Food for Thought – Immune System
Be aware that every cancer treatment damages your immune system – many times deliberately. With chemotherapy, they often shut down the immune system completely. I don’t like that idea as it leaves you with nothing to fight back with.
Foods that boost your Immune System
- Nutrition, or your diet, is the single most important key to having a strong immune system.
- fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and wholegrains
- Try porridge with reduced-fat milk, or poached or boiled eggs on wholegrain toast, and some fruit.
- Drink some tea. For thousands of years the Chinese have used green tea to treat many aliments including colds and coughs, body aches and pains. Tea is a natural source of antioxidants called flavonoids, which help strengthen the body’s immune system.
- Include yoghurt in your diet. Yoghurt is a good source of healthy bacteria, and a food known for its immunity boosting properties. Make a special effort to up your yoghurt intake if you are taking antibiotics, as the healthy bacteria can ease an upset stomach caused by the antibiotics.
- Honey and Cinnamon are good for the immune system. Great on crumpets!
- Drink your lemons. Lemon is the ideal food for restoring acid-alkali balance.
- Eat plenty of protein. Protein is a building block for a healthy body, mind, and immune system.
- Vitamin C – increases the production of infection-fighting white blood cells and antibodies. It is also a potent antioxidant.
- Probiotics – these are good bacteria that inhibit the growth of bad bacteria in the gut and promote those that aid digestion and promote a healthy immune response to infection.
- Glutamine – is critical for normal brain and immune function. It is the natural form of the amino acid glutamine and also a component of glutathione, the body’s primary antioxidant.
- Garlic – the primary active agent in garlic is allicin, and it is a well known antioxidant. Garlic also helps to fight pathogens, making it excellent for combating infections and viruses.
Lifestyle habits that boost the Immune System
- Sleep is important not only for rest and rejuvenation, but also for supporting the immune system.
- Moderate exercise is an excellent way to support the immune system.
- Recurring infections, slow wound healing, allergies, thrush, colds, and flu are all signs that the body’s immune system is not functioning as it should.
- However, if you do suffer from recurring infections, it is likely that you have taken antibiotics to try and overcome them. As a result, antibiotics are now the biggest cause of fungal and bacterial infections. This is because they create an environment in the body that favours fungus and bacteria – killing off the good bacteria that keep the bad bacteria in check.
- aromatherapy for relaxation will improve your immune system. Essential oils that are renowned for their relaxation qualities include tea tree oil, chamomile, and lavender. These can be used in a burner, in the bath, or in massage oils.
YouTube: Paul Andersen explains how your body protects itself from invading viruses and bacteria. He starts by describing the nonspecific immune responses of skin and inflammation. He then explains how we use antibodies to disrupt the function of antigens and mark them for destruction. He then explains both the homoral and cell-mediated immune response highlighting the importance of B and T lymphocytes. He finally describes the process of long term immunity.