Amber Approved Magazine | Sept/Oct | Sixth Edition

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Ways to Build Your Immune System to Prevent Colds and Flus

When it comes to colds and flus, our first instinct is to blame the people around us for getting us sick. We blame the kids at school, our co-worker who came to work sick, the person sneezing beside you on the train, but the truth is whether we get sick or not is actually dependent on our own body, our own defense mechanisms not anyone else’s . We are all exposed to thousands of microorganisms and toxins on a daily basis, and whether they make us sick or not is really about how strong our natural immune system is. The immune system is our internal defense system against the external environment. Its function is to maintain clear boundaries between “self” and “non-self”. Our immune system protects us against invading microorganisms including bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites; and toxins. It is our body’s internal environment that determines our susceptibility to infections. Our best defense against colds and flus is an optimally functioning immune system.

There are a number of ways that we can support a healthy immune system. 1) Eat whole, natural, real, organic, non-GMO foods Approximately 75-80% of our immune system is housed in our digestive tracts, therefore we can support a healthy immune system by eating a healthy diet that consists of whole, natural, real, organic, non-GMO foods and avoiding major inflammatory foods including wheat, cow’s dairy and refined sugar.

2) Take Probiotics Studies on the human microbiome demonstrate that a decrease in the diversity of the microflora of the digestive tract contributes to a lowered immune system. By taking a probiotic supplement, the healthy bacterial flora in the digestive tract, it increases the biodiversity of gut flora and lays a solid foundation of health which is needed to build a strong immune system.

3) Drink 2-3L of filtered water per day Our body is made up of 70% water therefore drinking water is essential for supporting our body’s functional health. Drinking 2-3L of filtered water per day will help to clean our cells by flushing out infections and toxins and replenishing clean fluid stores intracellularly and extracellularly. Sixth Edition -

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