Step 1, to a more suitable immune function; let’s begin to eliminate the worst offenders in its suppression, namely:
– All forms of sugar and sweeteners
– Processed food
– Corn and soy
– Hydrogenated fats
– Factory farmed animal products (meat, dairy)
– Chemical additives and preservatives
– Heavy metals (amalgam fillings, root canal fillings, pollution, most seafood)
– Pharmaceutical Medications
– Erratic sleep patterns
Any one of these offenders can severely suppress your immune system. If you engage in several, the compounding effects leaves your system unable to do its job effectively which in-turn makes your body a willing host for cancer.
Incorporate the immune system building blocks
The second step to proper immune function is to enlist powerful allies that help defend the system and respond to various offenders on a day-to-day basis. These powerful immune system supporters include:
– A wide variety of clean, local, and fresh vegetables and fruit, notably garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, peppers, cruciferous vegetables, wheat grass, dark leafy greens, lemons, and berries
– Vitamin C (camu camu, acerola cherry, guava, kale, oranges)
– Vitamin D (sunlight and/or fermented cod liver oil)
– Zinc (pumpkin seeds)
– L- glutamine
– Probiotics (sauerkraut, coconut kefir, apple cider vinegar, kombucha)
– Antibacterial agents like Echinacea, goldenseal, uva ursi, and colloidal silver
– Antiviral herbs like una de gato, pau d’arco, Astagalus, olive leaf, and oil of oregano
– Adaptogenic herbs like Reishi, Astragalus, Gynostemma, and Ginseng
– Pure, clean water
– liposomal vitamin C
– Moderate exercise
– establishing a good sleep pattern
The quickest way to see the results of an improved immune system is to stop doing the things that suppress it. Then, transition your lifestyle to include more of the immune system builders. This will supercharge your immune system and adequately prepare it for your fight against cancer.
Vitamin D is critical for overall immune function, and can help prevent and reverse many types of immune related diseases, such as cancer. See my articles on Vitamin D.
Take vitamin C
Vitamin C is a commonly known immune booster and is a product typically stocked up on with the winter season approaching. Encapsulated vitamin C is the best form, see my articles on vitamin C.
Note: you don’t have to take a supplement as many vitamins as long as you are ingesting plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. This ensures that the bioavailability is very high so that it can be properly assimilated, and allows you to avoid any other ingredients present in some vitamin C supplements like corn starch, magnesium stearate, and other diluents.
Consume organic, fresh where possible or shade dried, pesticide free medicinal mushrooms, Reishi mushrooms:
In recent years, scientists have been studying the benefits of medicinal mushrooms on the immune system and have found the key to be connected to their beta-glucan content. Beta-glucans have been known by scientists as “biological response modifiers” that bind to the surface of immune cells, which gives them better coordination in their attack.
This compound also activates certain immune cells, such as T-cells, macrophages, natural killer (NK) cells and cytokines interleukin 1 and 2. This helps strengthen the immune response to microbial invaders.
The stronger the response of your immune system, the less likely you are to come across an infection that is tough enough to take you down. We have been using medicinal mushrooms on a consistent basis and the strengthen our student “patients” immune system for years and the results are simply amazing.
Go heavy on the garlic: Use allicin garlic daily.
Garlic has been long known for its potent antibacterial, viral and fungal properties, which strengthens the gastrointestinal and immune systems. Making it a part of your food preparation and incorporating it into a tea with lemon will give your immune system some more back up.
Today garlic is a widely recognized health enhancing supplement. Garlic promotes the well-being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic’s most potent health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity.
Garlic bulb The active component in garlic is the sulfur compound called allicin. Allicin is the chemical produced when garlic is chopped, chewed, or bruised. Allicin is quite powerful as an antibiotic and a potent agent that helps the body to inhibit the ability of germs to grow and reproduce. In fact, it’s said that 1 milligram of allicin has a potency of 15 standard units of penicillin.
Recently researchers in Oxford and America have published some summaries of all the good data on garlic. Garlic is known to stimulate T-lymphocyte and macrophage action, promote interleukin-1 levels, and support natural killer cells. Strong activity of these key cells promotes healthy immune system function, and strengthens the body’s defenses.
Garlic has germanium in it. Germanium is an anti-cancer agent, and garlic has more of it than any other herb. In lab tests, mice fed garlic showed no cancer development, whereas mice that weren’t fed garlic showed at least some. In fact, garlic has been shown to retard tumor growth in human subjects in some parts of the world.
In addition to all these health benefits, garlic is packed with vitamins and nutrients. Some of these include protein, potassium, Vitamins A, B, B2 and C, Calcium, Zinc and many others.
Drinking lemon juice or eating a few slices of lemon will stop bad garlic breath.
Garlic for Health
Today, we know garlic is an excellent herb for creating and maintaining overall health, but it also has many lesser known, but powerful qualities. For example, many people don’t know that it’s a naturally powerful antibiotic. This natural antibiotic is effective against toxic bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Available in pills, capsules, liquid and actual raw cloves, garlic is one of the most popular healthy herbs around today.
Garlic and Cancer
Current research has shown that a number of readily available foods such as garlic and onions that make up a healthy diet, actually have a major impact on cancer. The protective effect of garlic seems to be greater than that of onions, even though onion consumption has been shown to reduce the risk of stomach cancer. These cancer fighting foods seem to have the ability to interfere with the development of cancerous tumors.
The October 2000 issue of the American Journal of Nutrition had a summary of a number epidemiologic studies which showed that people who consumed cooked or raw garlic on a regular basis compared to those that ate little or none had about half the risk of stomach cancer and one-third less risk of colorectal cancer.
This remarkable little bulb now tops the American National Cancer Institute’s list of potential cancer-preventative foods. It contains multiple anticancer compounds and antioxidants, more than 30 at the last count, which such powerful compounds as quercetin, diallyl sulphide,allin and ajoene. These have the ability to block cancer causing agents such as nitrosamine and aflatoxin which have been specifically linked to stomach, lung and liver cancer. Garlic’s ajoene and allicin have also been shown to retard cancer cells as a type of natural chemotherapy.
Fermented vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, enzymes and probiotics, which are all significant factors in strengthening your immune system.
Homemade are the best option due to freshness and the fact you do not need to pasteurize them, which increases their medicinal qualities. See my links on fermenting vegetables.
Get enough rest
An often underestimated factor for boosting your immune system is getting enough rest, and at the premiere times of the day.
Since the majority of your energy goes to repair and rejuvenation during sleep, it is one of the most important things to do correctly. This means getting to bed before 11pm to facilitate deep sleep in the early hours of the morning (when the best repair takes place) and allowing at least 7 to 8 hours of solid, relatively uninterrupted sleep (taking no more than 5 minutes to get back to sleep if you wake up).
Give yourself some you time to absorb the information.
There are many ways to strengthen your immune system, but it often takes some time to get it to the point that you are virtually bulletproof to the mass majority of bacteria and viruses that are taking others down.
Using the ideas above, combined with a clean, whole foods diet rooted in fresh produce, will ensure your immune system builds itself up properly. On the flip side, avoid all sugar, pasteurized dairy, Pharmaceutical products, glutinous grains, and alcohol so you don’t suppress your immune system either.