Oftentimes someone who has been diagnosed with a disease will say that their condition “just appeared out of nowhere.”
Trust me, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Disease is instead C-R-E-A-T-E-D over time.
And the single most significant factor that will determine whether your number will come up in the disease lottery is how overloaded your immune system is.
The more you neglect, stress, challenge and taunt your immune system, the less it will be able to protect you from illness.
Plus you can also run the risk of your immune system going haywire and making you sick by itself!
Trouble is, many of us are abusing our poor immune systems much more than we realize.
Let’s look at this concept of immune overload and look at ways you can help support your immune functioning.
Unlike your other bodily systems that you can easily pinpoint (like your heart and blood vessels, your lungs or your GI tract), your immune system is EVERYWHERE inside you.
It’s in all your cells, your gut, your bloodstream, your lymphatic system, your organs—everywhere.
And when it’s functioning like it should, it’s protecting you with the strength of an army against sickness and disease.
But it has its limits…and when it gets overloaded, that’s when trouble starts.
Two of the most common causes of immune overload are:
- Stressors that challenge the immune system
- Nutritional deficiencies
Here’s the scoop on those:
Stress—the different types
There are three different kinds of stress—physical, emotional/mental and environmental—and each has a negative effect on your immune system.
Physical stressors include any kind of infectious agent—a virus, harmful bacteria, parasite or fungus.
They also include things like chemical substances we take in--all drugs (OTC, prescription and recreational) and alcohol, plus temperature changes and physical inactivity.
Emotional/mental stressors include stress from jobs, relationships, family challenges, tragedies (death, divorce), schoolwork and overbooked calendars.
Environmental stressors are the largest, most uncontrollable category of stressors. They include things like:
- Air and water pollution
- Chemicals in food from radiation, pesticides, herbicides, artificial flavors and preservatives
- Lawn chemicals
- Heavy metal exposure from contaminated water, vaccines, amalgam fillings, wood stains and pipes
- New building chemicals (from paints and carpets)
- Vehicle exhaust
- “Off-gassing” from chemicals on hardware stores shelves
Your immune system must have adequate nutrition in order to function and protect you.
That means getting a variety of proteins, fats, carbohydrates and phytonutrients from real foods.
But the nutrition issue is a double-edged sword.
You see, not getting needed nutrients is bad enough, but if you aren’t eating real foods, that likely means you are eating processed or fast foods.
Not only do these “foods-stuffs” not nourish you, but they can feed the harmful bacteria in your gut (where 70 percent of your immune system resides). Eventually the harmful bacteria can overpower your friendly flora, which can hamper your immune functioning.
In addition, they can also lead to poor digestion, which can result in badly digested food molecules seeping into your bloodstream and taunting your immune system into overreacting. (This is how many allergies and food sensitivities are created.)
Are YOU overloaded?
Now that you’ve seen all the ways you can overload your immune system, you’re probably wondering where you stand.
Well, if you have allergies, an autoimmune condition, get repeated infections and viruses or have a chronic disease, immune overload is practically a GIVEN!
Here are five ways you CAN make a difference in the health of your immune system and encourage it to function more like it’s supposed to.
The Five Immune Overload Reducers
1- Avoid bad bacteria "chow"
Avoid fast food, processed food, sugars, refined carbs and excessive alcohol consumption.
All of these feed the harmful bacteria in your gut, which makes it easy for them to crowd out your friendly flora and hamper your immune function.
2- Chill out
Stress causes your body's protective mucosal barrier to become less effective at defending against dangerous pathogens.
There are many ways to help de-stress: Meditation, regular exercise, taking up a hobby, counseling, deep breathing, prayer, adopting a pet, volunteer work and seminars, to name a few.
3- Nourish the good guys
It's crucial for the health of your immune system (and your overall health) to eat a nutritious diet that can be efficiently digested.
When you focus on consuming good carbohydrates (like whole grains, vegetables and legumes), get enough fiber, and have healthy sources of fats and proteins, you not only encourage better digestion but also you help nourish all of your immune players!
The Great Taste No Pain health system can help make this a snap for you.
In Great Taste No Pain, I show you how to choose good, healthy sources of carbs, fats and proteins, and how to structure meals that are more easily digested by your system.
I also explain the dangers of refined, processed foods and bad fats that are literal poisons to your body (and deadly to your immune system).
4- Take a high quality probiotic supplement
If you want to ensure a strong "gut army" you need to recruit enough troops.
And Super Shield multi-strain probiotic formula is as good as it gets for recruiting the force you need.
Two of the powerhouse strains in Super Shield probiotic formula, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus acidophilus, have been shown to be extremely effective in fighting dangerous microbes.
And Super Shield's 11 other potent strains help keep your intestinal flora in a healthier balance, ready and able to fight off harmful microbes and support your intestinal wall.
Note: If you are on immunosuppressive drugs for an autoimmune condition, be sure to talk to your doctor about probiotics or any other supplements you take.
5- Get enough B12
In addition to helping your body generate energy and keeping your thinking sharp and clear, vitamin B12 is also essential for a strong immune system.
Problem is, many people are deficient in B12 and don't know it.
And even if you eat food sources of B12, it’s not always easily absorbed in the GI tract.
The best way to help make sure you have enough is to supplement with an oral spray form of B12--like Hydroxaden 2.5.
Each daily dose gives you a full 2.5 mg of B12, comprised of two of the best forms--hydroxocobalamin and adenosylcobalamin (the form of B12 most used by your brain).
Recover from immune overload!
By giving your immune system the nutritional support it needs as well as de-stressing, you can help YOUR internal army protect you and keep you feeling great 365 days a year.