Foods to boost my immune system

The best way to defend your body is with a healthy immune system

Mother nature is perfect and it has given us a natural army that lives in our body ready to fight at any time against foreign invaders. It not only defends our body from the attack of microorganisms, it also cleanses cells that have been damaged or are ill.

In a nut shell, it keeps us healthy.

There 2 types of immunity the non-specific that is in charge of targeting any and all foreign substances or microorganisms that the body perceives as invaders and the specific immunity which is a more complex form of defense involving B and T lymphocytes.

B cells produce the antibodies that identify the microorganism and the T cells directly attack and kill the invader.

There must be a balance between microorganisms and the immune system for good health.

APPROXIMATELY 95% OF INFECTIONS ORIGINATE IN MUCOUS AREAS

EYES, NASAL AREAS, AND MOUTH

Hence, why it is so important not to touch our face, or rub our eyes.

Nonetheless, our body knows best and these areas are protected by natural antibodies called IGA immunoglobulin type A that neutralize viruses as soon as they enter our body.

All other main entrances like the tonsils, gut, liver, lungs, etc., have macrophages ( swallowing cells) that collect and get rid of unwanted matter.

Infection occurs when bacteria, viruses or other microorganisms enter our body and begin to multiply causing the body to react.

And an infection spread occurs when the infection is transmitted from an infected person to a healthy person or through other sources of contact like infected surfaces etc.

Let’s dive a little into how the body works and what we can do to stay healthy and minimize the risk of infection.

The body has protective barriers:

THE SKIN

THE MUCUS

EAR WAX

THE STOMACH ACID

THAT IS WHY WHEN WE ARE AT RISK, OUR BODY REACTS BY COUGING, SNEEZING, VOMITING, DIARRHEA ETC.

What weakens your immune system:

The same way that we can strengthen the immune system there are lifestyle practices and habits that can weaken it.

Here are some of the most detrimental that we should avoid as much as possible:

  • Sugar
  • Alcohol
  • Smoking
  • Suppressed Emotions
  • Toxins
  • Poor nutrition
  • Poor Sleeping habits
  • Excessive Exercise
  • Processed foods
  • Stress

GOOD PRACTICES TO IMPROVE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

To have a healthy and happy immune system practicing good habits can make all the difference between getting sick or staying healthy.

So what makes our immune system happy:

  • A good laugh
  • Stress Reduction
  • Exercise in a balanced form
  • Crying to release emotions
  • Having good quality sleep 7 to 8 hours
  • Following a good nutritional diet
  • Avoiding an overload of toxins
  • Good Hydration
  • Consuming prebiotics (foods rich in fiber that feed our good bacteria)
  • Taking probiotics if in need of balancing the intestinal flora
  • Taking food-based supplements when necessary
  • Eating our last meal at least 3 hours prior to going to bed, that way we  support our body to use all its energy in repairing itself instead of using it on digesting the food

FOODS THAT STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • KALE
  • SPINACH
  • BROCCOLI
  • BERRIES :BLUEBERRIES, STRAWBERRIES, RASPBERRIES
  • PRE AND PROBIOTICS
  • MELON
  •  KIWI
  • SWEET PEPPER
  • SPIRULINA
  • CHLORELLA > increases the level of antibodies
  • MUSHROOMS

OTHER PRACTICAL TIPS THAT HELP YOU PREVENT INFECTIONS:

  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Taking off our shoes when we get to the house
  • Washing fruits and vegetables ( A mix of water and vinegar or water and baking soda is easy and effective )
  • Changing your pillowcase regularly
  • Switching to healthier skincare and beauty products

 

By supporting your immune system, you are protecting your body and keeping proper functioning of all systems. Also, let’s not forget that emotions and stress have a powerful influence on our immunity, so maintaining good mental health is crucial to stay strong and healthy.

 

Until next time,

Dora Salazar

 

 

 

References

Deeply Holistic A guide to intuitive self-care/ Author Pip Waller

How not to Die/ Author Michael Greger, MD., FACLM

benefits of drinking water for the skin

Water is one of the most important elements on the planet; without it, life cannot exist. Our bodies consist of 60% of water, but because several normal body functions this percentage can change, that is the reason why the organism is constantly asking to replenish the losing liquid.

However, it is not just to replenish that percentage; drinking water helps the body cells to function correctly, and everything goes smoothly on the body. One of the group of cells that benefits more from it are the ones of the skin; these cells need constant hydration to look healthy and fulfill its main function: protect the other systems and organs.

The correct amount of water

Everybody says that you should drink at least 8 glasses per day, but is it this total correct? Actually, it is right, but that can vary and it will depend of the individual metabolism, and of course the diet because there is a lot of water-rich food that contributes to the proper hydration.

