you any good. The only way to know if your infection is bacterial or viral is to perform a culture, which typically takes 24-48 hours for test results to come back. However, most patients leave their doctor’s office with a prescription for an antibiotic anyway. Despite that the infection might be viral in origin, patients are given an antibiotic regardless.

This dangerous overuse of prescription antibiotic drugs weakens your body because it also kills off your own natural flora that reside in your gastrointestinal tract.

There are healthy bacteria that live in your stomach and intestines that help keep your body in balance and healthy. Your natural flora helps your body to digest parts of your food that you can’t breakdown on your own. They help to make vitamins you need and to crowd out other unhealthy bacteria in your gut.

This is why taking “pro-biotics” is so important if you’ve taken any prescription antibiotics because it helps replace the natural flora that is indiscriminately killed off by the pharmaceutical drugs. Now it is evident that their overuse has been a huge mistake and has left us vulnerable to new, more dangerous illnesses.

Antibiotics cause increased gene mutations in bacteria as they try to adapt and survive the attacks. This has produced pathogens that are now antibiotic resistant and now cannot be killed off by prescription drugs. In 1941, Staphylococcal bacteria were vulnerable to the most common antibiotic at the time, penicillin. By 1944, some strains of the bacteria were already resistant to it. So in just 3 years, the bacteria had adapted to resist penicillin treatment. Today, 95% of Staphylococcus is resistant to penicillin. In addition to Staph, strains of tuberculosis, gonorrhea and others are antibiotic resistant as well.

Does this mean that if you come in contact with these antibiotic resistant pathogens that you’ll die?

No. If your Immune System is strong and adaptable and is functioning properly, it can protect you even from these “superbugs” so you don’t have to worry about them.

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

Fortunately, keeping your Immune System strong and healthy can be done naturally, simply and cheaply.
Obviously, living a healthy lifestyle is vital for not only your Immune System to work properly, but for your whole body to function properly.

5 healthy habits that you can do on a daily basis to boost your Immune System are:

  1. Drink plenty of water. Your body needs to be properly hydrated for your Immune System to continually flush out toxins and foreign invaders.
  2. Get plenty of rest. Your body does 90% of its healing while you are asleep it is important to regularly get 8 hours of sleep per night to be healthy.
  3. Manage/cope with your stress well. Overwhelming or chronic negative emotional stress interferes with the functioning of your white blood cells so it is no surprise that stressed out people get sick more often.
  4. Exercise regularly. Moving your body with exercise and stretching increases the circulation of your lymph allowing your white blood cells to find more potentially harmful bacteria and viruses that might be hiding in your body.
  5. Eat well and get proper nutrients. Like all parts of your body, your Immune System needs the proper building blocks to create a strong police force to protect you effectively.

This list should seem to be intuitively correct to you. It should make sense that too much stress, not enough sleep, too much sugar, alcohol and smoking will weaken your body’s defenses. This will cause you to get sick more often and stay sick for longer.

If you’re already feeling a little sick, here is a list of things you can do to help your body fight off the infection.

And while focusing your attention on these healthy lifestyle factors is crucial, there are also 2 highly effective nutrients that you can take to help boost your immune system as well.

One you can take on a regular basis to keep you immune system strong as well as help prevent heart disease, cancer and high cholesterol = Vitamin D (read more here).

Another you can take when you first feel the symptoms of a cold or flu coming on to help fight it off better = Colloidal Silver (read more here).

Put this important information to use so that you can enhance your Immune System and bolster your defenses against any bacteria, virus or other foreign invader that you might come in contact with.

About the Author

Dr. Jay Warren has been a prenatal and pediatric chiropractor for 17 years. He is also the Wellness Care Coordinator at the CAP Wellness Center in San Diego, CA where 90% of his practice is pregnant or postpartum women and babies under one year old. Dr. Jay is a proud member of the ICPA and APPPAH (the Association or Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health) and the host of the podcast “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” in iTunes. His online program, “Connecting with Baby” guides pregnant women through processes to strengthen maternal bonding for a happier pregnancy, gentler birth and easier post-partum experience. Dr. Jay is also the proud father of his 3 year old son, Niko who keeps him very busy (and happy) outside of the office.