If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you probably know that I used to get sinus infections and bronchitis 3, 4, 5 times a year. I learned how to boost my immune system, and I started out with just one supplement someone told me about many many years ago. Cat’s Claw. It’s inexpensive, and it works. It doesn’t work today, or tomorrow, but I took it for months and noticed I stopped getting sick so much! It wasn't long after that I changed my diet, no refined sugars, gluten or dairy. That made my health better than it had ever been.
Do you need to boost your immune system?
How would you know if you did? Here’s a few things that might be happening:
- Chronic fatigue
- Recurrent colds/infections that are longer in duration
- Wounds that are slow to heal (even just a small cut that doesn’t heal quickly)
- Excessive allergies
- Dry itchy skin/eczema
- Chronic dry nose/eyes
- Digestive problems, including diarrhea, cramping, constipation
If you have any of these symptoms it’s time to do something about it! Here are a few great things you’ll need to do if you want your health to progress instead of regress.
Drink, Drink, Drink
Water, that is! Alcohol will depress your immune system. Water is H2Oxygen. Your body needs oxygen, and disease doesn’t like oxygen. Find out how much you should be drinking and do it. Remember, I’m talking water here!
If you’re low in Vitamin D, you’re gonna have poor immune function. Here’s a great Vitamin D supplement that has helped us a ton. This one is a pretty high dose and got Chuck's D from around 15 to the upper numbers of normal rather quickly. Only do this with your health professional's supervision.
Fix Your Gut
Did you know 70-80% of your immune system is in your gut? Fix it! Probiotics are a great start, but are you going to the bathroom? Your body will thank you if you work on great bowel habits. I’ll be talking about THAT in a future post. I’m not talking about taking Metamucil or some sort of laxative to clean you out. I’m talking about getting the right nutrition. I was constipated most of my life and tried EVERYthing to stop it. When I met Natural Calm Magnesium, my life changed. And I’ve been a ton healthier. It also helps you relax and sleep better. Speaking of sleep....
Are you getting restorative sleep? If not, you’re probably feeling pretty lousy. More sleep probably won’t stop you from getting sick, but skipping some zzzz’s could affect your immune system, making you susceptible to everything that comes down the pike. Studies show that people who don’t get enough sleep, or good quality sleep, are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus.
The more sleep loss you have, the higher your levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) will be. CRP is a marker of inflammation and heart disease.
How much sleep? Most adults need 7-8 hours of good sleep each night. Teens need 9-10 and kids may need 10 or more.
Like what you’re reading? It’s from my class 28 Days to a Healthier You. You'll get lots of details on how to build your health, your nutrition, sleep and cleaning house!