This list is the result of an experience I had with my own immune system. I’d gone to a dentist to have a tooth pulled and he insisted that I take antibiotics for a week afterward. I was resistant to the idea, knowing how they affect the immune system. They are, after all, anti biotic. But I acquiesed.
The first day I was on the drug I could feel my energy dropping. By the end of the week I was beginning to have severe bronchitis and sinusitis, digestive system issues, and yeast infections which resulted in UTIs. It took me six months of intense work to bring my immune system back up to where it had been before I took the antibiotics. During that time I used everything I had in my Immune System Improvement tool box.
Everything on this list is what I did, used, and took during that time. It’s a long list and I didn’t do everything everyday. Neither do you need to do everything everyday, but doing some of the items each day will assist you in building a stronger immune system. I offer them in the hopes some or all may also help you strengthen your immune system.
Please note that this is information about my own experiences. Use your own discretion and know that your results may vary from mine. Information within this list is meant for educational and informational purposes only. The information contained in this article is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your own research and/or consultations in partnership with your health care provider.
1. Tai Chi – stimulates internal organs, increases energy flow throughout the body, and boosts the immune system. Additionally, it is mentally relaxing and is often called a “moving meditation”.
2. Walking – a 20 minute walk preferably mid-day gives the body exposure to sun that it needs for vitamin D. Brisk walking also strengthens the respiratory system with deep breathing, thus oxygenating the body.
3. Meditation – calms and relieves stress. If you don’t have a favorite method or don’t know how, there are guided meditations and visualizations available on CD and as downloads.
4. Qi Kung – a Chinese method of moving Chi, or life force energy within the body, stimulating vital organs and supporting the immune system
5. Gardening – putting your hands in the dirt connects you with Earth energy, which is very calming and soothing.
6. Dry Brushing – aids the Lymphatic System in moving toxins out of your body. Begin at the extremities – hands or feet – and with the palm of your hand brush lightly toward your center with long, gentle strokes. For example, brush from the wrist to the elbow, then from the elbow to the shoulder. Make sure to brush all surfaces of the limbs and brush ONLY toward your center.
7. Circular Deep Breathing – When you’re feeling tense, anxious, angry, or any other such emotion, you subconsciously begin to breathe shallowly. This reduces the amount of oxygen your body receives. Consciously begin to breathe deeply by emptying your lungs, then slowly and gently inhale through your nose, bringing air deep into the bottom of your lungs. You should see your stomach extend as you do this. If not and your shoulders rise instead, you’re shallow breathing. (Women: wearing a bra restricts your ability to fully open your lungs so you may need to work harder at this or else take off your bra.) Continue bringing air into your lungs, filling them from the bottom up to the top. When your lungs are completely filled, slowly release the air from the top of your lungs to the bottom. Repeat.
8. Soak in a bath – add a handful of Epsom Salts to warm or comfortably hot bath water to pull toxins created by depression out of your body.
9. Eat Organic – the more organic food you eat, the less energy your body has use to fight against the effects of chemicals in the food.
10. Drink LOTS of pure water – to help your body rid itself of toxins, drink plenty of pure water (no chlorine, fluoride, or other chemicals)
11. Do not use dryer sheets or fabric softeners – these products are loaded with chemicals, some of which are on the EPA Hazardous Materials list. The chemicals remain in your clothing and are rubbed off on your skin when you wear the clothes. Whatever goes on your body, goes into your body. Additionally, the fumes from these products are especially damaging to the respiratory system and can cause bronchitis, asthma, and other such ailments. Instead use baking soda to remove odors and to soften fabrics, white vinegar to remove static cling, and woolen dryer balls in the dryer to remove wrinkles.
1. EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) Commonly known as “tapping”, this method relieves disruptions in the body’s energy system that are the cause of all negative emotions. Many previous studies have shown that emotions such as anger and stress can adversely affect the immune system. It only takes a few minutes to feel relief using EFT. Instructions here: https://www.emofree.com/nl/eft-tutorial/tapping-basics/how-to-do-eft.html
2. Flip Switching – Research has shown that over 90% of all conscious thought is actually subconscious programming. This method works to reprogram your subconscious to those thoughts beneficial to you. Simply shift your thought whenever you find yourself thinking negatively. It needn’t be the opposite of the negative thought – just something that makes you feel happier.
3. The Emotion Code – Created by Dr. Bradley Nelson, this quick and easy process releases trapped negative emotions such as anger, fear, and sadness from the body.
4. Psych-K – This process re-writes the subconscious beliefs you hold that are controlling over 90% of your conscious thoughts. Those beliefs can easily create emotional imbalances which compromise the effectiveness of the immune system. A certified practitioner can guide you through the simple yet powerful process in person or during a phone session.
5. Music – Specific sounds and rhythms affect us emotionally, some beneficially and some detrimentally, and emotions affect the immune system. There are CDs and downloads of music that were created purposefully to calm and uplift the emotions. Two of my favorite sources are Jonathan Goldman and David Gibson. Their CDs and downloads are available online, as are many others.
1. Elderberry Extract – a dropper full in a glass of water each morning is my favorite way to start my day of supporting my immune system. My body even seems to crave it!
2. Vitamin D3 – Deficiency in vitamin D3 is associated with increased autoimmunity as well as an increased susceptibility to infection. I used to take vitamin C to support my immune system, but discovered it was making my body too acidic and causing UTIs. A doctor told me to substitute D3 because it’s not acidic and is just as effective in supporting the immune system. I now take D3 and no longer have UTIs.
2. Herbal Extracts – there are many liquid herbal extracts created to help support the immune system. My favorite is a few drops of a daily immune builder in a glass of water every day.
3. Herbal Teas – Nothing soothes like a hot cup of aromatic herbal tea. There are single teas and blends available. I use Traditional Medicinals because I like their blends and because they’re organic. My favorites to help boost my immune system are Throat Coat and BreathEasy.
4. L-Lysine – is an amino acid that has been found to be effective in preventing and treating herpes virus, especially cold sores. It has been called a viral retardant that deters viruses from proliferating. L-lysine strengthens the immune system in the liver and aids in some of the organ’s most important functions. When taken with acidophilus, it’s effectiveness is enhanced, according to a pharmacist who informed me about cold sores and Lysine years ago.
5. Probiotics – Although there are kajillions of types of probiotics in pill form, I prefer to eat my probiotics in yogurt. Whatever form you prefer, probiotics are an important part of a strong immune system. They enhance the health of your digestive system and some say they aid in reducing allergies.
I use only the highest quality of oils available. I make sure they are steam-distilled, which means there are no chemicals used in the distillation process and thus no chemical residue in the oils. They also must be organic and laboratory tested to conform to Therapeutic Grade, the highest grade of oils.
1. Clove – highly antiviral
3. Idaho Balsalm Fir
4. Tea Tree Oil
Methods of application: diffuse; apply directly to wrists, temples, neck, on edge of ears, over heart, and on chakras; directly inhale; add 2 – 3 drops to your bath water (my favorite!); apply a few drops to cotton balls and put them on vents in your house and car.
These books have proven valuable to me in helping me to learn about the relationship between the immune system and emotions/beliefs. All these books are available at Amazon.com.
1. The Biology of Belief by Bruce Lipton
2. Evolve Your Brain by Joe Dispenza
3. The Emotion Code by Dr. Bradley Nelson
4. You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay