Our immune system consists of a complex network of organs such as the spleen, bone marrow, tonsils (if you still have them), adenoids (which is the tissue found at the back of your throat), the lymphatic system as well as body parts like the skin, hair and blood.
With winter on its way in the Northern hemisphere, it is time to boost your immune system to keep you safe from those winter colds and flu.
This immune system works hard to defend you against germs but unfortunately it sometimes fails and that is when you can become sick. If your immune system has become weakened for any reason, you need to intervene to make it strong once more.
Signs and symptoms of a weakened immune system
- Constant feeling of tiredness
- Never having any energy
- No control over your stress levels
Some people think they can just take a few vitamins and all will be well again but vitamins, even when taken on a regular basis, are not enough. They are only the part of the process of renewing your immune system.
You will need to make other changes to your lifestyle
Learning to relax and how to control the stress levels to raise the levels of immune antibodies, which are proteins that attach themselves to foreign bodies (germs) and destroy them to keep you from getting sick. Those who are comparatively stress-free will have high levels of antibodies. Find something that suits you to help you to relax. Meditation is one way where you empty all thoughts in the mind by breathing very deeply and focusing the mind on something pleasant. This process improves the uptake of oxygen and relieves tension throughout the whole body so the stress levels go down and the immune system is boosted.
Getting enough snooze time because you really do need that seven to eight hours of sleep regularly every night to boost your immune system. Good quality and regular sleep gives the immune organs the opportunity to regenerate, repair and renew for the restoration of energy.
Quitting the smoking habitbecause this increases the risk of infection and once you have that cold, flu or other infection, it is harder to get rid of, you can get recurring sore throats and often this leads to bronchitis. In addition to smoking weakening your immune system, smoking increases the risk of heart and lung disease while it can also bring on early menopause.
Eating a healthy diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruit, organic and free range eggs, poultry, meat, butter and dairy products while staying away from all processed foods, sodas, sugar and artificial sweeteners. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water daily and including exercise in your daily routine will all help to boost that immune system.
Making time for enjoyable hobbies and pastimes as life should not be all about just working and sleeping with no play. You will know the things that you enjoy doing and maybe you are just not fitting such enjoyment into your daily life. Make sure you have time to include all those things that interest you – it is relaxing and will make your life more content.
Vitamin D is an incredible asset to your health and to your immune system.
Boosting your vitamin D levels is a very important way to improve your immune system. If it is summer, you should be able to get all the vitamin D you need by exposing as much as skin as possible to the sunlight several times a week for at least 15 minutes a session or longer if your skin is darker. The optimum time is between 10 am and 2 pm and stay in the sun long enough for your skin to start turning pink. Move into the shade but don's slather on the sun block because that will undo the benefits of the sunlight. If you live in a colder climate, make sure you take vitamin D3 supplement in sufficient quantity. Vitamin D deficiency affects over half of the population, is almost never diagnosed, and has been linked to many cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain, bone loss as well as autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis. It is almost totally absent from our food supply.