You may choose to vaccinate yourself against viruses, but strengthening your immune system remains the best defense against sicknesses like chickenpox and shingles.
Exposing yourself to viruses is not enough to create lasting resistance, particularly if your immune system is not functioning optimally. Unhealthy lifestyle choices like regular consumption of processed foods and not getting enough exercise or sleep will compromise your immune function, causing you to succumb to diseases easily.
Follow these guidelines to strengthen your immune system:
- Limit sugar (especially fructose) and artificial sweetener - Reduce your fructose consumption to only 25 grams per day. Avoid drinking soda, fruit juices, and other sweetened drinks. As much as possible, make clean, pure water your primary beverage.
- Focus on eating organic whole foods – Avoid consuming processed foods as much as possible. Ideally, your meals should contain organic and/or locally grown whole foods. Also include as many different foods as possible per week (10 -20) and include those that are prebiotic (e.g. wheat bran, artichoke, chicory root, green bananas, leeks) and probiotic (e.g. fermented dairy products and traditional cheeses)
- Eat more high-quality fats - Contrary to popular belief, eating fat will not make you fat. Instead, it will help satiate you and can be used as an energy source. The best sources of healthy fat include:
Olives and olive oil
Raw nuts and seeds, such as pecans, macadamias, pumpkin and sunflower
Oily fish such as wild salmon, mackerel, sardines and rainbow trout
Organic full-fat dairy including butter and eggs, but especially fermented products such as Greek yoghurt, Kefir and traditional cheeses (e.g. blue-veined or with a rind_
Unheated organic nut oils including coconut
- Exercise regularly – There are a wide number of studies that prove how beneficial exercise is to your health. Regular physical activity increases your circulation and blood flow, allowing components of your immune system to fight an illness before it spreads.
However, hours-long cardio sessions are not enough to promote optimal fitness. I recommend incorporating a wide variety of exercises, such as aerobic exercise such as walking and swimming plus core-stability exercises, strength training, and stretching (the latter three are, happily, all covered by yoga practice with the added benefit of relaxation).
- Optimize your vitamin D levels – The best way to do so is getting appropriate sun exposure e.g. 1o minutes in daylight with arms and/or legs exposed without sunscreen. In the winter season and/or overcast weather, a Vitamin D3 supplement is recommended.
- Consider taking Lysine and Vitamin B-12 - if you feel your immune system is currently compromised or you suspect you may be experiencing viral symptoms
- Try grounding – Also known as Earthing, grounding is defined as placing one's bare feet (or hands) on the ground, whether it be dirt, grass, sand, water or even concrete (especially when it's humid or moist). The earth has a large concentration of negatively charged electrons that promote an improved balance of the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Further, studies have shown that grounding can help improve blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, nervous system balance, and stress management. It can also reduce the damage of electromagnetic fields (EMFs).
- Reduce your exposure to toxins – Although there are myriads of toxins in the environment, there are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to them. Most importantly, wash your hands regularly with mild soap. Then throw away anti-bacterial household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products plus toxic air fresheners, bug sprays, and lawn pesticides and insecticides. Replace all of these with all-natural alternatives. Also eliminate antiseptic mouthwashes to preserve your 'good' oral bacteria.
- Get plenty of sleep – Lack of sleep has been associated with serious problems like depression, coronary heart diseases, and even cancer. Disrupted circadian rhythms can have a profound negative impact on your health.
- Manage your stress – Stress can have a profound effect on your physical health and may prevent your immune system from effectively protecting you against viruses and pathogens. Address your emotional issues by using stress management methods, which can be as simple as meditating, journaling or exercise. Once you have resolved any emotional issue, your immunity, along with genes that help fight infection, are reactivated.
Your immune system is naturally designed to fight viruses. The natural immunity you receive from exposure to a virus is proof that getting temporary protection against vaccines is no match against letting nature run its disease-preventing course.
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