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How To Best Improve The Immune System; Improve Immune System; Advice On Our Immunity

Updated on April 2, 2012

Good Advice On How To Improve Your Immunity

This article focuses on how to best improve the immune system. Firstly, this is about looking at your life in a holistic way. We will look at overall health, food, exercise and finally, practical natural ways to help improve and boost immunity. There are no magic pills and there are certain factors that can destroy the immune system.

With this in mind, we will look at this so as you can stake the odds in your favour for a better immunity outcome. There are also a couple of very good videos to add to the writing material, links to some further reading and a herbal remedy recipe that focuses upon improving the immune system.

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Improving the Immune System is about Lifestyle Choice For Better Health

To improve the immune system doesn't take too much effort. It is a lifestyle choice. Firstly the immune system is linked to your overall health. In order to improve this you have to look at the bigger picture. That includes what you eat and exercise.

So let us start with the basics. A healthy diet is a diet rich with nutrients. Nutrients that stem from natural sources are the best. These include lots of fruit and vegetables that are bursting with trace elements, vitamins and minerals. It is these that help us to glow.

We need to balance our diet with green leafy vegetables, like sprouts, brightly coloured root vegetables like carrots and beetroots with a range of fruits. 'Range' is the keyword here. We need to eat a variety of at least five fruit and vegetables a day - more if possible - for health.

Super foods like strawberries, cranberries and blueberries are known for their 'super' properties involved in immunity. In fact it is recommended that cranberry juice be drunk as a way of helping with recovery of cancer. So you can see the importance of a diet rich with a variety of fruit and vegetables can be.

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More On Food & Boosting Immunity

Seeds, Pulses and Nuts Can Contribute to Improve The Immune System

Of course a balanced diet requires more than just fruit and vegetables to help with the immune system. Other elements help the body to process and work effectively. Nuts, seeds and pulses are a low fat source of protein, minerals and vitamins. They can also lower and maintain low colesterol.

The good news is that pulses and seeds count toward a portion of fruit and vegetables, whilst nuts are a great source of iron. If you want to read more about the benefits of nuts, seeds and pulses, please see the advice on pulses, nuts and seeds from the food standards agency. This link will take you to the Food Standards Agency.

A healthy diet rich in seeds, pulses and nuts, can contribute to improve the immune system.

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Selenium Helps With The Functions of The Immune System - Eat Protein!

A healthy diet also requires low fat proteins to help with repair, renewal and body function. If you want to improve your immunity, then you have to think of the whole of your health. You can't have a healthy immunity without a good healthy diet.

Proteins from nuts, low fat meat and fish are good for you. Oily fish is particularly good for the brain (omega 3 and 5) and the joints, as well as lowering cholesterol. White meat like chicken and turkey are a good alternative to the more high fat alternatives of red meat. Beef and lamb can be particularly problematic when it comes to clogging arteries over a long period of time. However, this isn't to say that you should abstain, it is about moderation.

Meat, fish and nuts are the best sources of selenium. Now selenium is very important to improve the immune system as it helps it to function properly. You can get good levels of selenium in Brazil nuts, so if you can eat a couple of these a day, this will really help, particularly if you are vegetarian. Bread and eggs also provide some selenium.

Selenium, therefore, contained in eggs, fish, meats and nuts, when eaten, is a great way to improve the immune system. As I said, a healthy diet is one of an overall ways of improving immunity.

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What Factors Decrease The Immune System?

Now, we are talking about how to improve the immune system, but what if we look at what decreases immunity. If we know what we are fighting against, we can try and avoid these things, thereby giving our immune system a fighting chance.

Well, alcohol robs us of vitamins and minerals. We now know the importance of these to our immune system, so why destroy what we have tried so hard to improve? Smoking also has a detrimental effect on immunity, as well as lack of sleep, fatigue, stress and old age. So if we make a concerted effort to give up smoking and find ways of dealing with stress, this could improve the immune system. A good healthy diet, as suggested, can have a positive effect these detrimental factors - ah, the benefits of a balanced diet!

