I ended up in a clinic with horrifically inflamed eyes from overdosing on echinacea once.
Yeah, that happened.
So there’s a right way and a wrong way to go about supporting your immune system.
I was getting sick (again) and desperate to stop it because I was busy…browsing the aisle at my local health food store I was enamored by the promises of two different types of echinacea, so I got them both thinking I could go the “quick fix” route.
Shotgunning ten times the recommended dose of a powerful immune-revving herb is NOT the way to do it, ha ha.
And believe me, as someone who used to get sick all of the time, I’ve tried everything.
I don’t get sick anymore, haven’t been in years – there’s no “flu season” for me.
Before I get into my “must haves” for a well-regulated immune system, I want to share why I used to get sick all the time:
If you’re constantly stressed, your immune system thinks it’s under attack and becomes weakened from overuse over time.
You see, stress engages your immune system in a classic “Fight or Flight” response.
This places a HUGE oxidative load on your cells from the release of inflammatory cytokines; in fact it’s now estimated that 75%-90% percent of doctors visits are for stress related issues and stress is a factor in 5 out of the 6 leading causes of death.
Pretty sobering statistics.
Like Bechamp said, if you’re stressed, your “terrain” or tissue becomes ripe for the opportunistic infections that are around and in you all of the time.
That’s why when these media scares like bird or swine flu roll around, it’s usually only the very old, very young or immune-compromised folks that get picked off.
If you’re under a lot of stress and currently can’t change your lifestyle to reduce it, that’s ok!
Don’t stress out, we got this!
There are many ways to discharge your stress these days.
I like to separate them into two categories, Active & Passive.
Some of these you DO and some of these you just sit or lay around while “it” discharges your stress.
I like both, and both have their places.
The Active methods build up stress resilience over time and the Passive methods are fantastic when you’re busy and just need to “unplug”.
I’ll talk about a few of my favorite ones tomorrow.