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How do we increase the immunity of our body?
The immune system and your vitamin D blood level have a very close relationship. Those patients who died from Covid-19 coronavirus were the ones who had a vitamin D blood level of 15 ng/mL or less. Those who survived had vitamin D blood levels of more than 30 ng/mL. If you want an immune system that is tops, a vitamin D blood level of 50 to 80 ng/mL is recommended (the higher end of normal).
In a publication of 2006, Dr. John Cannell and co-workers have reviewed why influenza has seasonal outbreaks. Epidemic influenza and vitamin D They found that the innate immune system was very dependent on vitamin D3. Those who did not get enough sunlight in the northern hemisphere during January, February, March, and April have an average 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of only 15 to 17 ng/mL. In contrast, from July to September the same volunteers had vitamin D levels of 24 to 29 ng/mL. The authors stressed that this was the reason why in the late winter/early spring flu seasons come and go every year while in summer they disappear. Vitamin D is essential for the functioning of the innate and adaptive immune system. This is true not only for the flu but also for Covid-19 coronavirus.
So, how can we strengthen the immune system when our vitamin D blood level is 20 ng/mL or below? We need to take vitamin D3 supplementation daily. Initially, a good dose to start is 4000 IU per day. After 2 months repeat the vitamin D blood test. If it is now 30 or 40, you know you did not get enough to reach the target of 50–80 ng/mL. So, you increase the vitamin D3 supplement to 6000 IU per day. 2 months later you take another vitamin D level. If your vitamin D blood level is now 60 ng/mL, you know you have reached your goal. Keep on taking this amount daily. If you reached only 45 or 50, you could increase your daily vitamin D3 supplementation to 7000 IU per day and repeat another vitamin D blood level in 2 months. Remember that toxic vitamin D blood levels only start at 150 ng/mL, which means there is no fear of hypercalcemia or kidney stones.
Here is my answer to your question: “How do we increase the immunity of our body?” We have known for a long time that a strong immune system is desirable to overcome cases of flu and infections. But now with the Covid-19 coronavirus epidemic, it is again clear that people who have compromised immune systems are the ones that will suffer the most and possibly even die. It is the old and the ones who have other chronic diseases (diabetes, autoimmune diseases, kidney diseases, COPD) who died. They often are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D3 is a powerful tool to strengthen your immune system. The “vitamin D hammer” can prevent viral pneumonia from happening. Ray Schilling's answer to What are the most effective health-related affirmations which we should use daily for Covid-19 protection? This leads to better survival.
Since this sort of question is asked very often, and my answer is complex, I have taken to pasting it up from time to time. Here you go:
A) Nothing you can buy in a bottle at Vitamin Village will “boost" your Immune system. B) This is good because if it did, it could cause very serious illness or even kill you.
*What you really want is a well-educated and balanced immune system*
The first best thing you can do to improve your general immune function is to get vaccinated for diseases prevalent in your geographic region. Why? Vaccines educate your immune system to recognize and attack specific dangerous bacteria and viruses. If you travel, you probably need a few extra vaccines to be safe overseas.
Expose yourself to the outdoors, warm, cold, and hot. Get a little sunshine, but don't get sunburned. Run, play, laugh, get dirty, go skinny-dipping, and have fun. Raise a puppy. Pet all the pets you encounter. This is actually an ancient form of vaccination and how Dr. Edward Jenner discovered vaccination in the mid-18th century. Remember, we evolved over a million years in the wild, and among other critters; living in antiseptic, indoor, temperature-controlled environments is not our species natural state. Keep the windows in your home open as much as practical.
Third, anything that's good for your general health is good for your immune system. Conversely, anything that is deleterious to your general health is bad for it. Here are my recommendations:
Eat a healthy diet including a wide variety of foods, and try new things. Make a large proportion of your foods, fresh fruits, and vegetables, a small proportion of fish, poultry & meat. There is recent evidence that eating spicy foods are healthful, while the typical American diet is very bland. This is perhaps one reason Americans add so much unhealthy salt to their meals. I prefer pungent seasonings like garlic, ginger, and cayenne pepper, a very little salt. Ideally, all your nutrition should come from your food. That said, I take a multivitamin/multimineral tablet about 3-4 times/week just as insurance.
To boost your immunity, follow these steps-
Wake up early, and sleep early at night.
Brush your teeth well.
Stretch and warm up your body and do simple exercise ( not jumping ) Just tire yourself and release sweat.
Take a shower. Then rest for 5 minutes.
Drink 2 glasses of water slowly.
Do your prayer if you do it.
Don't drink tea, not even honey. Honey is just like alcohol sugar.
After 30 minutes of drinking water, eat sprouts, ( don't drink milk ). I eat sprouts.
After 30 minutes of that, eat breakfast. (your choice). Avoid noodles and pasta (all that kind of stuff).
Do not drink premade fruit juices, instead, you should use homemade fruit juices.
To be slim eat the food slowly by chewing it properly.
