I don’t know about you, but I really hate being sick.
Obviously, nobody wants to have some disease or cancer or some major illness. But just getting the flu or even the “common” cold really sucks.
You feel like “junk”. You have no energy. Things hurt throughout your body. You can’t sleep well. You can’t do much of anything.
And if you have to work, deal with kids, and have other major responsibilities — it’s so much harder to get through the day AND it slows down the healing process.
So, today I’m going to give you some simple and proven solutions you can implement right now, to help boost your immune system, to help you avoid getting sick or ill.
Because the bottom line to almost any illness or sickness is a weakened immune system.
And I’m not going to get into the hardcore stuff like injectable or IV vitamins, blood cleansing, stem cells or other things that most can’t do or don’t want to do.
Stop The Drains & Leaks
The first thing to improving your health and immune system, is we FIRST need to reduce and stop any “leaks” you have in your life.
Just like growing a business, we have to periodically audit the business, see what leaks there are, unnecessary expenses, and so forth.
This has to be done BEFORE you add anything to your life.
#1 – Reduce Stress
Stress just drains your immune system more than anything. It kills your nervous system (CNS), kills your good hormones (testosterone, Growth Hormone, etc.) and increases negative stress hormones (cortisol, etc.)
If work sucks, if you have money problems, or if your “significant other” is a pain in the butt, or if your kids are a handful and so forth — some of that can’t be changed, at least not right away.
However, you CAN get rid of loser friends that drain you. You CAN stop consuming negative information (TV, Internet, news, etc.) which create negative feelings and thoughts and thus, bad hormones!
Instead, consume information that’s happy, funny, makes you laugh, and you walk away with GOOD FEELINGS. Trust me, whatever is happening in some other country, is NOT going to make any difference in your life RIGHT NOW.
You certainly wouldn’t want your kids to consume negative information – so why do you? Besides, most of it is MISinformation anyway. At the very least, reduce it.
The other thing is you need to replenish your system by sleeping better and/or more.
Maybe take a 15 min break during the day and close your eyes, meditate, or just take a power nap. You’ll feel better, and you’ll be a lot more productive.
#2 – Eat Natural Foods
No vitamin or “shot” is going to boost your immune system if you’re constantly “killing” it by eating crappy, processed foods.
So, I’ll make this very simple – limit, reduce and eliminate things that come in a box and are “man-made”, and eat more natural foods.
This also means liquids – stop with the junk and drink a LOT more purified water to help DETOX your system.
You know the basics, so just do it.
#3 – Exercise
I think exercise is so important because it gets the stress out of your system, it helps optimize so many positive, youthful hormones, and you know what – when you LOOK good, you FEEL good, and you’ll DO “good” … I know, proper English is “well”, but you get the point.
Now, most people either don’t exercise enough or at all. OR they exercise too much and that stresses their body even more.
My suggestion is very simple. 3x weekly, lift weights. No more than 45 minutes to a max of 60 minutes. On the other days, 3x weekly go for a fast walk, outside in the sunshine, for 20-40 minutes. One day of the week, take off or go get a massage.
This is my general guideline and if you follow it, you will look and feel better.
#4 – Take Supplements
I know, the minute I tell someone to take supplements, some people just freak out. They think I’ve got some hidden agenda and I’m trying to make money. Or they think they can get everything they need from a healthy diet.
Listen, you can’t. You never will.
The foods, the soil, and everything related is just depleted of so many nutrients. And unless you’re going to be eating at least 5000 or more calories from really healthy foods – you will need to take supplements.
STOP arguing this point with me.
My favorite, “immune-boosting” supplements, in no particular order, are:
- Vit D3 (2000-5000 units daily)
- Vitamin C (3000-10,000 mgs daily)
- Vit K (2000 mcg of K and 100 mcg of MK-7 daily)
- Magnesium (500-1500 mgs daily)
- Fish Oil (2000-5000 mgs daily)
- Probiotics (acidophilus) and Prebiotics (inulin)
- NAC or Glutathione (600-1200 mgs daily)
- Zinc + Copper (15-30 mgs + 1-2 mgs daily)
- Selenium – (200-400 mgs daily)
- CoQ10 – improving mitochondria (100-200 mgs daily)
BONUS: Glutamine powder if you exercise. The most abundant amino acid in the muscle gets depleted when you’re “stressed”. Also good for your gut. This made a huge difference for me. I would take 3-5 grams, 2-3x daily.
Now, I know there are other things … a mushroom extract, echinacea, elderberry, garlic, astragalus, and so forth. But, those might be best utilized WHEN you get sick, but not year-round.
While the supplements I’ve listed can and should be utilized year-round and they have lots of other health benefits on top of it. In fact, I suggest people take these 10 supplements ALL the time.
So, there you have it.
Staying healthy is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and your family and it starts with a strong immune system.