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Immune Health = Resilience

In times of crisis and in the long-run, the best protection in the face of viruses and other pathogens is an optimized immune system. 
Think of your immune system as a series of filters to allow things IN that you need (like food and oxygen) and to BLOCK OUT things that could be harmful (pathogens and toxins). We have both external and internal filters to fend off viruses and other pathogens. 
If something gets past your external filters, it’s up to your internal filters to deal with it:
External Filters:
  • Skin. Open wounds and skin that is dry and cracked weakens your immune system’s barriers.
  • Mucous Membranes. The linings of your eyes, mouth, nose, sinuses, lungs, digestive tract, and all body orifices. Anything that produces slippery mucous – so that pathogens can’t attach and take hold. If these are dry, you’re more vulnerable.
  • Body Hair. Ever notice that you have hair around all body openings? Eyelashes, nose hair, etc. Hair acts as a filter to catch pathogens and particles before they can go deeper. Over human history, body hair has gone in and out of style – along with the immune protection it offers.
Internal Filters:
  • Liver, Kidneys, Thyroid, and Lymphatic System, and pH of your GI tract filters everything that finds its way into your body. Even the enzymes in your saliva and stomach acid are anti-microbial. Your thyroid uses iodine to inactivate any pathogens that manage to get into your blood. If any of these are compromised, you’re more vulnerable.
  • Your “Circulating” Immune System (blood). White blood cells act like a patrol squad looking for trouble-makers. This depends on having enough calcium in your body. Sugar is like “kryptonite” to your white blood cells, temporarily paralyzing them. Eating the equivalent of the sugar in a typical Hershey bar is like putting handcuffs on your immune patrol squad for several hours.

How to Bolster and Protect Your Immune System

Since the organs of your immune system are literally constructed from the food you eat, start by letting food be your medicine. Schedule an appointment if we can help you with identifying any compromised areas, deficiencies, and your body’s specific nutritional needs. It’s never too late (or too early) to start protecting your immune system.

Where to Start:

  • Fats: lubricate and protect your skin and mucus membranes so pathogens can’t attach. Choose a balance of plant and animal fats. Avocados, olive oil, grass-fed butter or ghee, macadamia nuts, eggs yolks and meats from pastured animals can all be good sources of healthy fats.
  • Minerals: from clean protein sources strengthen and repair our tissues. Iodine from seaweed and seafood helps your thyroid purify your blood just like iodine tablets purify water. Calcium from green veggies help your white blood cell squad swiftly deal with invaders. Bone broth is a great source of numerous minerals.
  • B vitamins: from leafy green and cruciferous veggies. Helps your kidneys and liver collect wastes and toxins for removal.
  • Natural Vitamin C Complex: from dark berries, beets, and peppers (not commercial vitamin C, which is “ascorbic acid” typically made from corn syrup).
  • Lots of fresh, clean water.
Protecting your immune system through small but consistent daily habits will keep you resilient in times of greater challenge, and strong in the long term.