Your immune system protects you against colds, flu, and infections, but that’s just a drop in the bucket!
Here are all the other things your immune system does for you that you might not know about, and how to make sure yours is working like it should.
Your immune system is an incredibly intelligent network of cells, tissues, fluids, and glands that is literally all through your body and on patrol 24/7.
It is the primary reason behind whether you are reading this article now, or did not wake up this morning.
Here are some more of its job duties:
Your immune system quickly recognizes cancerous cells and destroys them, thereby keeping you from becoming a statistic.
Fighting the battle
Although the world’s population is about 7.1 billion people, humans are incredibly outnumbered by trillions of microorganisms that are everywhere and can threaten your health.
And your immune system fights to protect you against every single one!
It’s a good co-worker
Your immune system assists with the functioning of your endocrine system, nervous system and detoxification system. As such, it can influence your hormone levels, your mental health, and liver function.
Your immune system is brilliant and knows the difference between dangerous substances and nourishment, as well as proteins that are foreign versus those that are a part of YOU.
This is important because if your immune system targeted every single molecule you took in (including food) you wouldn’t be able to digest anything…and would keel over pretty quickly.
When things go wrong
Since your immune system has such a significant impact on your health and life, when things go wrong, it can have devastating consequences.
The three primary categories of immune problems are:
1- Asthma and allergic reactions
Food allergies, environmental allergies, and asthma are all examples of the immune system overreacting to an antigen and launching an inflammatory response.
These immune responses can range from mild (such as coughing, sneezing or a runny nose) to a life-threatening reaction (anaphylaxis).
Our immune systems may lose the ability to distinguish “self” from “a dangerous invader.” This is called autoimmunity, and when this occurs, your immune system begins attacking your normal healthy cells and organs.
Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and psoriasis are all examples of autoimmunity.
Immunodeficiency is a condition where your immune system acts too slowly against a threat and does not provide the protection your body needs to successfully combat illness.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are examples of immunodeficiency conditions.
7 Ways to support a healthy immune system
Here are 7 ways you can help keep your precious immune system in tip-top shape for years to come.
Limit sugar and refined carbs
Sugar and refined carbs (which turn to sugar upon digestion) feed cancer cells, harmful yeasts, and parasites and depress your immune system functioning.
So avoid the white breads, pastries, cookies, donuts, cakes, bagels, rolls, white rice, crackers and snack chips.
And stay far away from the #1 health wrecker in existence—SODA.
Have a good laugh
Laughter exerts positive influences on your immune system!
De-stress and get some rest
Both stress and lack of sleep are harmful to your intestinal gut flora, which houses 70-80 percent of your immune system.
Do what you must to lower stress in your life (regular exercise works wonders!), and make sure you get enough sleep each night.
Nutritional support with vitamin B12, probiotics and vitamin D
Vitamin B12 is crucial for the formation of red and white blood cells, which boost your immune function.
Although B12 can be found in foods like meats, fish, eggs yolks and cheese, its absorbency in the GI tract can be limited, especially if you use acid reducers.
So an oral vitamin B12 spray like Hydroxaden 2.5 can help make sure you’re getting the B12 you need since it’s absorbed through the mucus membranes in your mouth and bypasses the GI tract.
Since most of your immune system resides in your gut, it's essential to make sure that you have a healthy population of beneficial gut bacteria to support it!
Supplementation with a top-notch probiotic like Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is the single most effective step you can take to encourage a healthy intestinal flora balance.
Vitamin D helps tame your immune system’s inflammatory reactions, and therefore it is helpful for autoimmune conditions, asthma, and allergies.
In addition to getting 20 minutes a day of unprotected sun exposure, a top-notch supplement like Optimum DK Formula with FruiteX-B can help ensure your body has the vitamin D your immune system so desperately needs.
Drink 8 glasses of water a day
Water is vital for cell and lymphatic system health—both of which are crucial to proper immune system functioning.
Ditch the antibacterial products
Exposure to various microorganisms actually makes your immune system stronger!
So ditch the anti-bacterial soaps and hand goo. Ordinary soap and warm water are all you need to keep yourself clean.
Carefully weigh vaccines
Vaccines are designed to trigger the development of antibodies to a virus, contending that if antibodies are created, immunity has been achieved.
But that’s like saying if you dump flour in a pan and put it in the oven, you will make a cake. Flour is only one ingredient in cake batter, and antibodies are only one small component of human immunity.
Your body creates immunity by contact with a virus through the mouth, nose or skin, and processes it through a series of intricate steps that includes your GI tract.
Vaccines bypass this plan by injecting viruses into a muscle (which would never occur in Nature) and provoking your immune system into producing antibodies. But this is not “immunity” as Nature designed it, and our experiences support this—many people contract the very illnesses they were vaccinated against.
Plus vaccines depress your immune functioning for several weeks, which means you are even MORE susceptible to illness.
If you choose to vaccinate, please read the package insert in its entirety prior to injection. Package inserts are vastly different from the “information sheet” your doctor’s office gives you and may be downloaded from the FDA website.
Take care of your body’s gold—your immune system—and help it to protect you like it should!
To your health,
The information in our articles are NOT intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and are not intended as medical advice.