The flu is a not so nice and sneaky virus. It easily spreads from one person to another. Are we doomed to succumbed to effects of the flu virus? No! The biggest step that can be taken to beat the flu is by beefing up the immune system.
Here is how Boost Your Immune System
1. Conduct a self assessment. It behoves us to take a step back from ourselves and look at our environment, our lifestyle, our nutritional intake, and our spiritual, mental, and emotional state. Negative influences from these categories can have a huge impact to our immune system. Make a list of what could lower the immune system. Here's an example of what a list may look like.
- External environment: fumes (from work - diesel trucks), use of solvents, pesticides, and household cleaning materials.
- Lifestyle: Sleep (4-5 hours on average), Work 12 hours each day.
- Diet: Fast food
- Spiritual Cultivation - no time
- Mental/Emotional State - stress
2. Remove the immune lowering offenders such as the toxins from your environnment. If it seems overwhelming, begin with one step at a time. For example, instead of using harmful pesticides, use products made from natural sources, such as chrysanthemum flower tea or a spray made from cayenne, onion, and garlic. Use cinnamon powder for ants and roaches don't care for bay leaves. Its important to note that cigarette smoke and the consumption of large amounts of alcohol will have a negative impact to the immune system.
3. An effective working digestive system is crucial when it comes to your immune system. If a diet consists of fast food, processed food, food high in dairy and red meat, and you have digestive concerns (e.g., gas, bloating, intestinal cramping, diarrhea or constipations), it may be time to work on healing the digestive tract. The gastrointestinal tract (GI) is responsible for receiving in nutrients, breaking down nutrients, nutrient absorption, and then waste elimination. A long term diet of fast food or processed food can impair digestion and cause intestinal irritation. Partially digested protein (e.g., gluten, milk, etc.) can enter into our blood stream. The body's immune system attacks these foreign invaders causing an inflammatory response, which in turn can lead to a variety of chronic health conditions. Begin the healing by avoiding all fast food, processed food, simple sugars and refined carbohydrates. Reduce or eliminate dairy and red meat intake. Reduce overall meat intake. Hydrate! Drink adequate amounts of water. Strive for a high fiber diet that is 60% raw fruit, vegetables, fruits, nuts (avoid if allergic) and seeds. If possible, add fermented vegetables (e.g., kimchi or sauerkraut). Homemade meat stock, soups, stews, and natural fats should be a staple in the diet.. Enjoy beans, legumes, brown rice, and whole grains. As we age so does the amount of hydrochloric acid (HCL) produced in our stomach. HCL breaks down protein, helps with nutrient absorption and kills bacteria in our stomach. Not having enough HCL can create a host of problems such as heartburn and indigestion after a meal. The symptoms reflect an over production of HCL, but the symptoms can mirror an under production of HCL. If this is the case, supplement your meal with HCL betaine or digestive enzymes and a probiotic.
4. Your spiritual state impacts your thoughts. Your thoughts affect your emotions. Your emotions affect your physical body. For example, listening to the evening news on a continual basis can be quite depressing, causing anxiety and stress. This has an impact to your physical body which may lead chronic health conditions (e.g., hypertension). On the flip side of the coin, confidence that our Creator has all things in hand, results in peace, contentment, and provides the ability to focus on whats really important. I've learned that much of what we hear on the news are half truths, not the full story and in many cases should be taken with a grain of salt. It is easy to put one's self in a tizzy over what we've heard, and in the grand scheme of things most of it does not really matter.
Consider the scriptures that follows.
Proverbs 15:30 ...A good report gives marrow to the bones.
T-cells and white blood cells are part of the immune system and are found in the bone marrow. Red blood cells are produced in the marrow.
Proverbs 17:22 A rejoicing heart causes good healing, But a stricken spirit dries the bones. My thoughts: Osteoporosis? Lowered immune system?
I am a complementary and alternative health care practitioner, a certified Iridologist through the International Iridology Practitioner's Association (IIPA), an aromatherapist, and an herbalist. I received my training through the American College of Healthcare Sciences, University of New Mexico Continuing Education, the Southern Institute of Natural Health, Grand Medicine, International Institute of Iridology, and Tree of Light.
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