Strengthen the Immune System Naturally
"Among the most exciting applications of herbal medicine lie in treating abnormalities of the immune system. Clinical studies have shown that various herbal products are effective in treating allergies, asthma, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. Herbal medicine also has a unique potential usefulness in balancing the immune system in cases of chronic infection, preventing the immune system from turning on the body and causing destruction."
Phyllis A. Balch, CNC Prescription for Herbal Healing
A healthy, properly functioning immune system is absolutely vital to good health. It is the key to the healing process from the tiniest scratch - to the most complex virus. Even the aging process is intimately linked with the immune system. Compromised immunity leaves us vulnerable to disease and impairs our ability to heal properly and age well.
- SIGNS OF IMPAIRED IMMUNE FUNCTION
- CANDIDIASIS/ YEAST INFECTIONS
- RECURRING INFECTIONS
- CHRONIC FATIGUE
- CHRONIC DIARRHEA
- SLOW WOUND HEALING
People who have more than 2 or 3 colds or infectious illnesses per year are likely suffering from weakened immunity
WHAT IS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM?
The immune system is a complex system of interactions involving many organs and glands as well as substances such as bone marrow, white blood cells, lymphatic vessels and serum factors in our blood. Our immunity depends on all these components functioning together.
HOW DOES OUR IMMUNITY BECOME IMPAIRED?
Unfortunately, modern life is full of things that tend to depress our immune systems.
- CHEMICHALS IN HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS
- FOOD ADDITIVES
- ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTANTS
- OVERUSE OF ANTIBIOTICS
- POOR LIVING HABITS
- IMPROPER NUTRITION
Also many disorders have been linked to improper immune function including thyroid deficiency, diabetes, rheumatic heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and pernicious anemia.
For optimal immune function we need to address any disorders that may be inhibiting immune function. We also need to take steps to avoid exposure to toxins such as pesticides and chemicals we use around the house. Try wearing gloves when cleaning to avoid skin exposure and avoid inhaling fumes from things like bleach, oven cleaners, and the like. Make sure dishes and glassware are thoroughly rinsed of any residue from dishwashing liquids etc. Even though they're more expensive, consider buying nontoxic cleansers. Take steps to ensure that the soaps and shampoos you use are made from the most natural ingredients possible (Aubrey Organics is a good option). It is