5 Things to Improve Your Immune System

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” ~Mahatama Gandhi

“Every human being is the author of his own health and disease.” ~Buddha

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” ~Thomas Edison

“The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food.” ~Hippocrates

A day no longer goes by without someone talking about Ebola. It is all over the news and now it is on people’s minds; whether in the front or back, the seed has been planted.

So what can we do to protect ourselves? I personally feel our biggest form of protection is in the strength of our immune systems.

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Rather than going into fear mode or feeling there is nothing you can do, I suggest there is absolutely something you can do to help protect yourself.

Whether this threat is real or not, isn’t it time to get your immune system into top shape so if by chance things do escalate you know that you are doing everything you can?

Don’t be a sitting duck for any virus, bacteria or disease. Get your immune system in shape. Here are five things you can begin right now to do just that.

 

1. Get more sleep

This is probably one of the most important things you can do to improve your immune system. Our immune systems really start to kick in and go up in strength when we are getting enough good quality sleep. Anywhere from 7 to 9 hours is recommended, as is being consistent in the time you go to sleep and get up in the morning.

If sleep is a problem for you, then find out what the cause is and seek help. Make this a priority.

2. Eliminate processed foods and sugar

It is no big secret that processed foods are wreaking havoc on our health. Plain and simple, these foods are destroying our immune systems. Instead or processed foods, eat a diet abundant in whole foods, preferably organic.

If it comes in a bag, box or can, read the labels very carefully to make sure it is not loaded with preservatives or sugar. Whole foods do not come in boxes or bags so be aware and use this as your guide.

3. Reduce your stress

Stress happens! This is the world we live in today. Whether the stress comes from the bustle of our busy lives or from things going on in the world, we have to take measures to mitigate its impact on our health.

Get rid of any stressors in your life that you can, and lessen the impact of those you can’t by getting regular exercise and doing meditation or using deep breathing exercises or any other activities that bring you peace and calm.

4. Laugh often

This may seem like a strange suggestion. Laughter, however, has been shown to boost our immune systems quite dramatically. There is nothing like a good belly laugh to ward off those pesky viruses. Laughing is also a great way to reduce stress by lowering our cortisol levels.

So watch a funny movie instead of the evening news–you just may feel better.

5. Detox and cleanse

Fall is a great time of year to get your house ready for winter. The same goes for your body. Never in the history of mankind have we been exposed to so many toxins. They are in our environment and in the foods we eat.

We do have some control over this toxic load, especially within our own homes. Rid your home of toxic cleansers and hygiene products and replace them with something more natural.

As for your body, fall is a great time of year to cleanse. You can do a specific cleanse or just eat more naturally cleansing foods, such a beets and greens. Also, increase your intake of water to help flush those toxins out.

Remember we are responsible for our own health. It is easier to prevent illness than to cure it. Arm yourself this fall and winter by doing what it takes to boost your immune system.

It really is your best defense.

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