All, at some point, we have sought remedies to increase the defenses of our body. Who has not resorted to consuming medicines or supplements to combat states of illness , decay, weakness, chronic fatigue and infections?
This is something so everyday that we do not realize that this is only a partial solution and ultimately ineffective, as is being demonstrated by the appearance of increasingly greater and stronger resistance from bacteria and fungi to antibiotics.
It is our that must fight these battles . A good immune system has the power and preparation to face endless wars against external pathogens and is able to stop almost any infectious disease.
What weakens the immune system?
After that, other diseases such as cancer, HIV infection, inflammatory bowel disease and all those that weaken our digestive system or the lack of certain nutrients entail “low defenses . “
Also influences the use of certain medical procedures , such as surgery and transplants, which involve a parallel medication to prevent rejection (which is achieved by weakening certain immune responses).
How does the immune system work?
Very basically we are going to name the elements that our immune system uses to fight against the invasion of external pathogens.
The effective warriors are the cells of the white series (leukocytes). These are divided into lymphocytes of two types: the “polymorphonuclear” (neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils) and the “mononuclear” (T and B lymphocytes and monocytes).
These soldiers, who are the defenses of our body, are very specialized and together they provide immunity coverage . When one of them fails or is weakened, our vulnerability to any type of invasion increases, thus producing infectious disease or other diseases such as allergies, arthritis,
Plan to strengthen the defenses of our body
These are some tips to raise the defenses of our body in a simple and completely natural way.
Eat calories to respond to attacks
We have to reconsider the consumption of stimulants to have a true “thermometer” of our need for rest. If the consumption of caffeine is excessive, it is possibly affecting your sleep patterns , and sabotaging your immune system.
Irish research concluded that taking more than 4 cups of coffee a day is enough to affect the immune system. Caffeine suppresses the functions of some key immune agents (lymphocytes and T cells).
The immune cells must have “fuel” to work
When our body ingests protein, it gets glutamine as fuel. If we do not consume enough protein, the body will “steal” the skeletal muscle , especially if we are doing physical work or sport, and lose muscle mass and not fat.
In addition, for our immune cells the amino acid glutamine is like super gasoline, it is very powerful, but it is consumed very fast. To correct this deficiency, after making the physical effort it is good to consume 5 to 10 grams of glutamine . Your white blood cells and your muscles will thank you.
Can our body repair well after exercise?
One of the functions of our immune system is to help cleanse the cells of waste. the muscles at work release waste that must be excreted.
The immune system is put to work and to help it is key what we consume after physical effort.
According to studies in the Journal of Applied Physiology, post-exercise nutrition prevented illness among Marines in the training camp. There is a series of data that indicate whether we rest enough or eat enough calories after exercise or not, and we have low defenses of our body:
- We are extremely tired most of the time, but it is hard for us to sleep at night.
- Our whole body hurts.
- We feel weaker and weaker in the gym.
- We often have cramps , muscle tears, etc.
If something of this happens to us, we have to reduce a little the frequency and duration of our physical effort . In addition we will take immediately after the effort a large glass of milk chocolate.
Having a healthy stomach
A chronically inflamed stomach can play an important role in different problems , ranging from heart disease and cancer to autoimmune disorders. If we often have a burning sensation in the stomach it can happen that we like too much the spicy or, most likely, we suffer an infection.
Have all possible areas of attack of pathogens monitored
We must ensure that the entrance points of our body (mouth, eyes, nose and ears mainly) are difficult to invade by germs. For this, we will not introduce our fingers in our mouths, ears, etc.
We must also check our skin for eczema and scabs, which can lead to recurrent infections with . Never shake the hand of someone with a cold, and if we do, we should wash them immediately with soap striking, especially on the nails that we will wear short.
Have the immune system well hydrated
Our soldiers must have good water reserves to work effectively . Hydration becomes even more important when you are sick.
The fluids transport nutrients to the disease site and carry the toxins for disposal. If we observe a dark yellow color in the first urine of the day, then we need more water. Ideal is to drink at least one liter of water on an empty stomach and two more throughout the day.
Natural remedies to strengthen the defenses of our body
There is a great variety of smoothies and infusions to increase the defenses of our body. In addition, we recommend avoiding foods with refined fats and sugars , consume at least 10-12 glasses of water per day to stimulate the immune system and expel toxins, 30 minutes of daily exercise and perform relaxation and deep breathing exercises.
In addition, there are many foods that can help strengthen our immune system . We can highlight the following:
- Honey of bees: it is a natural antibiotic. Take a spoonful daily.
- Ginseng: an infusion of ginseng a day is good for preventing diseases and for treating those related to immune problems.
- : the infusion of green tea stimulates the production of immune cells.
- Carrot and orange juice: liquefy carrot and mix with orange juice, taken daily at breakfast stimulates the immune system.
- Garlic, orange, onion and broccoli: mix juice of an orange with 2 cloves of garlic clove, 1 onion and broccoli. Take a glass daily for a week and rest a month.
- Tangerine, ginger, lemon and honey: mix juice of 2 tangerines, 1 lemon, 1 spoonful of grated fresh ginger and a teaspoon of honey with a little water. Take at least three times a week.
- boil ½ teaspoon of powdered echinacea in a cup of water for 3 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and rest. Take 1 cup every other day for 6 weeks.