Rest a bit for 5–10 minutes.
Always keep a handkerchief with you.
I knew I loved Clare Celea for good reason! Everything she says.
I'm convinced my utterly lackadaisical approach to germs (I was that mom people write anonymous rants about because I used to pick my kids' pacifier up off the ground, brush it on my jeans, and stick it right back in their pie hole) is the reason my boys simply don't get sick. Not colds, not flu. It's probably been ten years since we had anything like that. (Sadly, one did inherit my unforgivable avocado and nightshade allergy, but I'm okay blaming my parents and genome for that one).
What's more, I don't like the taste of leftovers that have spent the night in the refrigerator, so I let it sit on the counter and eat it the next morning. I know—the recklessness!
I think we obsess far too much about germs here (never mind our tendency to overprescribe antibiotics for everything), and I think some of our malaises, both as kids and later in life, have to do with our stringent intolerance of bacteria (including the good ones).
Also: if you want your kids to be healthy, feed them good and varied food that features plenty of plants. Don't let your kids determine or dumb down your diet, as it will not do them any favors. Eating foods that contain vitamins, healthy fats, and proteins naturally, and eating less sugar, all contribute to the body's defenses.
At this time of year (winter in New England) I hear this question, or related questions about whether there’s something wrong with someone’s immune system, fairly often from people who have gotten a lot of colds. Sometimes they say this happens every year, and sometimes they say it’s an unusual event to have had, say four colds in two or three months.
The people who have had one bad year are almost certainly just unlucky. There are lots of cold viruses out there, and someone is going to catch four of them in two months and be fed up.
I suspect that the people who this happens to most years just have more symptoms with viral infections than other people. When they get a cold they are congested for many days, or have a bad sore throat, or prolonged cough, while some people mostly seem to get fairly minor symptoms when they have a cold. This is no odder than that some people are really bothered by cold weather and others wear shorts all winter.
The people who get bad colds almost never have a “low” or malfunctioning immune system. Many of the symptoms of a viral infection are caused by the response of the immune system. We can make people with a cold feel better by suppressing the immune system with steroids (not recommended as a routine treatment!) and we can make people with no infection feel awful by giving them interferon, a substance the body produces during viral infections.
I don’t know if it’s ever been carefully studied, but my impression is that patients I’ve cared for with an actual immune system problem like advanced AIDS or who were on immune suppressive medications almost never seemed to notice colds since they had less of an immune response to viral infections and that blunted cold symptoms.
This is a good question that more people should ask. Below are 12 things (7 food products and 5 actions/activities) that can be done to effectively eliminate colds, flu, and fevers out of your life.
Citrus, tangerines, lemons, oranges: eat lots of those. These are loaded with vitamin C. So is watermelon and lots of other readily-available fruit. Try to eat the fresh fruit, but drinking the juice non-concentrate is OK, better than not getting any citrus at all.
Reishi mushroom spore broken cell-wall powder. This is a powder that you sprinkle into/onto your hot chocolate, cereal, rice pudding, or any sweet meal where cocoa is used. Pairs up really well with cocoa. Most of the reishi mushroom spore powder is produced and sold out of China, because they've been using this mushroom for over a millennium, and they know about it. This will increase your immunity tremendously, and it doesn't taste too bad. Tastes kinda earthy, but also tastes a bit like cocoa. Make sure you get the broken cell-wall powder of the mushroom spores, where all the vitamins are at. Don't get the actual mushroom, which isn't bad, but doesn't have nearly as much of an immunity boost.
Licorice. You can eat it in candy, take spoons of a tincture or syrup, or make licorice tea. Either way, this one helps a lot. Sometimes called black licorice.
Ginger. You can make ginger juice, or get it at the store, or even sprinkle ginger root powder onto your cereal or pastries. Especially good with sweet things that are too sweet. Ginger can help to even it out.
Lomatium. Get the tincture or the throat-spray. This 1 herb was the single cure for the 1918 flu epidemic that killed about 100,000 people on the west coast of the US that year. The Native American population was especially affected by this flu because they did not have immunity to Western diseases like this, but some knew about Lomatium and even told the settlers about it. This herb saved many lives.
Hawthorn Berries. Hawthorn berry syrup or hawthorn berry tincture is best. This is a very popular remedy for cold and flu, especially in children, in Russia and northern Europe, Scandinavian countries. It's very good for your heart and child-safe. It's been used by people from those previously mentioned countries for centuries.
Honey bee products, mainly propolis (propolys). This is the inner wall-lining of the honeybee hive, and it's a sticky, resin-like, and dark-color substance. The best way to get it in you is to dilute about 1–2 grams at a time with 2 big spoons of honey, a hot immunity-boosting tea and a shot of original Jagermeister. You can also get the soar-throat spray that has propolis in it (sometimes called Proposol).
Get enough sleep. If you sleep less, your immune system and digestion feel it first. Forcing yourself to stay awake when you're sleepy is also hurtful.
