Sunday, January 3, 2010
Natural Remedies for a Low Immune System
What do you do when you have a common cold, a sore throat or flu and cannot afford to miss work. Nine out of ten people will probably take an antibiotic or a pain killer and depend on the drug to take its affect by the time they reach office. This attitude of choosing the quick and easy route and falling back on the antibiotic alternative every time the cold and flu comes their way has been instrumental in making antibiotics ineffective in many cases. The use of antibiotics without paying heed to their long term effects leads to a situation where bacteria use the drug for their own metabolism. The antibiotic, instead of killing, starts helping in the growth of the bacterium, because it has developed resistance to it.
Fighting disease is the job of the immune system, a complex system of reciprocal action, which activates the moment it recognizes a foreign substance in the body. The state of your immune system’s health determines how frequently you fall ill with chronic infections, cold and flu and cold sores or genital herpes. An extremely weak immune system can be counterproductive and can start attacking the body’s own cells and cause serious conditions known as autoimmune diseases.
From a minor scratch to attacks by viruses and bacteria, the immune system is the key to fighting disease. True health is achieved only when your immune system is strong enough to combat disease on its own and herbal antibiotics and herbs for immune system play an important role in attaining it.
If you see signs of a weak immune system characterized by frequent bouts of the common cold and flu, mix ½ tablespoon each of tinctures of roots of Echinacea, pau d’arco bark, Ginseng (Siberian), licorice, astragalus and bupleurum. Take three tablespoons every day for five days and double the dose in the event of an infection. Astragalus and Echinacea fight cancer cells, improve lymphatic functions and contribute to the progress of immune system health.
Garlic and ginger roots have proven qualities of treating ailments like common cold and sore throat. Make a tea by adding a little bit of ginger juice to soothe your throat. Garlic contains a rare mineral called germanite that boosts immune system.
Vitamin C is essential for production of adrenal hormones and lymphocytes and directly combats bacteria and viruses. A dash of lemon juice in water mixed with a tablespoon of pure farm-produced honey taken daily can effectively keep common colds at bay. Taken in conjunction with flavonoids, Vitamin C is easily absorbed in the body. Flavonoids are plant secondary metabolites known for their high antioxidant properties. Choose to eat whole fruits, grains and vegetables and see the difference they make to your health.
Stress, poor diet, lack of sleep, food preservatives and environmental toxins are major factors that wear down the immune system. Rather than ingesting foods that can potentially weaken your immune system, the long term aim of your diet and daily routine ought to aim for a healthy immune system.
by Tess Thompson