How To Impprove Your Immune

Whenever you grab your remote and turn on the TV, there are numerous ads promoting various herbal supplements and offers for exotic fruit extracts. These offers are said to boost your immune system, but don’t you wonder if there is really any truth behind these claims?

The word “boost” means to strengthen or increase something. However, researchers tell us that we can’t “increase” or add to our immune system. But, we can ensure that our immune system is performing at its optimal efficiency.

When you consider that your immune system is not just one organ, but an interconnected system of organs. Therefore, whenever you refer to the “immune system,” you may really be referring to your immune response.

The immune response is a protective process where your body’s defense forces actively recognize invading bacteria, viruses and fungi. It then releases armies of antibodies that tag the invaders so the macrophages and phagocytes can surround the invaders and devour them.

When your immune system is boosted, you want your immune response to be efficient in recognizing antigens, and to repel and eliminate any disease or infection.

10 Natural Ways You Can Improve Your Immunity

1. “Eat healthy.” Eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. Stay away from processed foods because these tend to have been stripped of the naturally occurring nutrients. Vitamins and minerals are usually not stored in the body so you really need to eat foods that are rich in nutrients and trace minerals consistently. Antioxidants are key nutrients in increasing the body’s immunity, and especially vitamin C and the full range of B vitamins.

2. Drink alcohol moderately and responsibly. Alcohol weakens your liver and your kidney. When organs are weak, they cannot aid in the fight against infection.

3. Stay away from mass amounts of caffeine and nicotine. These are stimulants and too much of these can disrupt your sleep patterns.

4. Get adequate rest and sleep. Most adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep every night.

5. Get adequate amounts of sunlight in order to get Vitamin D.

6. Get adequate exercise. Exercise improves blood circulation and it is the blood that brings the body’s defense forces to the site of the infection.

7. Avoid sweets. Sugar encourages the growth and proliferation of bacteria.

8. Garlic has antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Eating fresh garlic can help you fight disease.

9. Ensure that your digestive system has a healthy amount of good bacteria. Good bacteria help you digest your food and squeeze more nutrients from your food. Good bacteria also meet and fight the bad bacteria that you ingest.

10. Maintain good hygiene. Wash your hands, brush your teeth and bathe regularly. Doing this eliminates bacteria, viruses and fungi you pick up with your hands and on your skin.

Reduce Stress

The best thing you can do to enhance your immune response to microbes and pathogens is to stay away from as much stress as you can. Stress taxes your whole body as well as your mind.

When you’re chronically under stress, you can imagine your working hard to keep your body running at top speed – your heart beating fast, your skin producing sweat to cool you down, and blood racing to deliver oxygen.

If your body’s soldiers have to do all this, all the time to meet emergencies and possible threats, They will be unable to do their job of recognizing, tagging and fighting pathogens. Thus, stress distracts your body’s soldiers and sends them off to do a job other than protecting your body from disease.

All in all, no food supplement alone can boost your immune system. You have to take care of your whole body as well as your mind in order keep your immune response efficient.

Learn how “The Whole Food Lifestyle” and help keep your body operating on all cylinders and at the same time, eliminating harmful toxins into your system to keep you in the best of health for many, many years to come.

 

Signs That You Are Exhausted

Here are three reasons why you might be feeling that way and you may want to look into changing it if you want better habits! Stay healthy with good sleep and feel energized.

Too Much Sleep
What am I talking about that if you sleep more you feel more exhausted?! That sounds ridiculous and I know that no one wants to hear it but that is true. Scientists call oversleeping drunkenness because it feels sort of like a hangover. When you sleep too much, you’re throwing off that biological clock, and it starts telling the cells a different story than what they’re actually experiencing, inducing a sense of fatigue. You might be crawling out of bed at 11am, but your cells started using their energy cycle at seven. This is all very similar to jet lag, if you have ever experienced it. But oversleep isn’t just going to ruin your day. If you’re oversleeping on the regular, you could be putting yourself at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Devices
The infamous put your phone down or laptop away before you lay down for bed. OH NO! You can’t miss out on your nightly scroll through Facebook to see what everyone is up to or to just laugh at stupid memes all night. Well here is the problem, you start to scroll and then after two hours you don’t realize how long it has been and now you cut your 8 hours of sleep into 5 1/2 hours which isn’t sufficient enough and you will be more exhausted in the morning! It’s not only bad for your sleep schedule to just lay in the dark and scroll through social media but it is also terrible for your eyes. You are constantly putting strain on your eyes when you are in a dark room with a bright light close to your eyes. This is not only bad for your sleeping schedule and can decrease your chance of getting a full night of sleep but it is also bad for your eyes and can cause severe headaches. PUT YOUR PHONE DOWN!

Alcohol
Yes, I know sadly alcohol can create more bad than good. We know that you get hangovers already, that wear you out and make you more lethargic. Well folks that can create more exhaustion and feelings of not wanting to get out of bed or plain out not doing anything all day but eat and lay around. The day after drinking copious amounts of alcohol and barley any water is going to dehydrate your body like crazy and make you feel like garbage. If your end game is to get back on a good schedule and stop feeling so tired and worn out, so that you can enjoy life, then you need to cut down the alcohol in your life and learn a healthy happy balance.