Fasting. A 3-day / water-only fast is a reset to 100% functionality for your immune system. No solid food for 3 days. When your stomach isn't full of solid food like it usually is, and has lots of fluids, water, and the above-mentioned herbs in it instead, you'll feel much better. This is because the human body increases its rate of producing white blood cells when the digestive system is rested. Doing #8 (resting) also increases the white blood cell count. This is important because white blood cells are used to attack and eliminate uninvited visitors, like bacteria and virus infections, so having more of them than usual is a good thing.
When you have the fever or flu, the best thing is to drink lots of warm fluids (mostly tea), water, and “sweat it out” which means to get under a warm blanket in a warm room and change your clothes often as you sweat-out the bad toxins in your body. If you feel yourself shiver, get cold, and don't sweat enough, add some black peppercorns (black pepper spice) to your savory and spicy meals.
Get fresh air. Your immunity could be hurting because of bad air quality. You should have some kind of HEPA air filter inside your house and breathe in through your nose, not through your mouth. Exhale through your mouth. Sometimes, you may notice your health improves when you travel to an area with cleaner air, like in a dense forest, up in the mountains, or out in the ocean or on the beach.
Brush your teeth. You'd be surprised how many bacteria hang out in there, and if your teeth aren't brushed often, that bacteria then goes into your lungs and digestive system. Keep that stuff out and keep your breath smelling good by brushing often using high-quality fluoride-free toothpaste such as Auromere.
Whenever I'm starting to feel sick, I take the 12 steps above, and usually, I can hold my sickness to only 1 day or less. I rarely get sick more than a day or 2 because I always do those things I wrote above.
*Extra edit #1: Someone else mentioned this before me: Echinacea tea, tincture or syrup. Yes, this one also works very well.
*Extra edit #2: Onions. Yes, they're kinda stinky, but adding fresh onions to your diet will help your body to warm up, and lessen your likelihood of getting sick during the winter months. White onions are the strongest, followed by yellow (sweet) onions, and then red onions. Green onions (scallions) are the least strong, but in my opinion, they taste the best, especially on pizza or with a baked potato and sour cream on top.
*Extra edit #3: Hungarian Pálinka. This is the national drink of Hungary and is the distilled essence of usually 1 type of fruit per batch. The most common are plum, pear, and peach. Also, apple, sour cherry, and apricots are often used. The liquor is distilled in a specific kind of Pálinka distilling machine, that I don't know anything about. The drink is strong, usually about 50% alcohol or stronger (100-proof liquor). Homemade pálinka can be up to 80% alcohol or arguably more than that. Friends often compete to see who can make the strongest. The drink is pure and clear and doesn't have any color. If you see someone claiming they have pálinka that's either less than 50% alcohol, or any color other than clear, then that product is either tainted, a foreign copycat attempt, or something else other than simple Hungarian pálinka. In Hungary, during the winter months, the cold often goes to 0 degrees Fahrenheit or below. On a cold night, if someone doesn't want to get sick, the best medicine is to gargle a 1/2 shot (10–15 mL) of Hungarian pálinka in your mouth for about 5–10 seconds and then swallow. Or just swallow it clean, but the idea is to get it to hang out around your throat (you will feel the burn the first time), and this kills off unfriendly bacteria. Pálinka is also often given or received as a gift, had together with a multi-course dinner, or drank at parties for the purpose of … getting drunk quickly. It also helps to relieve muscle soreness and clear bad memories.
It depends on the cause of a weakened immune system.
If it is illness or disease-related, you must address the cause of the problem and apply the treatment.
If the weak immune system is a result of other factors, I will address them below:
Eliminate Stress - stress is extremely detrimental to an already weakened immune system.
Sleep - get enough of it. I recommend 8–10 hours. You can test yourself on the weekend. Go to bed at 9 pm. But don’t set your alarm. When you wake up, record how long you stayed sleeping despite mild interruptions. Did you wake up feeling refreshed? That is your happy number. Sleep that amount of hours until you feel refreshed.
Eat vegetables - a lot of it. Eat all the green vegetables you can enjoy with every meal. Grab spinach with breakfast. Kale or Collard Greens with lunch. Lettuce with root vegetables at dinner. Let the leaves vegetables be slightly cooked (for example, steamed or sauteed for under 3 minutes). Green vegetables will scrub out your gut of unneeded waste and strengthen your body.
Add Ginger and Garlic. Google meal recipes that use these super-foods. Your body will thank you.
Eliminate Sugar - you don’t need it at all. If you like sweet things, try Stevia or natural fruits (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, no sugar necessary).
Bowel eliminations - go to the toilet often. Try to have a bowel movement every day. Eliminate waste to allow your body the freedom to process new food without yesterday or last week’s burden.
Talk to a friend. Don’t underestimate the power of friendship in relationships to make your brain come alive and begin functioning optimally.
Journal. Write down your actions and progress. Pour out any negative emotions here. Avoid anxious thoughts from floating in your subconscious by writing them down in your journal.
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