2020 will be long remembered as the year that impacted worldwide health permanently. The spread of the virus COVID-19 has millions asking, ‘How can I protect against the coronavirus disease?’ One way is by taking steps to boost your immune system naturally.
It now seems certain that many of the people harmed or killed by this disease were immunocompromised. Clearly, having a healthy immune system is key to not only preventing illness but to navigating sickness.
Can you naturally boost your immune system? Yes but first you should understand how the modern world is harming our bodies.
What Is Stressing Our Immune Systems?
Today, many things overtax our immune systems. The first step in protecting your health naturally is to minimize exposure to these things.
Here are some of the most common offenders:
Research has shown that “toxic agents” can harm or compromise your immunity. ATSDR, the CDC’s group for studying toxic substances, published a list of compounds that impact the immune system, some of which are found in everyday products or items. One example is toluene, commonly used in nail polish or chromium, which has been found in tap water.
This list of chemicals grows every few years because companies in the U.S. benefit from the lack of regulation on these ingredients. How much are we exposed? In 2005, the Environmental Working Group tested the umbilical cord of babies. They discovered 287 chemicals of which they state, “we know that 180 cause cancer in humans or animals, 217 are toxic to the brain and nervous system, and 208 cause birth defects or abnormal development in animal tests.”
Those are frightening numbers indeed! Clearly humans today have a high burden of toxicity by the time they are born.
Suppressing The Immune System
Another important issue is the suppression of the immune system. Certain drugs or treatments, such as chemotherapy, can block the immune system from functioning correctly to fight infection. Of course certain diseases like lymphoma or AIDS do that as well.
Additionally, over the counter medications also work to suppress the immune system. For example, drugs that reduce your fever may actually extend the length of your illness by not allowing your natural immune functions to operate more quickly.
Modern allopathic medicine is coming around to the idea, long-held by homeopaths and naturopaths, that it is better to let a fever run its course, within reason, than to take a fever-reducing pill.
We are all aware of the impact of air pollution, but other unseen dangers lurk in our atmosphere. With the looming launch of 5G technologies, radiation from electromagnetic fields, or EMF, has come under scrutiny as a potential health hazard. Experts are starting to question the safety of launching a worldwide 5G network.
In October 2019, Scientific American published an article entitled, “We Have No Reason to Believe 5G Is Safe.” According to the author, more than 240 scientists have signed an appeal calling governments to limit exposure to 5G because of the harmful effects of EMF revealed by numerous studies.
The Dangers of Free Radicals
What are free radicals? Live Science contributor Jessica Szalay explains, “Oxygen in the body splits into single atoms with unpaired electrons. Electrons like to be in pairs, so these atoms, called free radicals, scavenge the body to seek out other electrons so they can become a pair.” (Read the full article to learn more.)
This process causes oxidative stress, which has been linked to chronic inflammation and neurodegenerative disorders and may contribute to the development of cancer, diabetes, and other diseases.
Some of the ravages of aging are also caused by oxidative stress. To combat oxidative stress, you need to take protective measures, such as having a diet rich in antioxidants. Other healthy habits, such as sleep, exercise, and protecting yourself from the sun, can also fight oxidative stress.
Harm To the Human Microbiome
The human microbiome is consists of bacteria, viruses, and other microbes that live in and on your body. They may even be more numerous than the cells in your body! In addition to numerous other functions, a healthy microbiome allows our immune systems to respond properly to infections.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of foods in the typical diet that can harm it. Excessive sugar, white flour and gluten products, and alcohol, as well as overuse of antibiotics, can damage good gut health.
Finally, we tend to forget about the external damage caused by our internal thoughts. While there is plenty of research on the physical dangers of stress and negativity, a 2018 study discovered that negative moods could be a trigger for inflammation - an immune system response.
The dangers of our modern world affect more than just our feelings. Protecting your health naturally is a common-sense choice for people today and that begins with boosting your immune system.
How Can You Boost Your Immune System?
Let's address each issue individually. There are several steps to take to combat these five problems to naturally boost your immunity.
Whole Body Detox
The first step in this process is to create a plan to detox your home. Food is always the easiest place to start by changing out processed foods and those laden with chemicals for fresh and whole options.
But it’s equally important to think about detoxing your air, soil, lawn, water systems, and the everyday products you use, like hair care products, hand soap, and laundry detergent.
Big-ticket items can be harmful as well. For example, certain new furniture items, like couches and mattresses, can “off-gas” or leak chemicals.
Finally, you should keep in mind that you will never be able to detox everything especially if you live in an urban or suburban setting. You may want to consider specific detox options (infrared sauna visits, ionic foot baths, chelation) to help clear the rest.
Retool Your Home’s Medicine Cabinet
Rather than loading yourself up with chemical-laden products, take a new approach to your medicine cabinet. Homeopathic and herbal remedies for sore throats, scrapes, minor cuts and burns, allergies, and even stress are readily available nowadays at your local health food store or Whole Foods Market.
Protection From WiFi
How do you get protection when WiFi is all around? Start by turning off your WiFi every night or when it's not in use. Plug it into a light switch outlet or put it on a timer. If you have heavy internet users at home, this is a good way to reduce their exposure every day!
You can also shield yourself from radiation. There are phone covers, laptop protectors, EMF shields for your smart meter, and more. There are even devices you can wear for protection.
These devices can be costly so make sure that your purchases have 5G protection as well!
Boost Your Antioxidants
Eat foods that are rich in these antioxidants to naturally boost your immunity. Some excellent food choices include organic berries, dark chocolate (choose organic chocolate bars over at least 70% cacao), artichokes, carrots, red peppers, beans/legumes, seeds, nuts, and many green vegetables.
Healthline.com reports that the best nutrients to fight free radicals are vitamins A, C, E, and the mineral selenium. While food is always your body’s best source of any vitamin or mineral, you might want to consider supplementing vitamin C. Your body will absorb buffered or liposomal vitamin C the best.
Check with your healthcare provider before taking any supplements if you have a condition or are on medication that conflicts with extra vitamin C.
In addition to picking healthy foods, you should also try to avoid foods that trigger harm to your gut bacteria. Avoid sweets, too much alcohol, white flour products, and processed foods.
Choosing a good pre- and probiotic can help you to maintain good gut health. If you suffer from gastrointestinal issues, it’s likely that your gut microbiome is out of balance – this can impact your overall health, including your emotions! See a practitioner who understands the value of good gut health before making any other changes.
Manage Your Emotions
Stress, fear, anger, and other negative emotions are a natural and normal part of life. Each one serves a purpose. But if you let these emotions get out of control, your mental and physical health will suffer.
Find healthy ways to manage your emotions, particularly in times of crisis. For example, exercise is a great way to both boost your immune system and relieve tension. A hobby such as gardening employs the naturally stress-relieving activity of grounding while exposing you to vitamin D. This can help boost immunity - and your mood. Take a calming bath to soothe your anxiety.
If you are struggling with emotions, consult with a therapist or counselor who can help you in your journey to good mental health.
Naturally boosting your immunity is something we can all do. Whether it’s the onset of 5G or a newly discovered virus, toxic threats can and will arise. However, by having a plan in hand to address these issues, we can stand prepared no matter what comes our way.