Especially in the cold season, it is important to have a well-functioning immune system in order to get through the winter without a cold. There are now a large number of products on the market that seem to protect against viruses and bacteria – if you believe the advertising promises. More and more people are looking for such miracle cures; without taking into account that a healthy immune system always requires a healthy body.
The tasks of the immune system
The immune system is the basis of defense against pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and other foreign substances. It is an extremely complex system in which different cell types that spread throughout the body communicate with one another.
The immune system’s tasks include the uptake and destruction of pathogens by the phagocytes, the further processing of the antigens formed by intra- and extracellular pathogens, the activation and multiplication of T cells, and the formation of cytokines that trigger the production of antibodies.
A sensitive surveillance system is part of your healthy immune system
The immune system monitors the formation of abnormal, damaged, or degenerated cells. In our body, there are always between 100 and 10,000 degenerate cells that arise daily during the normal metabolic process. These include hundreds or thousands of cancer cells that are formed by the body over the course of a day.
Therefore, it is very important to support the immune system as best as possible so that it can perform its important tasks. If the immune system is weakened, it can no longer dispose of pathogens in sufficient quantities and the degenerated cells. This then results in a wide variety of diseases, which can range from colds to autoimmune diseases and cancer.
And this is how you can protect and strengthen your immune system:
Eliminate harmful foods and beverages from the diet
Nowadays, many people’s standard diet consists largely of processed foods and fast food, which contain many chemical additives such as colorants, preservatives, and flavor enhancers.
If you looked at the list of ingredients for a canned soup, a ready-made meal, or baked goods 20 years ago, you would find mostly familiar ingredients. These foods now contain hundreds of chemicals that cannot be recognized as food by the body. Our immune system classifies these chemicals as foreign substances that it must act against.
Thus, the immune system is constantly busy making these chemicals harmless and can no longer fulfill its actual tasks. If ready meals are already being used, then at least the list of ingredients should be read carefully. However, it is much easier to use fresh ingredients as often as possible. Fruit, vegetables, potatoes, cereals, etc., are nutrient-rich foods that the body is familiar with and from which the immune system particularly benefits due to their high nutrient density.
Consume healthy fats for a healthy immune system
Research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids are able to reduce inflammation processes. If you supplement your diet with omega-3 fats, the composition of the immune cells is changed, which ultimately leads to a strengthening of the immune system.
Avoid chemical personal care products
Most personal care products, like food, contain a chemical-only cocktail to could harm the healthy immune system. Therefore, attention should be paid to the ingredients here too. If these “care products” are applied to the skin, the chemical substances enter the bloodstream via the pores and ultimately burden the body – and thus also the immune system – just as if one had eaten these products. Therefore, only natural, basic body care products should be used, which the immune system then does not have to fight.
Remove chemicals from the home and workplace
All conventional household cleaners consist of a mixture of various – sometimes even toxic – substances that can put a heavy strain on the immune system and thus hinder it in performing its actual tasks. Chemical-free cleaning agents should replace these cleaners. Good results can also be achieved by using only vinegar or soda for cleaning. All antibacterial cleaning products should be avoided, as these put an extraordinary strain on the immune system and ultimately make the body susceptible to infections.
It is also important to dispose of old paint canisters and other chemicals so that the escaping toxic gases can not harm your health any further.
Detoxify your body
Heavy metals and other toxins that are in the body are an immense burden on the immune system. It, therefore, makes sense to rid the body of these toxins on a regular basis. The Chlorella alga, for example, is able to bind and excrete heavy metals. Here the chlorella alga is considered a very effective cleaning agent for blood and organs.
India’s Ayurvedic tradition also uses another tool, which should be added to this list: oil pulling.
Even yoga exercises help the body rid itself of toxins accumulated in the muscles and joints. The slow and deep breathing in yoga allows the toxins to be released and excreted.