Bullet Proof Your Immune System
Bullet Proof Your Immune System
For those of you who were patients of Dr. Franson’s you may have known him to carry around a pocket-full of acorns occasionally. If someone would say they were afraid of catching something, a cold, the flu, he would throw the acorns into a corner and ask, “what do you think will happen to those acorns”? “Do you think they will grow into trees”? And without fail the answer would be “no”. The next question would be “why not”. And most of the time the answer would be, “well, you need dirt, soil, basically fertile ground for the acorn to grow into a tree”. And Doc’s response would be something along the lines of “yes, that is correct and for you to become “sick” you need to be the dirt, you need to be the fertile ground”. We are all bombarded with germs, bugs, every day, but we need to make sure that we are taking the rights steps, the right precautions so that we are not fertile ground.
Our immune systems are a major concern for us all these days with the threat of Covid-19. Before we get into ways be can boost our immune system, lets check some of the facts.
And… Some thought from my sister’s Instagram:
Even though the likelihood of any of us contracting then dying from Covid-19 is minute, I think this is a great opportunity for us to review some basic rules for stopping the spread of germs as illustrated by the CDC. It is important to note that the CDC states that if you are feeling any cold/flu symptoms that it is not necessary to get tested unless you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for the virus.
- Avoid people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your mouth, eyes, nose.
- Stay at home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough, sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean frequently touched surfaces.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 2o seconds.
Following are my suggestions Bulletproofing your Immune System, or what I like to say, “the things you should do on a regular basis if you want to live a long, healthy life”.
Stay away from the ‘White Devils” – Flour and Sugar!
Foods made with flour and sugar kill your immune system. These are typically refined and found in most processed foods on the internal isles of our grocery stores. Evidence indicates that these foods, and I use that term loosely, promote a disease such as obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome and these can hamper your body’s ability to function well. Cancers primary fuel = sugar! Also, refined flour and sugar can disrupt the microbiome.
Avoid Genetically Modified Foods GMO’s
GMO’s can suppress your immune system, disrupt the digestive tract and trigger allergies. Some of the most highly modified foods are corn, soy and vegetable oils.
Don’t Kill the Messenger
Drinking alcohol can have a ripple effect on other behaviors that affect your health, according to Joshua Scott, M.D., primary care sports medicine physician at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles. Which can include poor sleep quality, bad food choices, less exercise, and greater dehydration, which can all negatively impact your immune system.
Eat Immune Boosting Foods
Onions and Garlic – antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Berries – anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, supports a healthy microbiome.
Citrus – Vitamin C for immune defense
Mushrooms – modulate immune system, good source of Vitamin D
Ginger – highly anti-inflammatory and has antioxidant effects
Bone Broth – rich in minerals and amino acids that nourish the gut and encourage healing
Turmeric – anti-inflammatory, helps to modulate the immune system.
Coconut Oil – anti-microbial and anti-bacterial
Include one red, green or orange vegetable or fruit in every meal. Vegetables and fruits are packed with disease-fighting nutrients (antioxidants, phytonutrients and anti-inflammatories) that bolster your body’s immunity, fend off inflammation and protect the body against disease. Getting them regularly (at every meal) means you’re constantly flooding your body with the protection it needs to fight illness and to stay strong.
Catch Some Rays
Now that the weather has turned this should become easier. Sunlight can boost your immune system. Moderate sun exposure prompts the body to produce vitamin D to regulate immune function. 30 minutes per day is recommended
But…. here in New England we also need to supplement with a good vitamin D supplement. Ensure that you are sufficient in vitamin D. Research shows the absolute importance of having enough of this pro-hormone in your body for optimal immune protection. In fact, since you make vitamin D naturally from sun exposure it might be part of the reason there seems to be a season for the flu from December to March in the north when you are least likely to get sun exposure. Make sure your blood levels measure between 40-60 ng/ml. Take 5000 IU of vitamin D3 during the winter months preferably with vitamin K to improve absorption. Click below for 5000 IU vitamin D with vitamin K:
Here are some more supplement recommendations:
- Take 1-2 grams of EPA-DHA fish oil from trusted sources to support healthy immune function and maintain a healthy omega 3/omega 6 balance. Click below for trusted Fish oil: https://in8wc.metagenics.com/omegagenics-epa-dha-720
- Zinc & Selenium: https://in8wc.metagenics.com/immucore
- Glutathione: https://in8wc.metagenics.com/glutaclear
- Turmeric/Curcumin: https://in8wc.metagenics.com/inflavonoid-intensive-care
- Vitamin C: https://in8wc.metagenics.com/ultra-potent-c-500
Research shows that sexual activity one or two times a week increases the production of IgA, an infection-fighting protein that prevents harmful microorganisms from binding to the lining of your digestive and respiratory tracts. No one to share the sheets with? Hugs, handshakes, dog petting, massages, and soothing music will also do the trick.
Laugh It Off
Scientific journals are rife with studies linking stress to almost every modern malady—from heart disease to the common cold. Research out of the University of Maryland, however, has identified one of the best ways to combat it: laughter. Researchers found that watching clips from funny increased blood flow—and, therefore, the circulation of immune-system cells—by 22 percent. Stressful clips, such as battle scenes from a war movie, on the other hand, caused blood vessels to constrict, decreasing blood flow by 35 percent.
And last, but certainly not least!
Get adjusted by a chiropractor. Research and clinical evidence have shown that chiropractic adjustments can give your immune defense T-cells a boost. Therefore, I recommend an extra adjustment to my patients when they are feeling run down. Chiropractic was originally licensed in 1918 during the flu epidemic because those who were treated by chiropractors instead of traditional medicine had a significant decreased death rate! Yes, chiropractic was in its infancy at the time since it wasn’t founded until 1895 and it has been known ever since then to improve natural immunity!
You don’t have to employ all the suggestions at once, but this is not only a recipe for boosting your immune system, it is a recipe for a healthy life regardless of the current viral concerns.
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Remember, wash your hands….. but the most important thing isn’t to avoid germs; the most important thing is to avoid BEING THE DIRT!
– Dr. Kevin