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How to Improve Your Immune System Quickly

Updated on February 28, 2010

Improving your immune system can be done quickly and natually

The first thing you must do is believe that you can improve your immune system. It may sound trite but, having the right mindset and believing in something is the biggest hurdle. This is why, in science, we see placebos work. It is simply because; the person taking the pill believed it actually would work.

I have personal experience with having a weak immune system. When I was in my early 20’s, I literally went to the doctor once a month due to some sinus infection, allergies, or some other ailment. I thought perhaps I was a hypochondriac. My doctor would look at me and prescribe me an antibiotic and, an increased dose of steroids for my asthma. I ended up in the hospital 3 times because of my asthma.

After going through this routine for over 2 years, I really couldn’t take it anymore. Let me also say, I brought a lot of this misery upon myself. That is the very first thing I had to accept. I had asthma and, I was smoking, I was drinking occasional, sometimes more than occasionally, I was extremely reckless. I had a diet that I wouldn’t even consider having today but, nonetheless, fast food was all I consumed. As far as what I drank- soda or alcohol- I didn’t like water.

I had hit bottom by the time I ended up in the hospital the 3rd time. I was making great money at the time but, I didn’t want to waste all that money on medicine. I had insurance but, I still had co-payments. I was spending well over 100 dollars a month on medicine and I was in my early 20’s? It was time for me to take a long hard look at my life and decide I did not, could not, and would not live like this. “If it’s this bad now, how is it going to be when I’m in my 50’s or, 60’s?” That is the question that got me thinking of trying to seek out other ways of doing things.

I still get sick, on occasion. However, it’s much more of a rare occurrence. I have actually gone a whole year without being sick and when I do get sick, I am not taking a trip to the hospital. I haven’t been on antibiotics in years. I did have to take some just before my wisdom teeth were removed but, other than that, I have found a way to strengthen myself and, avoid illness on a monthly basis.

First thing, I obviously quit smoking. You really can’t smoke, if you want to be healthy. I also cut back on the drinking and, got rid of the soda completely. Soda is not good for you at all. It sure does taste good but, once you remove it from you diet, you surprisingly do not crave it the way you did before.

Vitamin C and garlic- these are my miracle cures. Once I had decided that I was not going to go back to the doctor, I took these instead. Sure enough, the following month, I was sick. I had another sinus infection but, I was determined to fight through it on my own. I kept myself hydrated, took my inhalers as prescribed, increased my Vitamin C intake, and added garlic pills to my regime. I felt better after only a few days. This was the biggest hurdle. I knew I had to fight one of these infections on my own. Allow my body to do the work, not rely on pills.

You really need to use your own judgment here. Obviously, you would go to the doctor, if you felt, you just literally could not survive but, if you feel like you can fight it, do it. It's worth it.

Garlic is a natural anti-biotic so, it works similar to what you find in the drugs they give you except it’s not harsh and, it doesn’t kill healthy cells. Vitamin C is an amazing compound. I stumbled upon its properties when I was in college studying chemistry. I’m sure you know some things about Vitamin C already. Linus Pauling is the scientist that did the most in depth studies on its properties and benefits. It inhibits free radicals in the body. Free radicals weaken your immune system. You can also take as much Vitamin C as you like since, it’s water soluble.

Exercise is also very important to maintaining a healthy immune system. By exercising, you increase the body’s pH level. A healthy body has a pH level just above 7, slightly alkaline. Exercising assists in maintaining that healthy pH level.

I also found yoga to be truly helpful. Yoga is very relaxing and helps your body in so many ways. Yoga allows you to really get in touch with your body. You can tell when your body is slightly “off” or, doesn’t feel right. When we get sick, sometimes it feels like it just “came on all of a sudden” but, the truth is, there are signs that your body gives you well before you are sick to prepare you and, if you are not in tune with your body, you won’t receive these signs.

By doing yoga for a time period, you can learn to recognize these signs almost immediately. When you feel something coming on, simply increase your garlic and Vitamin C. They will fight off whatever is attacking your system before it becomes full blown.

Stay hydrated. Drinking water, but not too much, is essential. Too much dilutes electrolytes in your system. Staying hydrated allows any “bugs” to pass through your system much easier. It’s best to sip water throughout the day and not take big amounts in intervals. It’s also best to have room temperature water. The reason for this is because; your digestive system doesn’t have to work to do anything else. When you take water that is cold or hot, the body is shocked and has to compensate for temperature.

It’s important to wash your hands and keep yourself clean. This is obvious but, when you use hand sanitizer constantly, or when you go overboard with cleaning, to the point where you are fighting every germ, you are not helping your immune system at all. Your immune system has to learn to fight germs. Yes, keep yourself clean, keep your house clean, but don’t be afraid to get a little dirty. Use common sense here.

I’ve heard stories of the older generations taking their children down dirty alleys and such, with the sole purpose of teaching their bodies to fight germs. Not that I recommend doing this but, it does make sense. Go ahead and expose yourself to some germs.

There is much more that you can do to improve you immune system but, the ones that I have discussed here are the meat and potatoes of building your immune system. They have truly helped me. I have given this advice to countless friends. It does work. Remember, the first hurdle is determination. Believe that you can overcome illness and strengthen your immune system and then, take action.


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      callmefoxxy 8 years ago

      Thanks for the info Tuesday75.

      callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!

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      Tuesday75 8 years ago from Omaha, NE

      Thank you so much! :D

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      Dewey Cheatem 8 years ago

      Another great HUB Tuesday. Keep it up and you'll be getting lots of followers. Thanks for sharing.