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13 Simple Things You Can Do to Support Your Immune System

Magic and mystery abound in the immune system of your body: a wondrous universe of leukocytes: communicating, defending and remembering…

You know what happens when a body dies? Although not a pleasant picture, it makes the point. Bacteria takes over immediately and decomposition begins.

Your entire immune system works unceasingly to destroy invaders and keep you healthy. Fortunately, the whole miracle is orchestrated on the unconscious level, however there are simple things that you can doconsciously to support the white blood cells as they fiercely stand guard to keep you well.

Anything that invigorates your body supports your immune system! 

Thirteen suggestions:

1. Eliminate social stressors. A report cited in the Harvard health Publications:

Social stress can be even more damaging than physical stress. For example, some mice were put into a cage with a highly    aggressive mouse two hours a day for six days and repeatedly threatened, but not injured, by the aggressive mouse – a “social stress.” Other mice were kept in tiny cages without food and water for long periods – a “physical stress.” Both groups of mice were exposed to a bacterial toxin, and the socially stressed animals were twice as likely to die.

2. Spend more time outdoors. We spend 90% of out time indoors. Get out in nature.

3. Exercise. The lymphatic system is part of  the immune system, but does not have it’s own pumping feature as does the heart to circulate the lymphatic fluid through the body. This is why the twisting, bending and stretching of yoga is so beneficial.

4. Make sure you get “deep sleep.” This is the non-REM (dreamless) part of the sleep cycle when physiological maintenance occurs.

5. Eliminate refined sugar, white flour products and all processed food.

6. Eat only good quality fish. Totally eliminate red meat.

7. Cook with Asian mushrooms: shitake, maitake, enoki and oyster.

8. Eat 3-4 servings of fruit a day and 4-5 servings of vegetables. Variety is key.

9. Use olive oil for cooking.  And as a salad dressing with fresh lemon.

10. Cook with garlic. Allow crushed garlic to sit for 15 minutes before adding it to your food.

11. Take a vitamin E supplement. Look for a product that has the mixed natural tocopherols, 400-800 IU daily. No need to spend money on all the various supplements on the market touted as immune system boosters.

12. Laughter is good for the immune system.

13. Praise your immune system everyday. Everything responds well to praise.

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