10 Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System and Boost your pH

  1. Avoid Sugar.   Processed sugar is like poison to the body.  It is highly acidic and places a huge burden on our liver.  High Fructose corn syrup is especially bad because unlike glucose, which is metabolized in every cell in the body, fructose must be metabolized in the liver.  This can eventually result in fatty liver disease. If that wasn’t enough, fructose interferes and changes the metabolic process in our cells, causing oxidative damage.

  2. Limit Alcohol. High doses of alcohol suppresses the ability of the white blood cells to multiply, inhibits the action of killer white cells on cancer cells, and lessens the ability of macrophages to produce tumor necrosis factors.  Alcohol can also in-case intestinal permeability resulting in leaky gut. Alcohol is also extremely acidic and places a huge burden on the liver, all of which effect immunity.

  3. Reduce your intake of processed foods.  That includes fast foods, junk foods or anything that is prepackaged.  Processed foods are highly acidic, chemically laden foods that are detrimental to your health and immune system.  They are often genetically modified foods, filled with artificial flavors like MSG, artificial colors, processed sugar such as high fructose corn syrup, transfats, preservatives and tons of other ingredients you can’t begin to pronounce.  Processed foods have no place in a healthy diet.

  4. Drink filtered, alkaline water.  Not all water is created equal.  Tap water is filled with toxic chemicals like chlorine, chloramines, fluorine, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds and even pharmaceutical drugs.   Bottle water is not much better, many being just bottled tap water in a plastic bottle which leeches toxic BPA (a potent hormone disrupter that has been associated with many health problems).  If the chemicals weren’t enough, the water is also very acidic.  The high pH of such water and the chemicals they contain can severely affect your health and your immune system.  The best water for your health is one that filters all harmful contaminants, increases the pH and gives you the added benefit of antioxidants.  Life Ionizers has a great line of water systems.  They have a range of products for every budget.  Pitcher of Life is wonderful affordable filter, which provides alkaline water.  If you decide to stick with bottled water, at least add some fresh lemon juice to your filtered water to increase the alkalinity. 

  5. Cut back on coffee.  Although coffee has some antioxidant properties, it can suppress your immune system if you overdue it.  Many of the chemicals in coffee irritate the stomach lining causing an increase of stomach acid leading to digestive disorders and affecting your body's ability to assimilate nutrients like alkalizing calcium, magnesium, and potassium.  Coffee is also one of most heavily pesticide sprayed crops and it is highly acidic. Coffee can also exhaust the adrenal glands hampering the immune system, not to mention the dehydrating effect it has.  Keep coffee to a minimum and opt for organic whenever possible.

  6. Eat an alkaline diet filled with lots of immune boosting antioxidant foods like fresh fruits, vegetables and leafy greens.  Keeping your pH in check will allow your immune system to function at it’s best. Avoid excesses of meat, dairy, sugars, and certain grains - all of which make your body more acidic. If you feel you cannot get enough greens in your diet, try taking a green powdered supplement.  It works wonders for your alkalinity and overall immune health.

  7. Take a probiotic. Probiotics are live microorganisms that naturally live in your digestive tract and aid in digestion and research has shown that probiotics can help build immunity.  They also help to get rid of yeast and other harmful organisms, all of which hamper the immune system. 

  8. Get some sunshine. It’s summer time. Get some vitamin D.  Sunshine not only improves your mood, but also your immune system. Research shows that vitamin D, which is made when our skin is exposed to sunlight, plays a key role in activating white blood cells that protect the body from the flu.  A series of laboratory tests documented in the Journal Nature Immunology showed that the vitamin D turns dormant white blood cells into  'killers T cells' that seek out and destroy infections. To maximize vitamin D from the sun, expose as much of the body as possible, without using sunscreen for short intervals so that you do not burn.

  9. Get enough sleep. Getting enough sleep keeps your immune system primed and ready to fight off invaders.  It is also the crucial time when your body heals. Sleep allows your body to replenish its supply of white blood cells.  If you don’t get your rest, you are more venerable to colds, flu’s and other infections.  Aim for eight hours of sleep every night.

  10. Reduce stress.  Stress, especially chronic stress can have serious effects on your health.  Hormones are naturally released during stress but prolonged activation of these responses can cause immuno-suppressive effects.  Stress also creates acidity which can be become a problem in a body that is already overly acidic.  Take the time to reduce stress in your life.  Try exercising, mediating or just taking time for you.   A get cd for dealing with stress is called “Abolishing Anxiety” by Emmet Miller

References

Paul Rosch, MD; John Sheridan, PhD; The American Institute of Stress; MEDLINEplus

Sources

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1256149/Sunshine-play-vital-role-in.html

www.askdrsears.com/topics/family-nutrition/foods-boost-immunity/4-habits-weaken-immune-system

 

 

 

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration.  The preceding information and/or products are for educational purposes only and are not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Please consult your doctor before making any changes or before starting ANY exercise or nutritional supplement program or before using this information or any product during pregnancy or if you have a serious medical condition.


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