Your immune system is made up of over a trillion “fighter” cells designed to seek and destroy disease before it can harm you.
And if you lived in native times, your “fighter” cells would provide you with more than enough protection.
But today our modern environment isn’t letting your immune system do its job.
Everything from the nutritionally void foods in our grocery stores to free radicals in cosmetic products, and toxic pollutants in the air weaken our immune cells. And this makes it much more likely for us to get sick.
I’m going to show you a simple 2-step solution to my patients to fortify your immune system and keep it in tip-top shape. And you can use it, too.
Here’s what you do…
Step 1: Give your immune cells the important nutrients they depend on.
Your body uses your immune cells in two different ways. You have “smart” cells that can recognize and destroy enemies like pollen or bacteria. White blood cells called T-cells either attack these enemies – called antigens – directly or make antibodies that bind to an attacker and destroy it.
You also have other cells that get rid of infections right away on contact.
It takes a lot to keep all these cells going strong. You can help both kinds work better with these nutrients:
• Vitamin D – This is your #1 immunity vitamin. We always knew vitamin D played a role in immunity. But a recent study shows your immune system can’t work without it. Researchers found that when T-cells come in contact with an attacker, the first thing they do is look for vitamin D. If these immune cells don’t find any vitamin D, they don’t act.1 You need at least 2,000 to 3,000 IU a day.
• Quercetin and Vitamin C – These two nutrients work together to enhance white blood cell function and improve your immune system response. Try to get your vitamin C from food sources like chili peppers, parsley and strawberries, and quercetin from apples and onions, so they have all the minerals, enzymes, and co-factors that make them work so well in nature. You need at least 3,000 mg a day of vitamin C, and 500 mg a day of quercetin to get their full effect.
• Zinc – It directly increases the number of T-cells in your body. Also, along with vitamin C, zinc helps maintain your skin barrier to keep the bad guys out in the first place. Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, yogurt and shrimp are good sources of zinc. Try to get 30 mg a day.
• Vitamin B6 – This keeps your thymus, spleen and lymph nodes in top working order. That enables them to produce healthy red and white blood cells and keep your immune system in good shape. Bananas, turkey and salmon are good ways to get vitamin B6. Try to get 40 mg a day.
Step 2: Brump up your immune cells’ ability to fight off threats with these special herbs.
There are several natural plants and herbs – some you probably never heard of before – that can make your immune system stronger than ever.
Here are four of them:
• Astragalus – This ancient Chinese herb fuels immune cell growth and supports your natural production of immune cells. Also, it has astragalans, which stimulate the creation of new white blood cells, T-cells, killer cells and antibodies.
A Chinese study tested over 1,000 people and found that those taking Astragalus had fewer colds. And those who did get colds had a much quicker recovery time.2
• Scute – This is another Chinese herb with antibacterial and antiviral properties. Scute has been used for centuries to treat allergies, infections, inflammation, and even headaches.
• Andrographis – Several studies have shown this Indian herb may increase the body’s resistance to infection by stimulating production of antibodies. It helps during the cold and flu season, and may prevent certain infectious diseases.
• Isatis – Derived from the root of the isatis plant, this Chinese wonder-herb helps regulate your immune response. Isatis has been used for thousands of years to treat the common cold and breathing problems.
I know some of these herbs can be a little bit tricky to find. Fortunately I’ve found a solution. My colleagues at Health Resources have put together an all-natural way to promote a healthy immune system.
They added the herbs I just mentioned to their new formula, and also included the immune-boosting nutrients, too. Click here and check it out for yourself.
To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD
2 Change, H., “Pharmacology and applications of Chinese material medica,” World Science 1987