28 Oct How to Make Friends with Your Immune System Naturally
One of the greatest pleasures in life is having good friends: those who will stand by you and be a source of comfort when you need it. Your body—and more specifically your immune system—also need good friends to keep it functioning optimally.
In today’s challenging times, the importance of friends has become even more apparent. Many people are reaching out virtually for companionship and fun, as well as for information or tips on how to stay as healthy as possible and in particular- how to support their immune system. While isolation, hand washing, and wearing masks can go a long way toward the latter goal, it’s best to have more friends to help you along the way—and products that help to boost your immune system naturally. We need to choose those friends and products carefully, however, when it comes to supporting your immune system year-round.
Unfriendly ways to support your immune system
The marketplace is full of options purported to support immune function, ranging from hand sanitizers to antibiotics and nutritional supplements. However, consumers need to be aware, as some products can cause more harm than good.
Take hand sanitizers, for example. Many gels, wipes and liquids are certainly helpful in killing bacteria, but some products contain ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, which is a neurotoxin and skin irritant. Triclosan also can be found in sanitizers, and this toxic pesticide can disrupt hormone function and not even kill flu or cold viruses. In dire situations, many more people are relying on antibiotics which kill both bad bacteria and even your good gut bacteria.
Lifestyle friends of your immune system
One of the more important things you can do to support your immune system is follow a nutrient-dense diet and choose organically grown produce. Nuts, leafy greens, citrus fruit, berries, ginger, cold water fish, and green tea are among the best foods to help enhance immune function.
Routine exercise is another way to support and maintain immune function. Avoid smoking, use of illicit drugs, excessive alcohol consumption, chronic stress and insufficient sleep.
Sufficient sleep plays a big role in maintaining your health. Our bodies simply need ample time to rest and repair and if you lack sleep, it can affect your immune system. Research shows that a lack of sleep increases your chances of getting sick upon exposure. Not only that, insufficient sleep also determines your recovery time from sickness like the common cold.
The ideal amount of sleep for most adults range from seven to eight hours. Teens need more like nine to 10 hours and children even more. How many hours per night are you getting?
Nature has provided us with many natural remedies that may help boost your immune system. Consult a qualified healthcare professional before you take any supplement.
- Astragalus is an herb that may suppress inflammation and control immune system cells.
- The petals of calendula (aka, pot marigold) have been noted in some literature to possess immune supportive benefits including anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- In a meta-analysis that included nearly 2,500 participants, the herb Echinacea provided respiratory support.
- The authors of one study noted that aged garlic extract may enhance immune cell function among other benefits.
- Green tea contains catechins which are potent antioxidants that help destroy free radicals, support immune function and as an added bonus can boost energy levels.
- Oregano oil contains volatile oils that provide antioxidant support and help in sustaining overall well-being.
*See Natural Path Silver Wings’ Colloidal Silver herbal blend products which contain both Echinacea and Oregano.
The power of colloidal silver
The benefits of colloidal silver have a long history dating back over 2,400 years. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, wrote about this natural element during ancient times and over generations, people used silver topically, to help purify water, and immune supporting purposes. Today, NASA uses silver for water purification, physicians use it for burn patients and you’ll commonly see silver nitrate being applied in infants’ eyes upon birth.
More and more people are turning to colloidal silver to safeguard their immune function, and for good reason because numerous research shows the safe and broad-spectrum benefits colloidal silver provides.
Using colloidal silver supplements
If you want to provide you and your family (including your pets) with immune support year-round, then Natural Path Silver Wings colloidal silver can help. It’s safe, very easy to use, doesn’t require refrigeration, contains no allergens (corn, eggs, gelatin, salt, sugar, wheat, or yeast), nor artificial flavoring, coloring, or preservatives.
Because Silver Wings colloidal silver is atomic, it keeps its colloidal state, unlike ionic processed colloidal silver products, which can become ineffective over time.
Natural Path Silver Wings colloidal silver products are a safe and natural choice for supporting your immune system and your entire family, (especially as we navigate these trying times). True colloidal silver is amber color (as nature intended), virtually tasteless and come in convenient droppers and spray bottles with various strengths between 50PPM – 500PPM (parts per million). The higher the PPM, the greater number of silver particles per serving yielding greater concentration and increased immune support.
Silver’s been safeguarding human health around the world dating back over two millennia. Afterall, this many generations can’t be wrong.
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