Overcoming any virus, flu, bacterial infection or coronavirus begins by understanding your immune system is different from your neighbor, sibling and or spouse. This is important because your immune system is what is going to keep the infectious germs from setting up shop and making you sick, and instead look for a more susceptible person to land and multiple on.
Washing your hands, coughing in your elbow, fist bumps and sanitizer are all good things to practice, but it’s your immune system that truly makes the difference and protects you. Why do you think when someone walks on a plane, classroom or house…the entire plane, classroom or family doesn’t get sick?
It’s your immune system! It’s an individual thing. Think of it like your own little security force guarding your body. That’s what it does, it makes antibodies, white blood cells, lymphocytes to kill-off foreign invaders. The question is, is your security force fully maned? Or are you running at 75, 60 percent or less efficiency?
What determines the strength of your immune system? Rest, good nutrition and stress!
What hampers your immune response? Not enough sleep, fun or sun, too much stress, lack of good nutrition.
Rest and sleep are simple things to do, but if you aren’t doing it – don’t expect your immune system to be up to the task of keeping you as germ-free as you want to be.
Good nutrition is more than swallowing more vitamin or some magic drink. You need to look at your acid-alkaline balance. Is your diet making your body more acidic or alkaline? The more acidic you are the more prone to ill-health you are, whereas when you are more alkaline you have less health issues.
Keep in mind, viruses, bacteria, parasites and other microbes and pathogens thrive in an acidic environment, whereas they don’t do so well in an alkaline environment. This also applies to cancer cells.
What makes you acidic? Soft drinks, juices, energy drinks, coffee and yes protein shakes. Processed white flour, white sugar, your processed grains! Most of your pre-packaged, fast, convenient, junk foods and snacks. I can’t forget about beer and alcohol either.
What makes you alkaline? Minerals! Fruits and veggies are loaded with minerals. Doesn’t it say in Genesis “I give you all the green plants and fruits to eat?” Plus, they bring along with them lots of other important nutrients and phytochemicals that help support your immune system.
The question is, are you getting your 6-8 servings of fruits and vegetables a day? If you’re not, the quickest and easiest way to get alkaline and reduce your risk of catching an infection is – grab a green drink or a capsule formula. Do this once or twice a day and you will quickly get your body more alkaline, while also providing your body with a lot of nutrients your diet is missing. Maybe that’s why they are called supplements, you’re not getting them in your daily diet and need to supplement.
Lastly, it’s stress and dis-stress, because stress weakens your immune response! So, get control of your stress, and remember stress isn’t just worry, fear and anxiety. Lack of sleep is stressful. Exercise is a form of stress! Can your body handle the amount of physical stress you are placing on it?
Not all exercise is stress reducing! It’s the intensity of your workout that determines if it is stress reducing or stress producing.
Let’s not forget about all the dis-stress, as I call it, we place on our body, by making the wrong dietary choices. If we eat the wrong foods and trigger our blood sugar to go up and down all day or skip meals or delay eating. This triggers more of your stress hormone cortisol, which hinders your immune system.
The other dis-stress we un-necessarily throw on our body comes from all the irritation and inflammation our tummy has to deal with when we eat foods that we know irritate our tummy. This produces inflammation. How does our body respond? Your adrenal glands produce more cortisol to reduce the inflammation. Again, it is more cortisol racing through your body, weakening your immune system.
Too much stress and adrenal over-load will also throws off your metabolism, hormones cardiovascular system and the list goes on.
So, if you want to strengthen your immune system, get your body alkaline (fruits and veggies or a green drink) and reduce the level of stress and dis-stress in your life! Swallowing more supplements is helpful, but you also need to quit doing the things that weaken your system too. It’s a game of pluses and minuses!