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Twelve Tips to Boost Your Immune System

CC photo courtesy of Life Mental Health via Flickr
CC photo courtesy of Life Mental Health via Flickr

Winter has arrived, and with it a plethora of  stomach viruses, colds, flu and bronchitis. The best offense is a good defense. Keeping your immune system strong is one of the best ways to stay well.

Twelve Tips to Boost Your Immune System

  1. Drink half your body weight in ounces of pure water every day (up to 100 ounces unless working out or sweating) to keep your immune system strong.
  2. Make sure you are eliminating after every meal so germs do not have a place to “hibernate” in your body. If there are three trains going in, there should be three trains going out. Remember 70 percent of your immune system is in your colon.
  3. Take time to do a cleanse. If you are weak or very ill, I would encourage you to check with your healthcare professional before beginning a cleanse. You have lots of choices when choosing a cleanse. Your needs will depend on what is best for you. You might choose a high-fiber colon cleanse, a candida cleanse, a liver cleanse or a Xenoestrogen cleanse.
  4. Get plenty of sleep at night, and be in bed before 11: 00pm. Work toward getting seven to nine hours of sleep, as this is when your body heals. It’s optimal to sleep from 10:00pm to 6:00am. Although this may not work for you, staying as close as possible to these times allows your body the best sleep.
  5. Eat healthy foods, including lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (raw or steamed, never microwaved). Shop around the outside of the grocery store. If it’s in a bag, bottle or can, then leave it in the store.
  6. Eat cultured dairy products, such as organic yogurt, cultured vegetables and kefir to boost your immune system. They are loaded with natural probiotics that populate your colon, where 70 percent of your immune system is. Take a refrigerated probiotic supplement.
  7. Avoid the foods that deplete your immune system, particularly coffee and soda, and anything containing white sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Drinking just one can of soda depletes your immune system by 90 percent for the next five hours.
  8. Use silver on your hands. It can kill pathogens for up to four hours. One dab in each nostril also helps as a barrier for what you are breathing in.
  9. Spritz or diffuse essential oils in your room, or rub them in a carrier oil on the bottom of your feet. Oils go into every cell of your body within a minute and boost the immune system. Oils like tea tree, thyme, eucalyptus, lemon and marjoram are good choices.
  10. When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your bloodflow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads.
  11. Take Vitamin D3 to boost the immune system.
  12. Wash your hands. Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap. It’s completely unnecessary, and it causes far more harm than good. Instead, identify a simple chemical-free soap that you can switch your family to, and add a few drops of lemon oil (unless you are sun sensitive) for an extra boost.
This information is for educational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose and treat diseases. If you have any health problems, consult a health practitioner before embarking on any course of treatment.

About Tonja Wells, CNHP, NHC

Tonja Wells is a Certified Natural Health Professional through Trinity School of Natural Health and a Certified Herbal Health Consultant through Tree of Light Institute. Tonja has also travels throughout the United States, teaching Schools of Natural Health for the nation’s largest herb company. She has been working as an herbalist since 1994 years and offices in North Richland Hills. She began working with herbs to overcome the major health issue of Fibromyalgia. After regaining her own health she began her educational journey in herbal health and nutrition and now works full time as an herbalist designing herbal health and nutritional programs for her clients.
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