Bullet Proof Your Immune System

 

 

                                                               

Bullet Proof Your Immune System                  

Fall 2010~Chicago

            

It’s getting to the time of year when it’s a good idea to start doing several things to strengthen your immune system.  A good defense is the best offense.

I believe, “the healthier you are, the stronger your immune system will be, and the less likely you are to get sick”.  So I try to avoid those things that can lower my state of health and do those things that can increase my overall health.

We have a lot going against us this time of year.  There is less sunlight and it gets colder so we tend to stay indoors more.  Less time outdoors in the sun usually means less immune supporting vitamin D.  The lack of sun can cause depression in many people (which lowers your immune function).  The dry air from your furnace will dry out your respiratory system and leave you open to infection.  More time indoors also means you will probably be sharing the same air with others who are already coughing and sneezing.  The holidays come with mucho stress, late night parties, and lots of sugary (immune suppressing) sweets.  No wonder this is the “cold and flu season!”

“So how can I strengthen my immune system and do everything possible to avoid getting sick this year?”, you ask.

First, what not to do:

Every year I am asked by several people if they should get the flu shot.  I have had several people tell me that they swear by them.  On the other hand, I have had several people tell me that the flu shot has made them sick. Two of my clients had elderly parents who got very sick  and died only a couple days after their flu shot.  Personally, I have seen no convincing study that leads me to believe the flu shot works for anyone. The CDC generally will report after the flu season that the flu vaccine for the given year was only slightly effective for preventing flu.  It’s recognized that many people do get “flu like” symptoms after their vaccination.  There are always risks (usually understated by those selling the shots) to any vaccination.  Therefore, I do not ever take a flu shot.

Anti-bacterial soap and hand wash is all the rage.  Last year a few of those antibacterials were recalled because they contained unsafe levels of bacteria…go figure.  Anyway, antibacterials may kill some bacteria but those same chemicals that are toxic to bacteria are also toxic to you and will lower your resistance to bacteria.  Further, most of the antibacterial hand lotions contain alcohol which will remove your skin’s natural antibacterial oil and dry out the skin leaving it open to infection.  And by the way, if you are washing your hands so many times every day that the skin is red, your doing the same thing.

 

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Halloween is the first major sugar fest of the season and it gets worse from there.  Sugar will decrease your immune response by up to 40% and contribute to mucus, so limit the sugar. Remember, cakes, cookies, fruit juices, soda, etc, are all sources of sugar (unrefined coconut sugar is a healthy alternative for baking). Artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame can compromise your immune system.

Breads, pasta, and other wheat-based products tend to produce mucus and convert to pure sugar almost the moment they enter your mouth.  For a strong immune system, cut bakery products (even whole grains) out of your diet.

In addition to other issues, milk products (milk, cheese, ice cream, etc.-butter is ok) can create mucus.  Mucus can become a breeding ground for virus and bacteria.  Avoid milk products.

The next question should be, “so, what can I do?”

Get outside every day.  The fresh air and sun have wide-ranging benefits for your mood, immune system, and overall health.

As the summer winds down and it starts to get colder it’s easy to turn into a couch potato. Exercise not only strengthens your muscles but also builds up your immune system. Get outside and measure a mile.  Walk it every day in under 14 minutes.  Another great way to exercise is to get a re-bounder (mini-trampoline).  A re-bounder is one of the best ways to tone your muscles, improve balance, and stimulate the lymphatic system to work better (an important part of your immune system).

Sleep! If you are not getting enough quality sleep, sleep can be the most important factor for improving your health. You can go a long way in preventing illness by getting at least five hours of uninterrupted sleep each night (ideally eight hours).  The more consistent your bed time and meal times, the better quality of sleep you will have.  The earlier your bed time (9:00pm-10:00pm) the better quality of sleep you will have.  The lighter and earlier you eat the last meal of your day (before 6:30pm), the better quality of sleep you will have.

Hydration is always very important for building and maintaining health. I recommend mixing 1 teaspoon of Pink Salt with 64 oz of purified or spring water per day and drinking it over the course of a day.

Stay warm! My mother was constantly yelling at me, “Michael Anthony, do not go outside without your jacket and hat or you’ll catch a cold!”  I was foolish then, but with age comes wisdom (hopefully).  What I have learned over the years is that cold weather does not cause colds (just as I thought),  but cold weather is stressful to your body.  The stress from weather change will lower your immune system function and open the door to illness.  So bundle up and wear a hat when you go out.

Use a humidifier.  As it gets cold, the heat comes on, and the air drys out.  Dry air will damage the lining of your nasal passages and throat and allow virus and infection to get in. Run your humidifier 24/7.  A little Eucalyptus Oil in the humidifier or sprayed in the air is a good way to destroy airborne infective agents.

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The greater your stress, the lower your immune system function will be.  Resist doing more than you can handle this holiday season.  Enjoy what you have and stop worrying about what you don’t have or what you can’t give.  Learn to be content in all things:

(Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-20)

Try to take one day per week and do nothing but rest (physically and mentally).

Eat your greens.  We live in a time where we have relatively fresh produce available to us year round.  Eating lots of dark, green, leafy vegetables is a great way to enjoy the anti-infective and immune building properties of whole food food source Vitamin A and C.

Herbal and nutritional supplements can also be an important part of building a strong immune system.

I recommend that you keep these products on hand all winter long:

Catalyn is one of the best whole food vitamin supplements on the market.  It covers all the bases and is a good starting point for any health program. Start with chewing six tablets per day for two weeks and then maintain with three tablets per day.  If you get over tired, eat too much of the wrong food, or get extra stressed, go back up to six tabs per day.

Vitamin D3 is one of the most researched vitamins of the day.  It has been found to be a key factor for hundreds of important processes in your body.  One of the surprising findings in the current research is that vitamin D has a huge influence on your immune system.

Unless you are already supplementing with vitamin D (at least 5000 units per day), or you work outside all year round, it is almost unheard of to have optimal vitamin D levels.  You can check your vitamin D levels by ordering a vitamin D  test [25(OH)D] at Directlabs for a discounted price.  Most labs consider levels above 30 ng/ml as adequate, but most of the current research suggests optimal levels between 60 and 80 ng/ml.  If you are already vitamin D deficient, you will need a high potency D3 (20,000iu – 30,000iu/day for eight weeks and then 5,000 iu/day there after).  

Beware, not all vitamin D supplements are the same.

Cataplex ACP is an old stand by.  Vitamin A and C, especially in their whole food form, have strong anti-infective and immune system building properties.   Vitamin P is the old term for bioflavinoids, which in combination with the vitamin A and C will keep your immune system working well all winter long.  Chew up six per day.

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Thymex and Nucleotide are both great products to have on hand if you do start to get sick.  A Swiss study found that Nucleotides will stop a cold or flu 96% of the time.  If you are starting to feel like you are getting sick, chew one Catalyn, one Cataplex ACP, one Nucleotide, one drop D3, and one Thymex every waking hour (or if you begin to notice yoursymptoms at night, take ten of each before bed the first night then follow the above recommendations from there on out) until you feel better, and then take six of each product per day for one week.  If you have a sore throat you can suck on Thymex and gargle with salt water throughout the day.  At the first signs of getting sick stop all sugar and milk products and get some extra rest.

You can bet you can always find a supply of these nutrients on hand at my house.

We believe there is a better way to stay healthy all winter long.  Stay on top of your health this year and enjoy the holiday season.  Remember, “If you always do what you always did, you’ll always get what you always got!”

God bless,

Dr. Mike Andreano

               

 

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