Instead of looking to the amount, just follow these guidelines that the own body will provide:

  • Just drink when you are truly thirsty.
  • If you practice any kind of exercise or sport, the amount must be higher.
  • If the day is particular hotter or you live in a hotter place, water is a must and you will need to drink more to replenish the lost.
  • The urine can indicate if you are dehydrated; if it is darker than light-yellow, start drinking: you will need it.

Beauty benefits of drinking water

Many people don’t like to drink plain water, but even drinking juices or flavored water won’t give you all the benefits that normal and plain water can. There are tons of benefits for the body, but when it comes to beauty, hair, nails and skin are the ones that get the best benefits.

Hair

Many times we are observing those long, shining, and healthy hair that everybody envies, but for that drinking water is essential. When the body is starting feeling dehydrated, it will save the remaining water to protect the vital organs, that means that you can start losing hair, or it won’t look healthy and shining. So, if you want beautiful hair, water is the top thing on the list; besides, all the products and treatments.

Nails

This liquid is essential to have strong, natural and long nails. Weak and breakable nails are no longer a problem if you take the right amount per day. Soon you will be showing beautiful patrons and designs on your strong nails.

Skin

Using serum and creams are important to contribute to skin health, but the most effective and natural serum that you will find is water. With it, cells start working to provide a younger and fresh look without a lot of effort. Of course, age is important, but having a good drinking habit and avoid strong and dark drinks contributes to maintaining the body.

With the correct hydration, you can keep at bay breakouts and blemishes. People that suffer from strong acne problems tend to drink less water than people with healthier skin. It also helps to prevent and recover quickly after a weekend on the beach or pool.

With all these benefits is more than understandable the reason why doctors are always telling to drink water. And it is one of the easiest beauty products to find. Just remember to save it and never waste it. This element is important for every living being, and it makes the difference between life and death.

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what is overall wellness?

In recent years, people are under too much pressure, besides balancing the different aspects of their lives. Family, job, friends, and time for yourself can be hard. Probably you can’t find time for all of these, feeling so tired that result in physical and emotional conditions.

Many of those aspects are on the way to find overall wellness, which is the state of being in good health, getting better day by day. This has several dimensions that offer different benefits for every area of your life. To find a good balance, while keeping low levels of stress and emotional problems, you must work on each of the seven dimensions.

Seven dimensions of overall wellness

It can look difficult to maintain all the paths, plus all your responsibilities and demands, but having discipline wanting to take care of yourself will reward you with overall wellness. Learn all about the seven dimensions!

  1. Physical wellness: this one is of course about your body. Exercise, have a good time of sleep, eat a balanced diet, and pay attention to its warnings. Your body allows you to fulfill all your activities and chores, while having all the energy for the day.
  2. Emotional wellness: normally, people tend to withhold their emotions, and that will never be healthy. Learning how to process and express them will help you to have a better life. Follow several tips like talking with someone that will listen to you without judging you, have a positive and optimistic attitude, practice an activity where you can release your emotions, and accepting yourself for who you are.
  3. Social wellness: relationships are always a huge part of your life, so nurturing and having good ones are important for your overall wellness because being sociable is part of being human. Of course, with age finding new relations can be difficult; but with different techniques, you definitely can improve your social skills. Some of them are: join groups of common grounds, try to make new friends naturally, and nourish your existing ones.
  4. Intellectual wellness: your brain is one of the most important organs: it will define your personality, your intelligence, and knowledge. For that single reason, it’s important to train it. Age is not an impediment to keep learning new abilities and improve the old ones. Stimulating the brain is a fun exercise and one that has great benefits for you.
  5. Spiritual wellness: this dimension doesn’t depend on a specific religion, but if you want to rely on one is your ultimate choice. The is more about your beliefs, faith, and values that form your character and moral guidance. In hard times, you can take a deep journey within yourself and find all the guidance and strength to keep fighting and never give up.
  6. Environmental wellness: it will be important to treat your surroundings and the planet in general in good ways. Protecting nature will give you a feeling of doing the right things, and make others to follow your example. Earth needs us to be more in sync with its wounds, so help it to be better will give you a sensation of being a nice person and be on the right path.
  7. Occupational wellness: here, you will find passion in your workplace, but this is not about to have fun on it, it’s to find realization and be happy with what you are doing, your colleagues and your workplace. There are many ways to improve this dimension, and they will depend on your job and your personality.

To have a good quality of life you must work on these dimensions and applying them on your daily routines. These are the best qualities for our overall wellness, so keep improving to become the best you!

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Apply these principles that will help you lead a full life.

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