 

All About Colloidal Silver

Silver may be a precious metal you know about already. But did you know that there are healing properties to it, when you use it as a holistic medication? Colloidal silver can help with a variety of different ailments, and it will give you a new view of health. It has been used for thousands of years to stimulate good health, and a variety of other benefits. It’s with that in mind that the following may be worth investigating a bit. The following are the top 10 benefits and uses of colloidal silver today.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

The first major benefit has everything to do with the reversal of inflammation in the body. Often times, when you feel pain in your body, it’s due in large part to the fact that you have tissues that are inflamed and are difficult to manage. When you take a pain reliever, it’s anti-inflammatory in nature. Silver can do the same, only it’s done with easier recovery, few to no side effects, and can actually prevent inflammation from starting. That’s right, before your body gets inflamed tissue, you can thwart it, and that’s due to the anti-inflammatory elements of this solution.

Reverse Ear Infections

Infections of the ear can be difficult to manage. Even going to a doctor will not suffice, as you’ll be prescribed drops to place into the ear canal. Well, silver can help by killing bacteria that can get trapped at the ear drum or underneath. Within a few days, you could very well enjoy your hearing and ears free from pain again. This can even help with “swimmer’s ear”. Not only that, it’s gentle enough to use with children’s ears, so if they get an infection, test this method out and see how it can very well work miracles for your ear infections.

Heal Skin Irritations

Your skin is made up of several layers, and the layers can get irritated, inflamed, and yield rashes. This is a difficult thing to avoid, and when you have any sort of skin issue, you may want to itch it, for relief. That only spreads the problem, and can cause a variety of problems with your dermis. Colloidal silver can help alleviate the burning, itching, and minor cuts you may have on the dermis. It does so through an anti-septic property, and heals from the inside out. Applying it to the skin directly, can help with stimulating cell regeneration and repair.

Fight The Common Cold

Used as a natural remedy to help with common colds, you could very well see yourself well and good within a short span of time. In fact, studies have shown that you could very well see complete results within days sooner than going with over the counter medications. The healing properties of silver help with removing inflammation in the sinuses, and alleviating coughs, associated with the common cold. It helps from the nasal cavity to the throat tissue, and works within a few days, helping people get back to work faster than ever before.

Bring Back Your Voice

Ever have a sore throat? Throw out your voice? Well, with silver, you can gargle it with a little bit of water, and you can find your voice return faster than having to just rest it. The silver’s properties help with the tissue’s inflammation and help give you a little boost in repairing your larynx with ease. Getting your voice back after a concert, or repairing damage from yelling too much is tough, but with silver, you can make the healing process go a lot smoother, and easier, that’s for sure. It’s a simple option that beats having to stay quiet too long.

Cleaning Vegetables

Did you know that you can easily clean your vegetables with vinegar, water, and silver? Mix this up, and you can remove all microbes, pesticides, herbicides, and wax that may be on your vegetables. You can never be too careful about what you’re consuming, and with this little mix, you could very well save yourself from getting sick when you eat spinach, lettuce, or many other vegetables that have recently been found contaminated and recalled. Avoid getting sick, and ensure that you’re feeding your family clean food, with the assistance of silver.

Helping Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections are tough to deal with, but you can fight back with a little silver. Researchers studying UTI problems in adults found that patients that used colloidal silver to help with reversing the issue and even staving off future problems. This is promising research for those that have been dealing with continual problems with their urinary tract. Healing infections faster, and alleviating the discomfort that comes with this problem is an incredible push forward, and that’s thanks to the homeopathic option found here. You can boost your urinary tract, without having to go to extremes, that’s for sure.

Boost Your Immune System

Whole offices get sick. They have staff that come in, get sick, and have to call out. Some work forces suffer greatly because of this, and yet in every office there’s that one person that is left standing. How do they avoid getting sick? What is their secret? Well, it could very well be silver. You see, this can boost the immune system, and can fight infectious elements before they form into full blown disease. Boosting the immune system will help you fight against colds, flu, and other viruses that can get your whole workplace sick. Imagine not having to call in sick, getting all your work down, and not having to worry about sickness during the seasonal changes, and you can see why this is so important.

Fight Against Food Poisoning

Are you an adventurous eater? Well, silver can help you not only digest your food, it can help you fight against food poisoning. Every year, millions of people try new foods and find that they cannot stomach some of the more eclectic of cuisines. But you can enjoy whatever you’d like, and test the limits with a little boost form silver. This helps with digestion, kills bacteria, and optimizes your body’s internal acids so that you can break down food, avoid getting sick, and enjoy foods from around the world. It fights against food poisoning, so you have peace of mind when tasting new things.

Keep Your Dentist Happy

Silver has been shown to help with repairing decay, and tooth enamel. It has also been found to help with bleeding gums. The anti-inflammatory elements kill bacteria, help strengthen teeth, and boost the fluoride ion that you may be using in your toothpaste. To get the results here, you’ll need to swish silver, gargle a little, and spit it out. Let the elements get into the teeth and gums, and you’ll see results come through in a matter of weeks. Your next dental visit is going to be stellar, and it’s all thanks to this, and of course good hygiene. Test this out, and see how impressed your dentist will be next time around.