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Exercise And The Immune System

What about exercise? Does this have an effect on the immune system? Actually, yes. Moderate exercise like walking, swimming and bicycle riding can help increase immunity. If you want ideas on great moderate exercise methods and why, please take a look at my article on aerobics fitness. Now this article is targeted toward senior citizens, but it is absolutely wonderful for anyone! It is geared to be non-stress exercise. suggests that consistent moderate exercise can improve the immune system. It also suggests that too much intensive exercise can be detrimental and reverse the good effects on the immune system. If you want to read more about from this article, please go to the bottom of this hub.

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How to Improve Immunity With Herbs

If you want to boost your immune system, particularly when you first identify that you are about to get a cold or flu, I swear by echinacea. I tend to give myself regular high doses of the herb and I have found that it wards the illness off. I also swallow garlic gloves like tablets. I usually gulp down about 3 segments every few hours at meal times. I smell like hell but I find that if a cold is breaking out, the illness fleas and dies a death. It works for me and it might work for you.

I also have a herbal remedy which helps infectious disorders that might help.

The wide range of infections to which the human being is subject can hardly be discussed in a few sentences. However, as stated, garlic is a superb and powerful herbal antibiotic. Taken regularly, especially during winter, it will gradually build up resistance against infection.

Eucalyptus is another antibiotic remedy. The tree was known as the fever tree because of its effectiveness against infections and fevers. Boil 1oz (25g) of the leaves for one minute in 2 pints (1litre) of water, leave to stand (still covered) for ten minutes and then strain. A small teacupful is to be taken of the infusion four times a day. This should combat the virus and other infections.

Bayberry bark is used by herbal therapists for various infections and can be incorporated into many remedies, whilst a tincture of wild indigo taken in small doses (5 drops in a desert spoon of cold water) every two to three hours will gradually win the war against persistent viruses.

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How To Improve Immune System? It Requires a Good Healthy Regime.

So factors surrounding the issues of 'How To Improve Immune System' seems to be around maintaining a good healthy regime. This is about lifestyle. However, there are methods to boost this by listening to your body and giving up bad health habits like smoking. We need to listen to our bodies so as when there is a time that we feel we are under attack with some sort of infection. We can also help ourselves by taking 'infection control' therapies like garlic and echinacea which will help boost our immunity. A healthy lifestyle can, not only improve immunity, but avoid diabetes and help us gain a feel good factor. This article is one of four in a series, please check the others out for more - below.

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Successful Herbal Remedies For Treating Numerous Common Ailments by Nalda Gosling, ISBN 0-7225-0941-3

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    • shazwellyn profile image

      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      jayjay... interesting thought for cats, eh? Seriously, I swear by echinacea - it sends a cold or flu running!

      Keep up the good work jayjay!

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      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Billyaustin... Yes, I see your point, but I dont think I would want a diet of them! lol Thanks for reading, hope you gained from the info!

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      jayjay40 8 years ago from Bristol England

      Great advice I found echinacea very good at keeping me healthy

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      billyaustindillon 8 years ago

      Excellent ideas here Shazwellyn. Koalas use the Eucalyptus in nature - all they eat is gum leaves, says a lot.

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      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Hayleylou - Im glad it was of help :)

      @Anath - A boost might do you good - good luck! :)

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      shazwellyn 8 years ago from Great Britain

      Thanks wavegirl. It is always lovely to greet you and I am glad you liked the hub. As you look at your Eucalyptus plant, are you thinking in terms of remedy or beauty? hehehe

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      Anath 8 years ago

      Thumbs up, this is exactly what I am needing as I am a bit run down lately. I have started taking echinacea and I am trying to sleep more. Thanks for the advice.

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      hayleylou 8 years ago

      Great advice here - some tips I will be using :)

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      Shari 8 years ago from New York, NY

      smart smart and smart advice. . great info and a great presentation to boot! I love Eucalyptus and as I am typing this I am looking at my little plant and it is saying hello to you :)))) Thumbs up Shaz. . WTG !