Boost Your Immune System Naturally!

It's that time of year again...or so we think. The "Flu and Cold" season is in full swing and as always people are frantically looking for answers to avoid it. Commercials for free flu shots and cold medicines are abundant. And the fact remains that those are temporary, reactive (not proactive) solutions. So obviously the question is; what is the provactive, more permanent solution? And the answer would be building a strong immune system! Now, you might say "well duh, Doc." So now the question becomes how do you build a stronger immune system? So here we go:

  1. First things first; you must have an optimally functioning nervous system. To do that you need to be well-adjusted and stay on top of your chiropractic appointments. When your spine is subluxated (this means interfering with the nervous system) your body naturally goes in to a "fight or flight" response just as it does with any alarming stimulus. This in turn allows your body to increase inflammation that may manifest as your "flu or cold."
  2. Remove inflammatory foods from your diet. The big three here are grains, dairy (with the exception of non-denatured whey) and legumes. These are the 3 that most people are sensitive to. And the reason why you need to remove them is again to reduce the chronicity of being in the stressed "fight or flight" response.
  3. Rebuild your gut using supplementation such as l-gluatamine and licorice root. There are some very specific blends that you can get from your healthcare provider that do this fast and efficiently. Also, be sure you are staying away from inflammatory foods.
  4. Replace with a highly concentrated probiotic blend containing several different types of the beneficial bacteria. I recommend starting off with about 30 billion CFU's 2 times per day.
  5. Get your vitamin D levels checked. If you are below 70 then I suggest you increase your dosage. Personally I take a maintenance dose of 5,000 IU per day. But if you are sick or have a less than optimal dosage, you may need to take more for a small period of time. The reason is that vitamin D plays a huge role in our regulating your immune system amongst other things. The world's leading vitamin D authority suggests that ~80% of North Americans are deficient.
  6. Get your omega 6 to omega 3 ratio checked. It should be at least 3:1. The average American is somewhere around 20:1. With this largely skewed ratio we see a whole host of inflammatory problems becoming epidemics in our society.
  7. Eat across the rainbow. Each color provides it's own individual benefits. Whenever we do this we consume several anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant nutrients.
  8. Boost your glutathione levels. Again, low glutathione levels are usually apparent with inflammatory conditions. The fastest way is through an IV drip, however, this is costly. The most natural way is to consume grass-fed beef products and non-denatured whey protein. Glutathione is the most powerful anti-oxidant known to man, and like vitamin D3 and your omega 6:3 ratio, when it's in it's "sweet spot" good things happen.
  9. Exercise regularly. Being on a regular excercise boosts your immune system's function. I recommend at least 150 minutes per week. But don't over-do it as this can then become inflammatory as well.
  10. Sleep. Be sure you are getting 6-9 hours of quality sleep each night. Again, if you don't you are not giving your body enough time to rebuild and you are again putting your body in a state of "fight or flight."

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