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Do we REALLY want to boost our immunity? Part 2

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Do we REALLY want to boost our immunity? Part 2

In the last issue, we discussed some of the basic factors that support our immune system.
 
This issue has a list of possible less common items that may influence your immune system.
 
Its use is only to give you an idea of some areas to delve into if your interests are piqued.
 
Let’s wrap up this topic!

Quotes
Absorbing a healthy amount of dirt builds your immune system.
~Monty Don
 
Americans are grossly deficient in basic micronutrients and especially those phytochemicals that arm our immune system to fight cancer.
~Joel Fuhrman
 
Onions, along with leeks, garlic, shallots and scallions, make up the allium family of vegetables, which can have beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and immune systems, as well as possible anti-diabetic and anti-cancer effects.
~Joel Fuhrman

 

Other ways to balance our immune systems

Ingestables

1. About one half of our immune system is in the gut. That’s why what we eat and our stress level is so important to our health.

2. Different people have different reactions to specific foods. The most common allergenic foods are: milk, eggs, shellfish, fin fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soybean. 

Please note, you might not test positive for an allergic reaction but still be impacted if you have a food sensitivity. If you are sensitive to a food, having it occasionally in small amounts might not bother you. However, because in North America, we’re so reliant on a narrow range of foods, our sensitivities can cause problems over time.

3. Eat a diet high in a variety of whole foods, especially fruits and vegetables.  As stated, in North America, we rely on a small range of foods and spices compared to the rest of the world. This can result in ‘micronutrient malnutrition’. Variety is the key.

4. Eat organic when possible.

5. When eating fresh organic fruits and veggies, wash but don’t peel. The tiny amounts of dirt left on organic food contains a wide variety of micro-organisms that support your microbiome.

6. Eat a wide variety of fermented foods. Each food has different probiotics. Again, variety is key. A healthy, happy gut supports a healthy, happy body and a healthy, happy brain.

7. If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.

8. Below is a list of specific items that came up in a search. If possible, get your nutrients from foods rather than supplements.

  • Astragalus Root
  • Bone Broth
  • Copper
  • Echinacea
  • Elderberry
  • Folic acid
  • Ginger
  • Ginseng
  • Green Tea
  • Iron
  • Selenium
  • Vitamins A
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin D. Dr. Daniel Amen maintains it’s difficult for us to get the required amount from food and sun, and we need to take supplements. He feels we can all supplement 5,000 IUs and some need 10,000 IUs.
  • Vitamin E
  • Beta-Carotene
  • Zinc

9. Essential Oils

Essential oils such as myrrh, frankincense, and oregano oil came up a few times, as did many other oils. However, often the websites that promoted specific oils were associated with an essential oil company. Most did not contain studies.

Each oil has its own way of transmission – inhaling, topically, internal ingestion. Some are very potent and can cause irritation if used improperly. Treat them as a medicine. Learn about them and be respectful of their impact.

Some people have experienced the efficacy of essential oils and so I encourage you to research them further, if interested.

A friend of mine swears by Thieves Oil blend. Apparently, back in days gone by, grave robbers used this combination of oils so they could rob graves without contracting any of the communicable diseases that the deceased may have had.

10. Does all of this make you feel overwhelmed and twitchy all over? If you need to do a bit of movement regulation, try using this cushion while you are checking out anything of interest in the list above.

May you continue to have health and happiness.

Providing calmness & comfort, learning & laughter,

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