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Building a Strong Immune System

“Immune system” is a term that sounds simple.  It is not.  The immune system fights infections, diseases, bacteria, viruses, illness, germs, and parasites.   Even more interesting, on occasion the immune system fights the healthy workings of the body by incorrectly identifying a healthy biological process as something that needs to be attacked.  This is called an “autoimmune disease.”

Furthermore, the immune system may overreact to forgiven substances that are not harmful, for example pollen and grass.  This results in what we know as allergies.  The immune system is responsible for many issues of chronic inflammation.  The list of the biological variances of the immune system goes on and on.
So how do we make our immune system stronger?

Walk into any health food store and you can find rows of shelves advertising immune system supporting, enhancing, improving, and/or boosting supplements.   While being malnourished or having an unbalanced diet may require some micronutrient supplementation, herbal immune support pills haven’t been proven to “boost” your immune system.  Although there is a lot of anecdotal evidence that they do help, the biological process has not been determined.

Fun case study – “….a 2013 review of 29 randomized trials with more than 11,000 participants. Researchers found that among extremely active people—such as marathon runners, skiers, and Army troops doing heavy exercise in subarctic conditions—taking at least 200 mg of vitamin C every day appeared to cut the risk of getting a cold in half. But for the general population, taking daily vitamin C did not reduce the risk of getting a cold.” Harvard Health

We are not poo-pooing vitamin C.  The problem is that the ones benefiting from the supplementation are already incredibly fit.  This article does go on to say that Vitamin C reduces the length of a cold and is great supplement for overall health, but if the average Jane is taking it avoid getting sick, it won’t help as much as you think.
Sorry folks, there’s no magic pill.  The best way to stay healthy is by living a healthy lifestyle…dang it!

Here’s a quick list of things that will actually “boost” your immune system.

  1. Reduce stress – Make sure that your body spends a lot of time in the parasympathetic nervous system.   Too much stress will keep us in the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight).  In a state of fight or flight our body releases cortisol (the stress hormone), diverts blood away from internal organs and into the muscles.   The parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) uses your body’s energy to take care of itself.

In a time when the stock market has crashed, jobs have been axed over night and the kids are home from school, this may be easier said than done.  Parasympathetic actives are mainly solo activities, you just need to make time for them. Go for a light jog or bike ride, meditate, do yoga, pet the dog or cat, journal, take some CBD and chillax!

  1. Stop smoking – This may be the most difficult but simplest way to immediately boost your immune system.  The anxiety that comes from cravings is often calmed by snaking on comfort foods.  Try taking a small dose of CBD to calm the cravings.  Also, make sure healthy snacks are handy!  More on CBD & appetite regulation in an upcoming email.
  1. Maintain a healthy weight – That’s a whole other email, but there is a lot of info out there.  Just find a diet or a discipline that you will follow.  Especially during a stressful time.  Have a hard time sticking to a plan?  Check out one of our favorite books, Atomic Habits, By James Clear.
  1. Exercise – Do not use the fact that all the gyms are closed as a reason to not to exercise.  Body weight work outs are amazing!
  1. If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation – I know moderation is vague so here’s this little tidbit – According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, “drinking is considered to be in the moderate or low-risk range for women at no more than three drinks in any one day and no more than seven drinks per week.  For men, it is no more than four drinks a day and no more than 14 drinks per week.” Drinking too much will affect a lot of biological systems, including sleep.
  1. Sleep – A lot of people suffer from sleep disorders.  Take sleep seriously!  Go to bed at the same time every night and try wake up around the same time.  Remember, the pineal gland produces melatonin when it gets dark (production peaks around midnight). Don’t fight it unless your work schedule gets in the way. Don’t take naps longer than 15 minutes in the afternoon.  You don’t want deep sleep during an afternoon nap, it will mess up your night’s sleep.  Take CBD (try our C3 with CBD, CBN, & CBG) before bed to suppress and anxiety and stressful thoughts.  Design your bedroom for sleep: very dark, temperature controlled, and the perfect amount of sound (your preference with ambient noises).
  1. Wash your hands – We all know how to wash our hands, but I always see people grab the bathroom door handle after we wash.  Use a paper towel to grab the door handle in order to exit the bathroom.

Hope this helps!

Stay Healthy, My Friends!



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