 

Stay Well With Fitness

Fitness is an obvious key to overall wellness. Though it may be surprising to some, fitness is easier than many think. Fitness levels aren’t necessarily readily apparent by looking at someone either. I’ve attended and participated in many races, walks and rides and it’s not always the most fit looking individuals that are having a strong finish. So, although you may not feel that you have the typically “fit” body type it doesn’t mean you aren’t, can’t or won’t be fit. Cardio fitness is the key! Having a strong, healthy heart is the most important thing on which to focus. If you make having a strong heart your goal, other things like weight loss, stronger muscles, stronger bones and increased lung capacity will naturally follow.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “FIT”?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical fitness is defined as ‘the ability to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue, and with ample energy to enjoy leisure-time pursuits and respond to emergencies.’ A lot of people today huff and puff after walking from the car into their workplace, or walking around the grocery store. Our lives are no longer designed to maintain physical fitness. In years past just living promoted fitness, working to grow or gather our own food, hunting, building our dwellings, carrying water, were all physical tasks. Humans didn’t have time to sit around and become unfit. If they did, it was because they were dying! In their book, Younger Next Year, Chris Crowley and Henry Lodge, MD, cover this evolutionary phenomenon in detail.

WHY IS FITNESS IMPORTANT?

With most Americans today leading sedentary lifestyles the importance of getting regular exercise to stay fit has become even more important than in the recent past. Exercising regularly and increasing your cardio fitness works to decrease your risk of many diseases. This includes heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Other diseases that are reduced include diabetes, stroke, and colon cancer. Exercise also helps to increase lung capacity, getting more oxygen to your brain more easily. It also helps to improve joint health and flexibility as well. One of the other main reasons people begin to exercise is to control their weight. All these effects combine to help to reduce the effects of aging on our bodies, and add years to your life.

In addition to the physical benefits of exercise, there are many mental benefits as well. Exercise is shown to release endorphins into the blood stream which help reduce stress and elevate moods. Studies show that it can even have a positive impact on mild depression. People who exercise on a regular basis have generally better self esteem and attitude toward life. They sleep better at nights and have more energy throughout the day. Studies also show that they have better memories.

Another, rather unexpected, benefit of exercise is that, because many people workout in groups, it satisfies another basic need… human connection. Even if exercise only takes place once in a while with other people, this very necessary social interaction has mental health benefits. A great example of this is Mom & Baby exercise classes. New mothers often feel isolated and overwhelmed. Many yearn for an adult to talk to throughout the day. Mom & Baby classes provide an important outlet for new moms to get exercise, adult conversation, and connection. It’s a great place to get babies socialized as well!

HOW MUCH EXERCISE IS NECESSARY TO GET FIT?

The amount of exercise needed has been a point of great debate for a number of years. Some sources say that at least a half an hour a day, five times a week is the minimum requirement. Others state that one can start with as little as 5-10 minutes a day or even just a couple of times a week and gain some benefit. However, getting some sort of exercise every day will help reap the benefits more quickly. Of course, the more you exercise, the more stamina you will build and the more you will be able to exercise. Once you begin to feel the benefits it is easier to stay motivated and WANT to exercise more.

IS THERE SUCH A THING AS TOO MUCH EXERCISE?

Yes there is. It is well known that some individuals can become obsessed or addicted to exercise. This is particularly well documented in cases of anorexia nervosa, where exercise is overly used in combination with other things, to lose weight. This use of exercise is classified as a mental illness and is not something the majority of people are prone to. Recently however, studies have been indicating that years of endurance training can actually be damaging to the heart. This has been shown in individuals who train for and participate in a number of marathons, ultra-marathons, and Ironman triathlons. Again, it is not something the general exerciser has to worry about. If you are looking to become more fit or maintain fitness, the current guideline is 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise is plenty.

LOW IMPACT VS HIGH IMPACT, WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

Low and High impact exercise are terms that are sometimes used to describe the cardio intensity of the workout. But there is much more to it than that. The impact level also indicates whether your feet are leaving the ground and how much. Hiking and elliptical machine workouts are considered low impact because one of your feet is always on the ground, there is little to no jarring effect on your bone structure. High impact exercise such as running where both feet are off the ground for a split second cause more of a pounding effect on your skeleton. Low impact exercise includes cycling and swimming as well as other water exercises like aqua jogging are water aerobics. These type of activities are great for individuals with any type of joint issue or beginners at exercise. Your heart rate doesn’t increase as much as with high impact workouts such as running or jump roping. High impact exercise has the benefit of a greater cardio workout and has been shown to build bone density. High impact exercise should be reserved for those without bone or joint issues and with a moderate to high level of fitness.

Being active and fit is so essential to overall wellness I’m going to borrow from Nike and say JUST DO IT!!! The benefits can be noticed very quickly after beginning, especially the mental health benefits! Be patient with yourself and realize that every little bit helps on your journey to wellness.