There are many measures you can take to ensure that your immune system is functioning at high capacity. These include:
• Avoid mercury, lead, aluminum/fluoroaluminum, lead, cadmium, pesticides/herbicides and fungicides and industrial chemicals.
• Avoid excess sugar, simple carbohydrates, and especially high fructose corn syrup. Also avoid excess intake of fruits. Use blueberry concentrate, which is low in sugar.
• Avoid omega-6 fats
• Eat or drink at least 10 servings of nutrient-dense vegetables a day.
• Take probiotics containing a prebiotic and at least 5 to 15 billion organisms at least three times a week. If you are taking an antibiotic, take two capsules twice a day during treatment and then two capsules a day for two additional weeks and one capsule three times a week thereafter.
• At least every other year get a comprehensive stool examination for probiotic organisms (Genova Diagnostic Labs). This will tell you your colon bacterial content, yeast growth pattern and other digestive functions.
• Avoid vaccinations, especially as an adult. The most dangerous include the HPV, tetanus, flu, and hepatitis B vaccines. Vaccines shift immunity to a Th2 phenotype that suppresses cellular immunity — which is most critical in preventing infections and cancer.
• Use only immune stimulants that selectively or predominantly activate cellular immunity. These include beta-1,3/1,6 glucan (BioThera) and Carnivora (a nutraceutical product from Europe). These should not be used daily, but once a week to keep cellular immunity in peak health. If you are flying or in a situation where you will be exposed to a large crowd, take the stimulants several days before and during exposure, and continue for a week after returning.
• Astaxanthin and lycopene are particularly efficient in boosting immune resistance to viruses. Many of the flavonoids have antiviral activity, and resveratrol and EGCG from green and white tea inhibit invasion of flu virus cells.
• Vitamin D3 is a critical immune modulator that reduces immune overreaction and boosts immunity when it is depressed. It also stimulates the body to produce proteins called antimicrobial peptides, which are powerful inhibitors of bacterial, viral, and fungal growth. In addition, vitamin D3 interacts with the vitamin D nuclear receptor, which dramatically boosts cellular immunity while at the same time reducing inflammation. The optimal dose of vitamin D3 for an adult is 5,000 IU a day with meals.
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