Removing the toxic burden from the body is the first natural step toward optimizing your immune system. Toxins are everywhere, in our food, water, air, you name it. Nearly everything has got some sort of chemical or toxin in it. Our bodies are filled and clogged with toxic debris and are in most cases unable to properly flush these toxins, so instead our bodies end up storing them.
Toxicity in the body has been shown to dramatically reduce immune function, and has even been linked with autoimmune disorders. According to renowned Functional Medicine physician Dr. Mark Hyman MD, “The fact is, toxins may be the most important cause of autoimmune diseases”.
With that in mind, here are some natural ways to support your immune response and help you stay free from flu this winter.
Natural ways to support your immune system
1. Green juice and zeolite
The fastest, safest and most effective way I have seen to remove the most damaging and broadest range of toxins is a combination of pure liquid Zeolite and green vegetable juicing. This combination removes heavy metals like Mercury, Lead, Cadmium, Aluminium and radioactive particles like Strontium-90 and Caesium-137, and a broad spectrum of other unwanted toxic material, such as pesticides, herbicides, hormone mimetic’s, dioxins, nitrosamines, and other volatile organics. Unlike other forms of chelation, liquid zeolite absorbs and neutralises heavy metals and toxins in the body, so they do not cause any damage on the way out of the body.
In a pilot study by holistic physician Dr. Gabriel Cousens, a sample of 55 people were tested for toxins. Initially, it was found that there was an average of over 800 different types of toxins in each subject, including mercury, lead, aluminium and depleted uranium. A detox protocol – a green juice fast with a maximum dose of NCD2 Pure Liquid Zeolite – was administered for one week. After that time, toxicity tests showed an average of 88% removal of all toxic material in participants’ bodies. Participants who continued the same protocol for an additional week achieved a remarkable 100% removal of all toxic material in the body.
If you don’t want to go to the extreme of a juice fast, add a ‘green drink’ with zeolite to your daily routine.
2. Get off your butt!
We all know exercise is essential to a good immune system, but why? Well apart from the obvious one like sweating out lots of toxins, exercise is what powers your lymphatic system. Part of your circulatory system, your lymphatic system plays a major part in your immunity. The lymphatic system produces immune cells and in doing so, “defends the body against disease by launching immune responses”.
There is more lymph in your body than blood, and the best way to get it moving is to get off your butt and move! The more you move the more you stimulate your lymphatic system, reducing toxic load and supporting your natural immunity. Simple.
3. The turmeric “bomb”
If you do happen to feel like you’re coming down with something ‘buggy’, here is a special recipe that is sure to turn the tide and give your body a natural boost.
Ginger and turmeric honey “bomb” with zeolite
Makes 1/2 cup of mixture
1/2 cup / 120 ml honey (preferable organic unheated or medihoney)
2-4 tbsp freshly grated ginger (or ground ginger), depending on how strong you prefer it
2 tsp ground turmeric (or freshly grated turmeric if you can find it)
1 Freshly grated zest of one organic un-waxed lemon
2 pinches ground black pepper
15 drops of NCD2 Liquid Zeolite
Stir together all ingredients in a bowl. Taste and add more ginger or turmeric if needed. Aim for a really strong flavour, you’ll only add a few teaspoons to a cup of water.
Store the Ginger & Turmeric Honey Bomb in a glass container.
Boil a cup of water, and let it cool slightly (to keep the benefits of the honey intact) before stirring in a few teaspoons of the honey bomb mixture.
Drink and enjoy!
Alternatively, you can also add this combination to your favourite brewed tea.
4. Modulate with mushrooms
When it comes to immune system modulation (balancing), mushrooms are king!
Immune modulation is essentially ‘training’ your immune system to respond appropriately to pathogens, toxins, cancerous cells and other dangers. We want the immune system to take care of the problem at hand without over-reacting and killing healthy cells. Medicinal mushrooms are unique for this purpose, as they can both boost immunity, and help calm an over-active autoimmune response. With an immune system working in perfect harmony, colds and flu’s don’t stand a chance.
But that’s not all mushrooms can do. The modulating capacity of many varieties can also be helpful for addressing health challenges like psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other immune-related conditions. They also assist with reducing blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, improving circulation and oxygenation, improving cognitive health, improving digestive wellness, metabolic efficiency and supporting the cardiovascular system.
Of course, different mushrooms have different properties. To get the full spectrum of all the different kinds of healing agents mushrooms offer, use a blend of several mushroom species. Each mushroom species also has a unique arsenal of anti-infective and immunomodulation agents, and it is easier for pathogens in your body to adapt (and become resistant) to one type of mushroom than to several. So combining a variety of medicinal mushrooms is the best way to support your immune system in the long term.
[To learn more, check out my recent article Medicinal Mushrooms – Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing]
As far as supplements go, Megadefense is the most potent and broad spectrum mushroom supplement I have come across. It blends 6 medicinal mushrooms, including Turkey Tail and Himematsutake (2 of the most powerful), each offering a slightly different polysaccharide structure. It is 100% USDA certified organic, kosher, and non-GMO, and all the mushrooms used are grown in competition with each other, which stimulates production of the beneficial immune-modulating agents. It is blended to activate and modulate all 260 different types of human immune cells, and it includes the benefits of added micronised zeolite.
By clearing out the body’s toxic burden and modulating the immune system, you can help your body work at its peak – not just in flu season but all year round.
Medicinal Mushrooms: Immunity and Beyond, Dr Isaac Eliaz, MD, April 3, 2014
Medicinal Mushrooms – Ancient Knowledge, Modern Healing, By Gavin Bragg, july 21, 2014http://www.pureliquidzeolite.com/medicinal-mushrooms-ancient-knowledge-modern-healing/
Autoimmune Disease: Stop your body’s self-attack, April 20 2010 Dr Mark Hymanhttp://drhyman.com/blog/2010/04/20/autoimmune-disease-stop-your-body-from-attacking-itself/#close
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology 3rd Edition (2009), Missouri: Saunders Elsevier http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/34087860?q=+&versionId=41962372
Turmeric Bomb Recipe: http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/ginger-turmeric-honey-bomb/
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