Our immune system health is extraordinarily important for all of us, now so more than ever as we battle COVID-19. We are always surrounded by opportunistic organisms whose main responsibility is to break down decaying matter. If we don’t take care of our body, we become that decaying matter and develop infection or chronic disease.
In this article, I will discuss how the immune system works and the most important strategies you can apply today to boost your immune system naturally.
Building Your Immune System
The immune system functions like a muscle. When our muscles are challenged with exercise, they adapt and grow stronger. When our immune system is challenged through mild levels of toxic and microorganism exposure, it gets stronger and more resilient.
- Example: Two people are exposed to the same virus; one person develops the flu while the other doesn’t. What is the difference? The strength and maturity of the immune system.
- Hormesis is exposure to toxic substances and environmental challenges in small amounts, which is beneficial for the body. The basic biological trait is the organism’s ability to resist and adapt appropriately to both internal and external stresses. The hallmark of aging is the organism’s inability to withstand stress.
- Exercise allows us to better withstand physical and emotional stress so long as we allow proper recovery steps to rehydrate and refuel our bodies afterward.
- Meditation and prayer allows us to better withstand mental, emotional and spiritual stress.
- Virulent exposure to challenges allows our immune system to mature and gain strength as long as we provide the necessary modulators for it to adapt appropriately.
Critical Immune System Modulators
There are certain things we all need to have good immune coordination. These nutrients are critical to overall health. You have heard of many of them, but the question is: How is your body coordinating its immune function?
The key modulators include healthy gut flora, vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and trace minerals, medium-chain fatty acids, a healthy nervous system and good sleeping habits.
1. Balanced Gut Flora
Our intestinal system and mucosal membranes (sinuses, respiratory tract, genitalia, etc.) are lined with billions of different bacterial colonies. We are a living bacterial hotel! Progenic bacteria work in symbiosis with us (help promote life), whereas pathogenic bacteria create toxic waste and promote disease in our body. These two forms of microorganisms compete for nutrients and thus work against each other.
A healthy ratio is 85% progenic to 15% pathogenic. When this ratio is skewed, it is called dysbiosis, a condition that is extremely hazardous to our health and vastly impairs immune function. A high-quality probiotic that contains soil-based organisms is a great addition to a natural health plan.
2. Balanced Fatty Acid Ratios
Several critical fatty acids (omega-3: ALA, EPA and DHA; and omega-6: LA and GLA) cannot be synthesized in normal human metabolism and thus must be derived through diet. These fats play an important role in the cell membrane and the receptor sites that bind hormones and neurotransmitters. They also form prostaglandins (intracellular hormones which play a role in cellular inflammation cycles).
The ideal ratio is 1 to 1 (omega-6 to omega-3). However, the typical American diet is loaded with the omega-6 variety due to the large impact of grains and vegetable oils, and therefore, most people are around a 16-to-1 ratio. This imbalance causes improper immune signaling, inflammation and decreased immunological strength.
Supplementing with EPA and DHA provides the body with incredible neurological and immunological support. These powerful long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids balance the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio and create an anti-inflammatory reaction in the body. This reaction helps to calm the immune system and keep it firing with the balance, synchrony and precision necessary for long-term health.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Dr. David Jockers