How do you build your immune system?
The body's immune system is very complex and so to build it up
takes many avenues. The first and most important need is sleep. The
body heals itself while you sleep. Second, is good nutrition. The
body needs many vitamins and minerals as building blocks and
catalysts for enzyme activity to do its job. So eat fresh fruits
and vegetables daily! Those canned veggies are dead and do not
contain live enzymes so you need fresh ones daily for the energy
and nutrients. Heat also destroys valuable vitamins so don't cook
them til they droop. Cook only til crisp tender, but fresh is
always better. But even our foods are deficient in the vitamins
they are supposed to contain due to the many chemicals put on the
ground to force them to grow, the time it takes for transporting to
the market and the time they sit on the shelf they lose nutrition,
so taking extra multiple vitamins is necessary.
Some of the most important vitamins needed when you feel illness
coming on is vitamin C. This is found in citrus fruits in large
amounts but in other fruits as well, but an extra pill or two is
necessary during illness. Start with small doses like 250-500mg
tabs once a day and build up to 3-8,000 mg daily spread out through
out the day for managing a cold. It acts as an antihistamine and if
taken in sufficient quantities and you want the kind with
bioflavonoids (which is found in the white part of the orange
peel). Then as your cold gets better, you need to gradually
decrease or taper off the vitamin C so your body doesn't think it
has a deficiency and develop sore gums. Vitamin C is a water
soluble vitamin, so you pass what you don't use hourly. But if you
take too much you may get gas build up or loose stool. If this
happens, just back off a little on the vitamin C.
Vitamin A is also crucial for good health especially of the
mucus membranes of the nose, throat, mouth and lungs. It can be
taken in a capsule or by liquid cod liver oil. 10,000 IU is the
USDA minimum daily allowance but you need more when you are sick.
30,000-50,000 IU daily to combat illness but not for more than a
couple of weeks.
Garlic is good to kill germs of various kinds. Since eating raw
garlic is not very pleasant, the capsules may be taken to get more
bang for your buck. For combating a cold take 4 capsules twice
daily. That, along with some good pro-biotics. That is the opposite
of antibiotics which kill bad bacteria. They add the good bacteria
back into your intestines where they fight bad bacteria. PB8 has a
good assortment of these good bacteria. And don't take just one a
day as it may say on the bottle. You need 4-8 per day. But if you
take an antibiotic you kill them off and really need a lot more to
build them back up. You should always take acidophilus (one form of
probiotic) after every antibiotic. There is no such thing as
overdosing on them.
This is a good start on being healthy. Exercise is also good.
Daily doses help build up your good health and some sonshine is
very good too as it is necessary for the skin to produce vitamin D.
This vitamin keeps us feeling good, so a lack causes depressed
mood. It is now known that it can help build up the bones, and
relieve some pain of arthritis. It is necessary for absorbing
calcium. It can be taken in large doses up to 1,000 IU daily.