Having suffered from excess stress for years, I found that besides my hormonal balance, my immune system got impacted. Excess stress leads to excess cortisol, which leads to increased inflammation in the body. In simple terms, you end up being more prone to catching any bacteria that is out there, and never really feeling 100% healthy.
If you want to know whether your immune system is compromised, ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you catch colds or flu easily?
- Do you get those more than 3 times a year?
- Are you suffering from recurrent or chronic infections?
- Do you get frequent cold sores, or fungal nail infections? Or do you have genital herpes?
- Are your lymph glands sore and swollen at times?
- Do you have now or have you ever had cancer?
Did you answer yes to any of the above questions? Then your immune system is compromised, and I’d advise you read the below tips to change that situation.
As I looked into it for my own health, I found tools to support the immune system and become more resilient. It does take a few months to boost your immune system if you want to go the natural route, but it is well worth it to get your body to work for you. In my particular case, when I used to get a cold I could not shake it for more than a month, even taking over the counter pills. Now, just increasing vitamin C and zinc when I get a cold (I’ll get to that in section 2 of this blog post), it goes away within 2-5 days. That was quite an incredible change for me, and I am sure if you follow my path you will find too that it works great for you.
- No smoking.
- No alcohol.
- Drinking 2-3 liters of water a day: drinking enough water is very important for a proper detox of the body.
- Maintaining proper body weight.
- Getting 7-9 hours of sleep a night: not getting enough sleep puts stress on your body. When you don’t sleep enough, your body ends up using energy to keep you awake and moving during the day, instead of fighting any bacteria that is attacking you.
- Exercising regularly.
- An anti-inflammatory diet: includes increasing intake of green vegetables and good fats, reducing consumption of acidifying foods such as meats, grains, dairy products, any sugary products, coffee, etc. — Did you know? Too much sugar in your diet lowers your white blood cell activity, i.e. your immune system; so try to limit your sugar consumption (including fruits) to less than 50 g a day.
- Blood sugar management: includes eating breakfast within one hour of waking up, and eating meals regularly.
- Vitamin C (ascorbic acid): 500mg every two hours, until you reach 3 g a day. Once you feel better you can decrease your vitamin C absorption to 1-1.5 g a day. As a side note, it is important to know that in some people increase intake of vitamin C creates lose stools, so monitor that as you take your vitamin C. I use this one: https://iherb.co/4morgpEd. It includes a bioflavonoid complex, which has also been proven to improve the immune system.
- Vitamin D: 2,000 to 4,000 IU (International Units) a day. Ideally you should measure your blood levels and adjust dosage according to your needs. Like me, if you don’t get much sun during the day, you could increase the dosage over a week to 10,000 IU. I personally use this one: https://iherb.co/5sdaZZzx.
- Zinc: 20 to 30 mg a day. I use this one: https://iherb.co/KPyEan2.
Did you find this article helpful? Do you have anything else you’re using to boost your immune system? Please leave a comment below. I read and reply to all comments posted.