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Strengthening your immune system

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Your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms. But sometimes it weakens… A germ invades successfully and makes you sick. …. How do we intervene in this process and boost our immune system

Does diet, vitamins, herbal preparations, emotional state, or other lifestyle changes help to produce a near-perfect immune response?

What can we do to boost our immune system?

The idea of boosting your immunity is exciting, and to a lot of extent, if we determine to do so…. We are capable to achieve it to some extent.

The immune system is precisely — a system and not a single entity. To function well, it requires a combined effect of balance and harmony.

If we attempt in making some changes at Physical, Emotional, Intellectual and spiritual level, we can surely gain an upper hand in strengthening our Immune System.

General healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system a boost.

At the Physical Level, your first line of defence is to choose a healthy lifestyle.

Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:

• Quitting to smoke.

• Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.

• Exercising regularly.

• Maintaining a healthy weight.

• Drinking Alcohol only in moderation…if at all.

• Getting adequate sleep.

• Taking steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.

• Trying to minimize stress.

At the emotional level, there is a deep relationship between stress and immune function

A wide variety of diseases, including stomach upset, other systemic disorders, and even heart disease, are linked to the effects of emotional stress.

Stress is difficult to define. What may appear to be a stressful situation for one person is not for another.

Many a times, while trying to understanding the relationship of stress and immune function, one tends to ignore the sudden, short-lived stressor; rather we try to study more constant and frequent stressors known as chronic stress, such as that caused by relationships with family, friends, and colleagues, or sustained challenges to perform well at one's work.

A mindful attitude if adopted may help in handling the stress better and thus enhance immunity. Developing a Mindful attitude needs a combination of emotional, intellectual and spiritual strengthening.

Handle emotions well. Don’t succumb to them!

Think intellectually, …. Let your Intellect govern your Emotions and not vice- versa.

Here the spiritual knowledge plays an important role. Knowledge that we are all in the world for a specific purpose which can be best achieved only in a healthy condition of mind and body. Unhealthy and negative environment will sooner or later vanish if we all determine to give it no energy by giving it no importance.

Become a bucket-full of positive attributes and let people around you derive strength from you.

With your intellect ,enrich your life as well as others’.

You may /may not be handsome, beautiful or rich BUT let your values , culture and ethics make you as radiant as the Sun.

Some points that can be adopted :-

• Always have expectations of favourable results regarding your situation, however difficult it may be now.

• Take charge of your healing and take control of decisions that vitally affect your life.

• Always remember, the truth may hurt for a little while, but a lie hurts forever. Hence be vocal, transparent and see your relationships bloom.

• Develop a sense of humour and learn to laugh.

• Develop compassion toward others.

• Never let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.

• Be patient in your expectations and do not expect to be healed overnight.

• Change your attitude about yourself and develop a stronger self-image.

• Realize that there is no one thing that can cure you and it seeks a combination of life-reinforcing factors and modalities.

• Have no fear of death—or life.

• Educate yourself in prevention and treatment.

• Be a fighter. Never let yourself down by getting affected by situations, because situations are always temporary.

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