Tips to Boost Your Immunity

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See how to boost your immunity in ten easy steps and avoid the top things that endanger your immunity.

Top Ten Immune Boosters

  1. Fresh animal fats (from meat and dairy) and cholesterol-rich foods (particularly raw or runny egg yolks).
  2. Cold-pressed oils: olive oil, fish oils, nut, and seed oils.
  3. Onions and garlic.
  4. Freshly pressed vegetable and fruit juices.
  5. Regular consumption of greens: parsley, dill, coriander, kale, spinach, lettuce, etc.
  6. Probiotic supplementation and fermented foods. For more information, read my article Probiotics–The Foundation of Health.
  7. Contact with animals: horses, dogs, etc. Having a pet in the family can do a lot for a child’s immune status.
  8. Swimming in unpolluted natural waters like lakes, rivers, and the ocean.
  9. Physical activity in the fresh air.
  10. Exposure to sunlight and sensible sunbathing.

Top Ten Immunity Damagers

  1. Sugar and everything containing it: sweets, sodas, ice cream, etc. Your immune system is suppressed for six hours after eating sugar.
  2. Processed carbohydrates: cakes, cookies, potato chips, snacks, breakfast cereals, white bread, and pasta.
  3. Chemically altered and artificial fats: margarines, butter replacements, cooking and ALL vegetable oils (except olive), processed foods prepared with these fats.
  4. Lack of high quality protein in the diet from meats and fish, eggs, dairy products, nuts, and seeds.
  5. Exposure to man-made chemicals: cleaning and laundry detergents, personal care products (phthalates, parabens, and fragrance), paints, fire retardants (in most mattresses), petrochemicals, pesticides, etc.
  6. Exposure to man-made radiation: electronic screens (TV, computers, video games, etc.), mobile phones, high power electricity lines, nuclear stations, and nuclear wastes.
  7. Drugs: antibiotics, steroids, antidepressants, painkillers, anti-cancer medication, anti-viral drugs, etc.
  8. Lack of fresh air and physical activity.
  9. Lack of exposure to sunlight.
  10. Lack of exposure to common microbes in the environment. Living in a sterilized environment is strongly associated with compromised immunity. The immune system needs constant stimulation from the microbes in the environment.
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Wendy Myers

Wendy Myers, FDN, CHHC, is a functional diagnostic nutritionist, certified holistic health coach and founder of Live to 110. Her passions include getting you healthy, Modern Paleo, retoxing and detoxing. Discover her Mineral Power Program and enjoy freedom from fatigue and brain fog with metal detox.