Our immune system is a part of our bodies that is mainly composed of various white blood cells and antibodies.
These are our soldiers and police whose role it is to defend against foreign invaders such as germs (bacteria), viruses, fungi and even against cancer cells.
When functioning optimally our immunity keeps us well, however if the system is run down infection or illness can follow. Consider the following:
Ask your clinic practitioners for more information.
- Getting 8-9 hours sleep each night. Go to bed early - sleeping in doesn't work as well.
- Inner peace and relaxation (Meditation, Yoga, gardening, hobbies help).
- An excellent diet full of "alive" foods: wholegrain cereals, fresh fruits, yellow/orange and green leafy vegetables, nuts, fish, beans/legumes, meat in moderation, olive oil, onions, garlic, water.
- Consistent exercise 4-5 times per week.
- Ask your clinic practitioner about use of immune boosting herbs such as garlic, golden seal, elderberry, echinacea and supplements such as beta-carotene, Vitamins B complex, C, E, zinc, selenium & acidophilus. Avoid herbs during pregnancy/lactation.
- Avoid sugary foods and white flour products as these reduce the vitamins available in the body.
- Avoid caffeine containing drinks coffee/tea/chocolate for the same reason above.
- Stop smoking: this considerably affects immune function.
- Minimise alcohol intake - same reason as above. (One or two glasses a day only is acceptable).
- Only take antibiotics when you really need them.