Immune System Tips
Immune System Tips
20 Dec 2009
Environmental factors like diet and nutrition, stress, sleep deprivation, pollution, toxins, obesity, smoking, and alcohol can overwhelm your body and lead to serious illnesses like cancer.
Diet and the Usual Recommendations
1) Eat lots of vegetables, fresh, frozen, but not canned.
2) Eat lots of fruits, fresh, frozen, but not canned.
3) Eat plenty of fiber, grains, and nuts.
4) Take a multivitamin and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
5) Take a vitamin B complex.
6) Get your sources of fat from good sources such fish oil (polyunsaturated) (Omega 3’s), olive oil (monounsaturated), coconut fat (saturated).
1) You need to exercise to stimulate your body, the growth hormone, and cell mitochondria.
2) You need to get plenty of sleep for recovery and to repair your body, cells, and cell DNA.
Detoxify Your Body
1) You need to detoxify your liver and body.
2) Try a detoxification system or speak to a natural medicine professional.
3) Take sweat baths or saunas.
4) Milk Thistle can help detoxify the liver. (Glutathione)
1) Don't over cook or burn your food.
2) Don't use a microwave and plastic containers.
3) Cook your food slowly.
4) Try a slow cooker and save on energy.
*Nervous System* and Stress Management
1) Take control of your worries; make an action plan, address the issues, brainstorm, find solutions, etc. Once you have solutions or thought of better outcomes you can relax better.
2) You need some downtime to relax your *nervous system*,*very important* for the immune system, and to give your immune system a boost.
3) Drink green or herbal tea, do deep breathing exercises, try yoga, listen to reiki music, take a hot scented bath, get a massage, etc. Try them all as a combination.
4) Do social, group, or community activities.
Boost your Glutathione; it’s your body’s most powerful antioxidant and detoxifier.
1) Eat sulfur rich vegetables such as garlic, onions, broccoli, kale, and cabbage.
2) Take bioactive whey protein that contain cysteine, glycine, and glutamine the simple building blocks of Glutathione.
[Whey protein and glutamine can also be purchased separately or premixed]
3) Take a vitamin B complex, a very important part of boosting Glutathione levels.
4) Alpha Lipoic Acid can help boost Glutathione levels.
5) Other vitamins such as selenium, vitamin C and E can work in combination to boost Glutathione levels.
Cell Health and Stress Resistance
1) Take Alpha Lipoic Acid to improve your cell health and prevent cell DNA damage. (good for the brain, Glutathione, and CoQ10)
2) Take Omega 3 to improve your cell health and prevent cell DNA damage. (good for the brain)
3) Eat food that is rich in Choline such as meat and whole eggs to improve cell health and prevent cell DNA damage. (good for the brain)(brain development)
[Choline sources: whole eggs, beef liver, meat, cauliflower, navy beans, almonds]
Longevity, Cell Health, and DNA Repair
1) Resveratol is good for cell health and also helps in recovery and repair. ($)
- Calorie restriction which triggers the body’s survival mode response, stimulates the Sirtuin Genes, is linked to longevity but resveratrol also stimulates the Sirtuin Genes without the calorie restriction.
- Sirtuin Genes; kick in when the body is in survival mode and increase DNA repair and prevent cell death.
2) CoQ10 helps in detoxification, recovery, repair, and good for cell health. ($)
Vitamin D and White Killer T Cells
1) Take Vitamin D; "Sunshine" vitamin D is crucial for immune system and killer T cells.
- "T cell must have vitamin D or activation of the cell will cease."
- "If the T cells cannot find enough vitamin D in the blood, they won't even begin to mobilize."
- Women who take vitamin D every day were at 24% lower risk of breast cancer.
- A new FDA approved cancer treatment involves taking white blood cells and using a drug that trains them to more actively attack cancer cells.
1) Take probiotics to improve intestinal flora and boost your immune system.
1) Smoking; can inactivate vitamin B6
2) Alcohol; can deplete vitamin B levels
3) Sugar, processed foods, artificial sweeteners.
4) Caffeine; can deplete vitamin B levels
5) A nutrition deficient diet.
6) Overwhelming or overexerting your body; applies to overwork and downtime
7) Pollution, toxins, allergens, and mold.
8) Stress and sleep deprivation.
9) Radiation from microwaves, cell phones, radar, and x-rays.
10) Heavy metals such as mercury and lead.
11) Old or microwaving plastic containers.
12) BBQ meat, charring food produces carcinogens.
13) Artificial ingredients or sweeteners.
Final Check List
Diet and Nutrition; eat lots of vegetables, fruits, fiber, grains, and nuts.
Good Fat; get your fat from good sources such as fish and olive oil.
Omega 3's. (cell health).
Choline; from whole eggs or other sources is also important for cell health.
Multivitamin with minerals.
Vitamin B complex. (Glutathione)
Sulfur Rich Vegetables; such as garlic and onions. (Glutathione)
Whey protein. (Glutathione)
Alpha Lipoic Acid and CoQ10. (Glutathione) (cell health and DNA damage) ($)
Probiotics; take probiotics.
Resveratol; consider resveratol. ($)
Stress Management; manage your stress and get some downtime.
Detoxify; your body.
Sleep; get plenty of sleep.
Avoid; increased risk factors, promoters, or things that can lead to cancer.
($) means a relatively expensive supplement.
Choline: Food for Thought
The Role of Choline in Our Bodies and Brains
"Choline serves various functions in our bodies – in the structure of cell membranes, protecting our livers from accumulating fat, as the precursor molecule for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, and more. Because of rapid development in fetuses and infants, we have a great need for choline in our early lives. Human milk has high levels of choline."
"Choline started to get the interest of nutrition researchers when it was found that fetal rats whose mothers didn't get enough choline in their diets had less brain development and poorer memories after birth than those whose mothers ate adequate amounts of the nutrient. Over the past few years, there has been a rush of research, and there are now hints that choline may be essential not only for the brain development of fetuses and infants, but may help prevent memory loss associated with aging (although attempts to reverse cognitive decline have been disappointing)."
Folate - Folate Rich Foods
Child Nutrition Basics
"Folate is an important vitamin, which most parents are aware of because of the association of low folate levels with premature babies and birth defects. These defects of the brain or spinal cord are the major defects associated with inadequate folate intake."
Nutritional Healing fourth edition p.234.
"Some theories suggest that brain development may have been interrupted in the early fetal stages in people who become autistic."
Some believe or have suggested that there maybe a link between nutrition and autism or down syndrome.
More citations needed
The Merck Manuals - A trusted source for medical information available free online
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