Our bodies are constantly exposed to virus, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and toxins. A healthy immune system works to prevent these from causing major illnesses. Nevertheless, when the pathogens are stubborn, or you are exposed to toxins and allergens for too long, you develop chronic inflammation. And chronic inflammation is one of the major causes of today’s disorders like auto-immune diseases, allergies, heart conditions, diabetes, cancer, and digestive disorders.
An immune deficiency occurs when the immune system is not working correctly. There are two types of immunodeficiencies, a primary immunodeficiency deficiency is one you are born with (genetic cause). A secondary deficiency happens when an outside source overwhelms your body, like a toxin or an infection.
Anything that impairs your immune system can lead to a secondary deficiency and eventually lead to a significant illness like allergies and autoimmune disorders. Believe it or not, your daily habits positive or negative have a considerable effect on your immune function. For example, practices that can weaken immunity are:
Did you know being too clean can also weaken your immune system? See when you make your environment too clean, you minimize your exposure to many foreign pathogens that you lessen the development of the immune system, and you may also unintentionally reduce the good bacteria in your environment. Mainly, this is important in the case of young children, because if they’re not exposed to harmful microbes at all, their bodies won’t be able to develop the antibodies to fight them off. So Instead of going overboard with disinfecting everything in site, practice good hygiene. Live a normal life. Clean regularly, but don’t be obsessive about it.
On the other hand, there is plenty you can do to support your immune system, for example:
I have found very effective to use herbs like echinacea, astragalus, and elderberries to boost the immune system, that is why I use them often when in my immune formulas. Mushrooms are also great to boost immunity, in particular Shiitake and Reishi. There are studies that have shown that shiitake mushrooms even kill the HPV virus! Yet, another reason why they are one of the ingredients in my immune syrup.
Ah and don’t forget vitamin C, and zinc as they are supplements that also promote immune health.
Until next week,
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 14 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.