Your Questions About An Impaired Immune System

June 27, 2013
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William asks…

every time i get the flu, i ended up with cough and taking antibiotics, why?

i’m getting sick to often, and i think my immune system is low, but why? what’s happening?every time there is somebody sick around, in the office, in my house or anywhere there’s a good chance of catching the sickness. i have a little baby at home and im scared of giving the sickness to her every time.
i eat well, i do some running and tennis, i don’t smoke and little alcohol every once in a while, i also allergic to some things, but i take flonase.
what can i do? how to improve my immune system?
am i getting asthma?

admin answers:

Flu is a respiratory infection and can pave the way for a secondary bacterial infection. Pathogenic (disease producing) bacteria are opportunistic. They live on our skin and in our noses and mouths at most times. Normally, they do us no harm but when the opportunity arises, such as with a viral infection, they may move in on tissue that’s inflamed and body systems that are already compromised.

Have you asked yourself why you get the flu so often? Perhaps you’re not being vaccinated. Nutrient deficiencies can cause a poor immune response. Perhaps you’re not eating as well as you think. Zinc, vit. C & other antioxidants are important for efficient functioning of the immune system. Allergies can impair the immune system as well. Have you considered taking a systemic antihistamine, such as Claritin or Zyrtec in addition to the Flonase?

“what can i do? How to improve my immune system? Am i getting asthma?” — I don’t think you have asthma. I can’t tell just from this if you have immune problems or a reactive airway. I suggest you see your doctor to find out because there are underlying conditions that can impair the immune system. To determine if you have a poor immune system, routine tests won’t do. This requires specific immunoloigal testing but if allergies are at the root of your problem. However, adding an antihistamine may be the answer. And before you see a doctor and possibly undergo tests, if you’re willing try an antihistamine first for 30 days.

Sharon asks…

what is the best way to boost your immune system?

any vitamins?
foods?
exercises?
anything?

admin answers:

Many people are sick because their immune system is weak. There are many factors that make the immune system weak, therefore “doing”one thing may not be enough to make you completely healthy. To boost your immune system, I suggest to do as many things on the following list as you can…

1) Keep practicing good personal hygiene care, wash your hands!

2) Get plenty of rest. During deep sleep, our body release potent immune-enhancing substances that strengthen your immune system function. By not allowing our body sufficient rest, the immune system will sputter, and as a result, not function at full capacity. We then are more likely to become ill with common illnesses. A healthy, deep sleep allows our body to release a significant amount of growth hormone that boost the immune system and aids in the growth and repair of the body.

3) Get moderate and regular exercise
An increase in blood flow associated with moderate exercise helps to circulate antibodies along with white blood cells necessary to fight infection more quickly. As a result, this provides our bodies with an early warning system to ward off potentially damaging germs. In addition, the increase in body temperature as a result of physical activity may aid in inhibiting the growth of bacteria; thus allowing the body to fight infection more effectively.

4) Receiving a Regular Body Cleansing.
Body cleansing is essential because our bodies need to properly eliminate the toxic build up that has formed in our intestines (colon), which may lead to sickness and disease. Our body organs and tissues must be free of toxins for the immune system to function optimally thus enabling our bodies to receive the essential nutrients our bodies need.

5) Boost immune system by drinking plenty of filtered water.
Water is essential for all living things and keeps our immune system operating optimally while improving the way we feel, look and live. Without sufficient amounts of water, you may experience routine fatigue, dry skin, headaches, constipation, and a decrease normal bodily function which may lead to your body unable to fight off diseases. Without water we would literally dehydrate which could result in the shutting down of vital organs and ultimately end in death.

6) Eliminate all sugar and allergens from your diet.
Just a small amount of sugar has been proven to impair white blood cells up to 50% for very short periods of time. By discovering what our personal food allergies are, then eliminating or desensitizing them will help strengthen your immune system. By removing these triggers, our immune cells are strengthened in order to combat other invaders such as influenza rather than the allergen. The elimination of sugar from your diet can also strengthen immune system.

7) Eat nutritiously
Good foods to eat include organic fruits and vegetables, chloretta, medicinal mushrooms like maitake, shiitake, reishi, or turkey tail. Besides water, wheatgrass juice, aloe vera juice, or green tea are good drinks.

8) Take supplements
Supplements are needed because our bodies can not produce the nutrients necessary to maintain optimum health. There are many nutrients needed in order to maintain a strong immune system. It is very challenging in the world we live in to obtain sufficient nutrition with the foods available to us. They are over processed and void of many essential nutrients. Additionally, food is grown in soils that have been over-planted and saturated with synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Vitamin and mineral deficiency subjects us to more diseases, aging, sickness, and the weakening of our immune system.

Best herbs include echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, olive leaf extract, elderberry, or astragalus.

The minerals zinc and selenium also help with boosting your immune system.

Best vitamins include Vitamin A, C, or E. These are a good source of antioxidants, which will boost your immune system.

Antioxidants prevent free radicals from potentially damaging millions of healthy, functioning cells by donating an electron to unstable free radicals. Free radicals are atoms with at least one unpaired electron. Excess free radicals produce harmful oxidation that can damage cell membranes, accelerate the aging process and lead to certain ailments.

Unfortunately, due to our poor nutritional foods, environmental toxins, and other factors like stress, our bodies are often fighting a losing battle against the effects and increase of free radicals.

One of the most important benefit of antioxidants is that they bind to these free radicals and prevent them creating any damage. Another of the benefit of antioxidants is that they keep the cells healthy enabling the immune system to function more effectively. Many diseases are often prevented or recovery time is more likely improved. Antioxidants also help physical injuries to heal faster.

Unfortunately, the antioxidant needs of our bodies are likely to be higher than just consuming normal quantities of fruit and vegetables unless they are organic and grown in mineral rich soils. A high quality antioxidant supplement can make all the difference to your health when combined with a nutritious diet full of natural antioxidants.

To be a powerful antioxidant, you must have a high ORAC score. ORAC stands for oxygen radical absorbance capacity. This a a scientific way of saying “how well does a certian antioxidant help my body defend itself against free radical attacks?
The product with the highest ORAC score is MonaVie freeze-dried Acai. To my knowledge, nothing comes even close to this!
This product also is high in phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, complex carohydrates, dietary fiber and trace minerals.

The most nutritionally effective health drink which is 100% natural and 100% fruit juice is called MonaVie freeze-dried acai. This drink is high in antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals, complex carohydrates, dietary fiber and trace minerals.
It also has a ORAC score of 1027!
MonaVie juice also contains glucosamine which helps maintain healthy joint function.
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Thomas asks…

when i drink way too much orange juice i get?

cold sores on my lips. i thought vitamin c was supposed to help your immune system! i was taking these “stress tabs” which had alot of vit c in it, and i’d get a cold sore. then i drank a half gallon of O.J and i get them.

is this normal?

admin answers:

Perhaps the acidity of orange juice is somehow impairing your tissue integrity on your lips and creating a slight irritation – try drinkin it with a straw see if you stop gettin them

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