Boosting our Immune Systems Naturally

Balance is all important when it comes to having a strong immune system. When the body is off balance it cannot work at its peak. A strong immune system allows the body to fight off disease, infection and other types of ills. You can boost your immune system and protect yourself with the best defenses possible, good health.
The body’s immune system is the natural defense mechanism that handles invaders such as viruses and bacteria. When the body is in good health, it accomplishes defeating the illnesses and infections. When the body is in less than good health, these illnesses can cause failures to many of the natural defenses available to a healthy system.
Many factors can cause the body’s immune system to fail to keep the body in good health. Some of the causes are poor diet, lack of enough sleep or exercise, stress, and ignoring warning signs that the body’s natural defenses need a boost. By boosting the immune system the body is able to fight off viruses and bacteria.
Laughter is credited to being the best natural booster to the immune system. Science has proven that laughter creates substances that help strengthen the cells inside the body and supports healthy immunity and resistances to illnesses such as colds and the flu. Even cancer can be positively influenced with positive thinking.
The body will develop disease when any type of blockage in the body’s natural immune system occurs. Disease will set in very fast when the body is not functioning correctly. Exercise and diet help keep your body in top shape. Keep the internal parts of the body lubricated and moving in order to keep all systems in going smoothly.
Just as cities would become inundated with garbage without a sanitation system functioning correctly, our bodies become filled with garbage or waste if the esophagus, stomach and intestinal tract are not working correctly. When these systems work normally, the food is moved through the body, and vitamins, minerals and nutrients are extracted to build strong cells. When these systems fail, the immune system breaks down. Poor bowel movements allow putrid material to stay in the body and create some serious internal diseases. Keep the waste removal system going and the body cleanses itself.
 
Diet plays a huge role in the health of our immune systems. The immune system needs regular fuel in order to function correctly. There are supplemental supports that come from organic herbs, balanced eating habits, and daily exercise. By eating what the body requires for good health, you give the body fuel to defend against illnesses. Centuries of knowledge and practical application have led to herbal approaches to health supplements. By using nature’s products the body is more easily able to incorporate the different chemical substances that support good health and immunity. Artificial supplements created from chemical substances have big draw backs in the way the body is able to assimilate them into the system and put them to use. The chemicals have other side effects that usually do not occur with natural substances. The body has to cope with the side effects and this reduces the body’s ability to put its main focus on using the supplemental properties for the immune system and good health. Healthy diet, exercise and a little help from nature is what it takes for the body to operate at its best.
Here are a few of nature’s supplements that help maintain the body’s defense mechanisms against illness:
·         Echinacea
Echinacea increases the levels of properdin in the body. This chemical activates the immune system responsible for increasing the defense mechanisms against bacteria and viruses.
 
·         Goldenseal
Goldenseal has proven very effective against parasites and in invigorating the immune system and for mouth ulcers. It reportedly increases the blood supply to assorted digestive parts.
·         Ginger
Ginger, one of nature’s natural wonders, has a warming effect on the body and this is excellent for circulatory problems. Ginger helps alleviate cold hands and feet. Ginger is also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and for this reason its treatment for joints and connective tissues.
 
 
·         Garlic
Garlic has abundant advantageous properties that include blood cleansing, maintaining healthy bacteria in the gut, acting as an antibiotic, it also boosts the immune system. It has also been shown to help blood pressure and maintain a healthy heart. Garlic also acts as an antioxidant and is an exceptional antiseptic and lowers blood cholesterol.
 
·         Ginkgo bilboa
The leaves are used to treat poor circulation and the resulting effects of this. Ginkgo improves blood flow and can actually strengthen blood vessels. It is recommended for anyone with poor circulation
 
·         Cayenne
This is a magical herb and has various external and internal uses. Internally cayenne is considered one of the best circulatory stimulants. It stimulates all parts and systems involved with blood flow. Its stimulating properties also extend to the digestive system, by stimulating the flow of saliva and stomach secretions.
As with all supplements, be sure to check with your health care provider to make sure there are no adverse interactions with any medication you may already be taking or if you are pregnant. Anyone with a compromised immune system needs to work with a holistic practitioner to be sure they get the best benefit possible from supplements without adverse reactions.