My desire to stay well has much more to do with building my immune system all year-round rather than just surviving this year’s holiday or flu season. Nearly 1 of every 2 men, and 1 of every 3 women will be faced with a cancer diagnosis and it’s imperative to continuously support and build up your immune function to live cancer free and healthy!
Seasonal changes, aging, and stresses of the holiday’s can suppress your immune system and leave you depleted by the beginning of the New Year. Using natural supplements, foods, and lifestyle changes throughout the year can help your maintain your strength and stay well. NOW is the time to put these immune powerhouses into practice for the entire year.
Here are my ESSENTIAL IMMUNITY BOOSTERS:
#1. My personal favorite…SLEEP. Poor sleep interferes with your immune function, multiplies your chances of getting sick, decreases longevity, and drastically affects your ability to fight cancer. Less than 7 hours a night and you’re doing yourself a health disservice! Read more about the importance of sleep and how to maximize your sleep benefit here.
#2. It thrills me to see TURMERIC more widely available. Turmeric is a cancer cell destroyer and works on nearly every type of cancer. It’s active compound, curcumin, has the ability to simultaneously kill and promote healthy cellular growth. I suggest juicing or taking in capsule form (organic only) for highest benefit, you need a minimum of 95% curcuminoids and 3 grams 3-4 times daily. I recommend Organic India Turmeric Supplementsor Gaia Herbs Supreme Turmeric Capsules.
#3. I grew up banned from eating them, but MEDICINAL MUSHROOMS are potent immune boosters and should be a part of your health routine. The Shiitake, Reishi, and Maitake mushroom stimulate the immune system, build up our resistance to viruses, and block tumor formation. The ABM mushroom (Agaricus Blazel Murill) is clinically the strongest cancer fighting and immune boosting mushroom available. Don’t like the flavor? Can’t easily find them available to cook with? Not a problem, you can find high quality mushroom supplements here.
#4. Increasing your VITAMIN C dosage is one of the easiest ways to boost immune function. Low levels of C are linked to infection and disease. Vitamin C is not dangerous in heavy doses, showing no side effects from increase. Lyphospheric Vitamin C can break cell’s lipid barriers and increase absorption by up to 90% preventing viruses, disease, cancer, and improving cardiovascular health. You can also supplement with one of my favorites, Pure Synergy’s Pure Radiance Vitamin C Capsules.
#5. Another cancer fighting vitamin, VITAMIN D has been clinically tested to reduce risk of 17 different types of cancer. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to auto-immune disorders and directly correlated to cancer deaths. The vitamin helps kill viruses, fungi, and bacteria. Sunshine is still your best source of vitamin D, I recommend 20-30 minutes a day in direct sun with exposed skin (early morning or late afternoon are great times). Another great option is an easy to take, daily drop of Thorne Vitamin D/K2 Supplement.
#6. Nothing works for boosting my immune system or spirit more than a homemade bowl of CHICKEN SOUP. There is a reason why this is a go-to for cold and flu season, the chicken provides cysteine and amino acid that breaks up congestion, while the hot soup can strengthen the movement of white blood cells and the broth is ultra hydrating. Any combination of bone in chicken and broth slow cooked with celery, onion, carrot, and herbs is all it takes! Here is my recipe.
#7. While a plant-based diet reduces inflammation and creates an alkaline environment, your body needs ZINC for immune support. If you’re deficient, animal products are better sources than plant, think only organic grass fed beef, chicken, shellfish, or lamb. Zinc builds immunity and is actually very anti-inflammatory. Vegetarians, be sure to intake good amounts of legumes and nuts to maintain your intake or supplement with Ortho-Molecular Reacted Zinc or Thorne Research Zinc-Citrate.
#8. I love the taste and loathe the stinky breathe, but GARLIC is well worth it! The sulfuric acid compounds in garlic are strong enough to eliminate bacteria and infections while studies show that garlic consumption may reduce the risk of developing several types of cancer, especially cancers of the gastrointestinal tract. Use fresh garlic for max benefit as heat can decrease the potency.
#9. I eat two Brazil nuts a day to keep my SELENIUM levels where they should be. You may not hear of selenium as much as other immune booster’s on this list, but it’s very important in cancer fighting. Selenium reduces the risk of several cancers and it’s considered a “miracle mineral” for its immune boosting qualities. If you would prefer to take your selenium in supplement form, Thorne Selemonethionine is a good start.
#10. Whether you’re making the choice to nourish your newborn or an adult who needs immune support, COLOSTROM is amazing. Colostrum is in the breast milk of all mammals post birth and serves the purpose to build up the newborn immune system and promote growth. You can purchase colostrum to rebuild the immune system and destroy bacteria and viruses.
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