Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Boosting Your Immune System Naturally

If by saying "an apple a day keeps the doctor away", you mean the entire panoply of fruits, vegetables and herbs including teas, then you are on the right track. By eating a large variety of these natural foods in meals and homemade juices, you will receive many of the micronutrients your immune system needs to keep you healthy naturally.

Whenever possible buy organic fruits, vegetables and herbs, as this will protect you from pesticide residue that may be found on inorganic produce. Where you cannot find organic produce, inorganic produce is better than nothing. But, don't forget to wash both organic and inorganic produce before you eat or juice them.

Washing your fruits, vegetables and herbs should cost you nothing more than finding a large bowl, 1 tablespoon of table salt, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Fill the bowl with water about an inch to the brim, add the table salt and lemon juice, and stir until the salt dissolves. Put the produce in the mixture for 5 minutes, drain out the mixture and refill the bowl with fresh water, then rinse the produce. After rinsing they are ready to be eaten or juiced.

That said, it is important to know that fruits, vegetables and herbs do not cure diseases, they maintain good health once you have acquired it. Therefore, not going to see your doctor when you are sick, and hoping that fruits, vegetable and herbs will cure you is a bad idea.

Having regular medical check-ups to uncover any hidden illness you might have before it is too late should be your top priority. Early discovery of diseases are much easier to cure and cost less than when in their advance stages. Once you are medically cured, you can then maintain your good health naturally with juices made from fruits, vegetables and herbs, along with a balanced diet and regular age-appropriate physical exercise.

These sensible foods and physical exercise will go to strengthen your immune system, which is responsible for protecting your organs and metabolic processes. Your immune system comprises of specialized cells, proteins, tissues and organs designed to defend your body against invading microorganisms and harmful substances.

The major players in your body immune system are the white cells or leukocytes, produced in the bone marrow. Their job is to seek out disease-causing microorganisms and toxic substances, and destroy them.

Leukocytes are of two kinds: phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes are cells that capture and chew up invading microorganisms, while lymphocytes recognize microorganisms which were once in the body and destroy them. Lymphocytes are made up of B lymphocytes and T lymphocytes, both important in your body defense system.

So far I have been talking about specialized cells responsible for defending your body. When healthy, these cells are able to fully defend your body against disease-causing microorganisms and toxic substances. However, they can be weakened or completely destroyed by certain deficiencies. Among these deficiencies are:

Immunodeficiency Disorder is when part of the immune system is missing or not working properly. An example of this immune deficiency is AIDS; where the B and T lymphocytes or phagocytes are either severely weakened or destroyed.

Autoimmune Disorder is when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body healthy organs and tissues, as though they were invading microorganisms. An example of this deficiency is lupus.

Allergic Disorder is an overreaction of the immune system to exposure to antigens in the environment. An example is asthma. Allergens in the air will provoke an allergic disorder resulting in sneezing, or anaphylaxis in severe cases.

Cancer of the immune system is when the immune cells reproduce out of control. For example, abnormal growth of the leukocytes and lymphoid tissues will cause cancers such as, lymphoma and leukemia in children and in adults.

When diagnosed with any of these immune deficiencies, get the best medical care available to you, and tell your doctor about your regular intake of homemade juices from fruits, vegetables and herbs. Tell your doctor also about the type of teas you are drinking to help him or her evaluate and incorporate your effort to naturally boost your immune system into your overall treatment.  

You will notice that I have put a lot of emphasis on the cell to press the argument that the key to maintaining good health naturally is taking care of your cells. Once your cells are provided the right micronutrients from homemade juices, a balanced diet and adequate oxygen from age-appropriate physical exercise, your immune system will get a boost, and keep you healthy naturally.

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