Do Germs Really Make You Sick?
Did you wash your hands? Don’t touch that! It’s dirty! Cover your mouth when you sneeze! Is this fork clean? You can’t have a sip; I have a cold!
These questions and comments are drilled into us from a very young age. Most mothers and fathers would feel that they are falling down on the job if they are not constantly reminding their children to practice good hygiene. But does it really make a difference? Should we agonize about germs so much?
We all understand the importance of making common-sense hygiene practices a habit. But there is certainly more to the story than only avoiding germs and bacteria.
Hygiene is Important
So what should you do to keep yourself safe from germs? Well, I’m sorry to break this to you, but bacteria and germs are everywhere, so it is impossible to completely avoid them. There is no point in excessively worrying about being exposed to “bugs.”
Here are some common-sense tips:
- Wash your hands frequently and completely
- Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough
- Brush and floss your teeth on a regular basis
- If you are feeling unwell, take a nap and rest
- Stay away from crowded places if you feel under the weather
- Keep your fingers out of your mouth
Hygiene is important, but combating germs is only one aspect of maintaining a healthy immune system and keeping ourselves at the peak of health.
Instead of living in fear of being “attacked” by harmful invaders, we recommend focusing on boosting your internal resistance. Safeguard yourself and your family, fortify your natural and innate defences, by optimizing the health of your immune system.
Your Resistance is Key
Your immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work in concert to protect you from foreign invaders. Your immune cells are like the security guards of your body, constantly surveying and patrolling, making sure there is not a break in.
The key to understanding how to boost your immune system is to understand that the various parts of your immune system need to communicate with each other to work together optimally. Your immune system needs to be a seamless, coordinated team.
This coordination is known as your “biological terrain” that prevents you from developing an outward symptom when you are exposed to a bug or bacteria. The stronger your internal environment, the less likely you are to “fall sick.” The more rugged the terrain inside of you is, the more exposure you can handle and still thrive.
Strengthen your defences, don’t just attempt to avoid the germs. In fact, being exposed to germs, bacteria, and other foreign invaders, will make your immune system stronger and naturally more resilient. Your immune system adapts and remembers how to protect you in the future. It is an amazingly intelligent system.
Eat Well to Strengthen your Immune System
Follow these simple dietary tips to strengthen your immune system:
- Eliminate or reduce sugars and simple carbohydrates like:
- Bread, pasta, noodles, rice, potatoes
- Crackers, cookies, and biscuits
- Sweetened drinks like soda, energy drinks, sweetened tea
- Pastries and baked goods
- Eat abundant healthy fats like:
- Brazil nuts, almonds, macadamia nuts, pistachios, cashews
- Eggs (yes, eggs!)
- Grass-fed beef
- Free-range chicken
- Coconut oil, butter, lard
- Olive oil (uncooked)
- Fatty fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel
- Completely eliminate trans fats
- Reduce coffee intake
- Eat abundant green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, chard, and rocket. The greener the better
- Eat non starchy vegetables
- Eat fresh fruits
Manage Your Mental Stress
Long-term exposure to mental or emotional stress will depress your immune system. Make a habit out of doing your breathing exercises on a daily basis to stimulate the rest and relaxation centers in your nerve system.
This will go a long way towards improving the coordination of your natural defence system. Breathe deeply, slowly, and with intention to feel your stress melt away. Your immune system will thank you for it.
Get outside; go for a brisk walk. Go for a jog. Go to the gym and lift some iron. Do something on a regular basis to break a sweat. Exercise serves as a master reset button to your nervous system and will help restore harmony to your entire life. Your immune system will benefit as a result.
Your Nervous System Energizes Your Immune System
Your immune system is directly controlled by your brain through your nervous system. By far, the most important thing you can do to boost your immune system is to fine tune your nervous system by keeping your spine healthy, flexible, and aligned.
Chiropractic adjustments are gentle inputs of energy that stimulate your immune cells to coordinate and act more effectively.
Align your spine, optimize your nerve system, and boost your immune system.
In our next post, we’ll go over dietary supplements to keep your immune system healthy and strong.
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