Our immune system is our rock.
It fights to keep us working and alert. A failing a immune system results in sickness or disease, however there are many ways we can assist our automated system and support its work.
The immune system is backed by the nervous system which acts as a sensory radar detecting incoming threats and orchestrating sophisticated responses- like sneezing, coughing, or our favorite, snotting. The skin, or integument, protects us from particulate matter in the environment and the gut protects us from assailants in food or drink.
With so many organ systems at work to keep us functioning and moving, it is important to keep all systems at their peak.
You are what you eat, So eat well.
Stay away from foods that cause irritation to your immune system, such as genetically modified foods. Aim to eat “real” meals that are colorful. The more colorful the plate, the better it is for you.
Mind your Nose.
Cleanse the nasal, pharynx and throat by using a nasal wash or neti pot at least once per day. If using a neti pot, place a half teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of baking soda into the water in the pot for a natural cleanse.
Salt is nature’s purifier and naturally inhibits the growth of many organisms, bacteria and/or viruses. Include a pinch or third of a teaspoon onto your food or in a glass of water periodically throughout the day. We do not recommend using table salt! Fully mineralized salt is more compatible with body chemistry function and supplies much-needed minerals and nutrients to the body. Given its mineral content, fully mineralized salt tends to be either gray or colored (like red, pink, black).
Stay Cool, but Not Too Cool.
If we get too cold, the immune system reacts by secreting mucus, or shivering to generate heat, or sneezing to excrete offending organisms which are always present. If we’re too warm, we go to another extreme by excreting the salts that are a natural barrier against most organism overgrowth in the system. Be mindful of the climate and dress accordingly to maintain a healthy body temperature.
Drink Mo’ Water.
If you see that your skin is dry, then internally you don’t have enough water in your system to keep the blood flowing smoothly and systems operating effectively, including elimination. Elimination also contributes to the immune function of our guts.
Go to Sleep!
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