8 Do's and 8 Don'ts to Enhance Your Immune System

19.04.2020 by Cardiac Bulletin

These 8 factors impede the immune system and should be minimised or avoided:

1. Sugar and excessive carbohydrates

2. Junk food

3. Chemicals and food additives

4. Tobacco and alcohol

5. All of the above impair immune function and therefore assist disease development. Insufficient exercise and inactivity prevent detoxification and proper function of all body systems, creating physical strain on the immune system.

6. Prolonged stress causes hormonal interference.

7. Lack of sleep impedes vital regenerative actions, which usually take place during periods of deep sleep.

8. Lack of exposure to sunlight causes vitamin D deficiency.

Since this essential vitamin is needed for initiating the production of over 200 different antimicrobial peptides, which in turn have the potential to kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, it is logical that cold and flu season tends to start in October, when due to reduced daylight hours and less inviting weather conditions, we get much lower dosages than in the summer months.

Implement these 8 factors to support proper function of the immune system:

1. Engage in sufficient physical activity to get lymphatic system, nerve function and digestive system going. Unlike the circulatory system, the other systems depend on active motion, as they do not have a built in motor themselves. The motor is you.

2. Enjoy the outdoors throughout the year to get enough daily sun exposure for sufficient vitamin D production.

3. Keep your immune system in great shape with a nutritious diet. It should be rich in vitamins, minerals, fibres, proteins, enzymes, organic whole grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, fresh greens and sprouts. Recognizable nutrition is much more potent for the body than man made chemicals.

4. Drink lots of fluids to facilitate proper function of all body systems.

You can flavour your fresh drinking water with herbs, lemons, limes, ginger and cinnamon or brew herbal teas in large batches to consume throughout the day.

Our favourite anti-inflammatory golden milk recipe featured in Cardiac Bulletin Issue 1, in the article “Golden goddess – turmeric”, makes a wonderful spiced cold-weather beverage.

5. Test your vitamin D levels and provide extra dosages with nutritional supplements. Adults need an average of 5000 IU per day. (35 IU per pound of body weight).

6. Get adequate immune support by augmenting your diet with immune strengthening supplements and herbal tinctures, such as echinacea, goldenseal and elderberry.

7. Laughter and humour have a beneficial effect on the immune system. Spirituality puts us in communication with our true self and our environment. Therefore it reduces stress and increases causative thought and action. The motto “mind over matter” definitely applies. If you are having trouble staying positive and need motivation, I recommend listening to the entire 20 minutes of Admiral William H. McRaven's commencement address to the 2014 graduates of Texas University on YouTube. It has a potential to put things into perspective.

8. Get plenty of sleep.

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