When my friend’s doctor handed her a prescription for antibiotics and told her she was "good to go," she wasn’t feeling so good—especially after her fourth round of antibiotics!
She asked the doctor if there was anything that she could do, besides taking the antibiotics?
"Nope," he said. "This is it."
What her doctor didn’t tell her was all she could do to help strengthen her immune system so that her body would be stronger and less likely to be infected by bacteria that exist all around us in every moment.
What her doctor didn't tell her was a simple strategy to take charge of her health: Look within. Ask yourself how you're responsible for creating your health. (By the way, this applies to any other situation in which we find ourselves!) Ask what you can do right now to make it better. Take action!
That is what prevention is all about: doing something that will move you toward what you want to manifest. If you do nothing different, you'll get more of what you already have.
Here are 9 tips to strengthen your immune system:
1. Eat alkalizing foods.
Eat more fresh, raw organic vegetables.
2. Stop eating acid-producing foods.
Cut out sugar! Stop eating wheat. Stop eating grains. Stop drinking coffee and alcohol. All of these are highly acidic.
3. Eat superfoods.
These are potent foods rich in nutrients. Have a superfood smoothie everyday. (I like The Rainbow Superfood Smoothie Mix from Bright Earth Foods.)
4. Get your daily dose of coconut oil.
It's one of the cleanest sources of fuel for your body. It is an essential fat, which means essential for life. Coconut oil anti-bacterial and anti-viral. Great in smoothies and to protect your skin.￼￼￼￼￼￼
5. Expose your skin to sunlight.
Vitamin D from the sun is crucial for immune system function. There is no substitute for natural sunlight! All you need is 15 to 20 minutes every few days as Vitamin D is stored in the body.
6. Sleep more.
Most people are sleep deprived. Sleep restores hormone and cortisol levels (and so much more!) so your body can cope with stress and heal itself. Cellular repair happens during sleep. Optimal is 8 to 10 hours.
7. Stay hydrated.
Drink 1 ounce of water for every 2 pounds of body weight each day.
8. Salt your food to taste!
You cannot stay hydrated without salt! Use only whole Himalayan Sea Salt. NEVER eat white table salt!
9. Reduce stress.
Meditate daily for 5 to 30 minutes. Breathe deep and relax your mind. Tune into your body. Feel and listen. Let your thoughts flow, without engaging with them. Notice how each thought makes your body feel inside. Then, return your attention to your breath.
What techniques have you found most helpful to promote your health?