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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Opportunity for Immunity with Impunity

With winter officially arriving soon, comes the season when you must do all that you can to boost your immune system to protect against the onslaught of colds and the flu. Consequently we thought it prudent to update the WisBits website with concise, pertinent information on that topic and are noting it here on this blog, with the following high level list reflecting the more detailed info that resides on the website. The following list is in no particular order, but we have tried to annotate the more optimal immune boosters, but these are all very good in their own way. If you would like to go directly to the new website page on immunity, just click on this link.

Also, note that any of the nutrients on this list indicated to exhibit antioxidant properties are said to be beneficial in the treatment of influenza -- click on this link to view one of many recent articles about research findings that indicate antioxidants are the "Achilles' heel" of influenza. It is not the intent of the following list to fully address antioxidants, but if interested in more extensive information on the subject, click on this link to our page on antioxidants.

Garlic is incredibly beneficial to your immune system because it is antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal.

Extra virgin unrefined coconut oil not only boosts your immunity but also provides numerous other highly beneficial health properties such as prevention of diseases and cancer.

Fermented Foods such as kefir, natto, kimchee, miso, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, Greek yogurt, and even olives all contribute to raising your immunity level.

Unpasteurized, raw whole milk has beneficial bacteria and fats that are said to boost your immune system.

In the absence of whole milk, whey protein is a good substitute.

Blueberries are very potent immune boosters as well as highly beneficial antioxidants.

Chlorella is an efficient detoxification agent, even binding to toxins such as mercury and eliminating them from your system. Also, chlorella contains chlorophyll which cleanses the blood, aids in the assimilation of oxygen, and promotes the repair of your tissues and organs, all of which of course strengthen the immune system.

Mushrooms are one of the few foods that provide vitamin D, said to be the most potent immune enhancer. The beta glucans in medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake are notable for their ability to strengthen the immune system.

Propolis is a resin produced by honey bees and is said to be the most broad spectrum antimicrobial compound in the world. Propolis is a rich source of caffeic acid and apigenin, which are important phenolic compounds that boost the immune response.

Vitamin D3: this is said to be the one most crucially important protector against all types of winter illnesses.

Vitamin C: even if you manage to consume fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C, in the winter months you need to supplement daily with 2,000 mg of vitamin C.

Horseradish is a very powerful natural antibiotic and is said to be helpful in fighting off the effects of colds and influenza.

Turmeric is a known immune system booster and is said to be many times stronger than vitamin C.

Green tea is rich in polyphenols in the form of natural chemicals called catechins. The most powerful catechin in green tea is epigallocatechin (aka EGCG) which has been reported to be many times more potent than vitamins C.

Tulsi tea, used for thousands of years medicinally in India, is loaded with antioxidants and is said to exhibit numerous health benefits, to include support of the immune system.

Oregano oil provides enhanced immunity. Oregano the spice does also, but the oil is a concentrated stronger form necessary to ingest adequate amounts of the beneficial properties.

Avoid insufficient rest and sleep, as it tends to run down the immune system.

Exercise, but don’t overdo it. “Moderate” exercise is widely stated to boost the immune system function, but it is also widely stated that “intense” exercise can have the the opposite effect.

Increasing oxygenation of the body is also widely stated to boost immunity. This of course is a natural benefit gained from the aforementioned moderate exercise, but practicing “deep breathing” should also be considered.

Avoid ALL sugar, including foods and condiments that contain it.

Avoid consumption of toxic metals, particularly in the food chain, e.g. tuna and seafood contain mercury.

Avoid vaccines -- enough said.

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