An efficient and balanced immune system is the key to maintaining good health. It protects us from diseases, allergies and slows down the aging process. Our immune system is like a team of organs working together mainly made up of the skin, bloodstream, digestive and lymphatic systems. The Lymphatic system is a network made up of lymph nodes and vessels, the spleen and thymus gland that produce lymphocytes which destroy and eliminate invaders.
Unhealthy lifestyles, poor health habits and toxic environmental conditions can compromise and weaken our immune system leaving us susceptible to infection. Immune system enemies are: poor nutrition-low vitamins A & C levels in the body, stressful lifestyles, lack of sleep, smoking, excess alcohol, caffeine, drugs, sugar, food additives, pesticides and pollutions. The signs of low or imbalanced immunity are those that are excessive or frequently sick. Chronic illness can cause allergies, food intolerances, auto Immunity, digestive problems, fatigue, soreness and poor skin.
We can boost our immunity by adding healthy foods, herbs and teas to our diet and maintaining healthy lifestyle habits:
- Healthy Diet. Eat foods high in vitamins A, B complex, C and E; high in Zinc, Calcium and Selenium, green leafy veggies and berries. Acerola, Rose Hips, Barley & Wheatgrass powders, Green Tea, Green Rooibos, Hemp Seeds
- Healthy Outlook. Positive outlook on life. Laugh, spend time with friends and loved ones.
- Healthy Habits. Regular sleep and exercise. Yoga and meditation. Spend some daylight hours outside.
- Incorporate Immune Boosting Herbs: Shitake, Maitake and Reishi mushrooms, Cayenne, Ginger, Black Pepper, Astragalus, Echinacea, Eleuthero, Oregano, Thyme, Usnea
For additional information on increasing your immune system, read my blog on 10 Ways Herbs Boost Immunity.
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