To successfully build an effective immune system, we must consider both its sides: offensive and defensive. The offensive component consists of supporting an immune system that is already working effectively by rejuvenating its organs and related systems, reducing our multidimensional stress levels wherever possible, eating an optimal diet, drinking sufficient amounts of pure water, and cleansing the tissues of the body on a seasonal basis.
The defensive component consists of rebuilding weakened organs, reducing stress, building up the level of antioxidants in our tissues, avoiding food and water with chemicals and pesticides, and helping our bodies fight the agents of dis-ease.
HEALTH TIP #2: Build the Health of Your Immune System
Overdoing it seems to be the downfall of the adrenal glands. Evaluate your multidimensional stress levels and your lifestyle to determine whether or not all the things you currently do are absolutely necessary. If the fight-or-flight mechanism is a regular visitor in your home, you may want to create a healthier lifestyle for yourself, your family, and your adrenals. If your immune system is always on the defensive, it is important not to overstimulate your adrenals. Initially, this can be accomplished by drinking licorice root tea (unless you have high blood pressure), and avoiding the things that overstimulate the adrenals, such as caffeine and sugar.
Support and cleanse your lymphatic system using the Lymphatic Formula in Appendix A, as well as implementing nutritional support for the thymus and spleen. These remedies can be self-tested, or tested by a chiropractor trained in the art of muscle testing.
Techniques for lymphatic massage and skin brushing are outlined in chapter 8. To improve immune system function, rub the neurolymphatic reflexes for the thymus, spleen, and adrenal glands, located in the accompanying illustration.
Avoid the following substances, which drag down immune function: alcohol, stimulants of all kind, caffeine, the chemicals and additives in foods and drinks, carbonated soft drinks, refined carbohydrates, dairy products, and the over consumption of wheat, trans fatty acids, hydrogenated fats, vegetable oils, over-the-counter and recreational drugs.
For diet and cleansing, consume six vegetables, two fruits, one starch and one protein on a daily basis to provide the body with all the necessary buildings blocks for health. The natural antioxidants contained in whole foods such as broccoli, cauliflower, Swiss chard and kale reduce the effects of free radical oxygenation in the immune system, and throughout the body. Super foods, including spirulina, blue-green algae, green drinks and certain mushroom formulas, greatly improve immune system function as well.
Beneficial plant fats contained in organic fruits and vegetables provide the immune system with the basic building blocks it needs for normal hormone production. Sources for these beneficial fats include flaxseed oil and meal, raw sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds and almond butter.
Fruit sources of EFAs include figs, oranges, apricots, apples; vegetable sources include peas, squash, olives, potatoes, and unadulterated soybeans (not genetically modified). Other food sources include rice bran syrup, buckwheat, wheat germ oil.
Animal sources of essential fatty acids are found in fish, seafood, scallops, oysters, crab, shrimp, and lobster. It is important to note that fish sources may contain mercury and other toxic elements that have been dumped into our oceans.
Try also the cleansing guidelines provided in chapter 7. If your immune system is severely compromised, only mild cleansing is recommended Immune system supplementation includes a whole-food multiple vitamin and mineral supplement, sufficient amounts of real vitamin-C complex, vitamins A, D, E, and K (contained in oil-soluble chlorophyll complex), low potency and full spectrum vitamin B complex, thymus extracts, echinacea to enhance spleen function, mercury-free fish oils, and essential fatty acid supplementation in the form of flaxseed oil.
Drink sufficient amounts of pure water (half your body weight in ounces every day). If digestive problems exist, take a full-spectrum digestive enzyme. Sources and guidelines for all whole-food nutritional supplements are listed in appendix A.
Moderate amounts of exercise facilitate increased flow of lymph fluid throughout the body. Exercise options include yoga asanas or poses, the Slant Board Exercise, the mini trampoline, Yoga Swing Exercises in appendix B, and the breathing techniques presented in chapter 10.
Practice techniques for stress reduction, including meditation (see chapter 11).
Use techniques for emotional clearing (see chapter 12).