Ebola is in the news everywhere and on everyone’s minds. Fear and concern seem to be a common thread. Each day we tune into the news to see the status of the latest victim or the progression of the disease. We saw an article the other day entitled, “Are Rental Cars Safe from the Ebola Virus“. All this talk about a deadly virus can be frightening.
What we need to remember though is, ebola is a virus just like the flu virus. Sure, the effects of this particular virus can be devastating but it is still just a virus. What’s the point? Ebola isn’t something that God didn’t design the body to be able to defend against. The problem is that most people have weakened their defenses – or shall we say they have weakened their immune system.
Think about the word “immune”. Looking at the Oxford English dictionary (Ann’s favorite) we see that the definition of the word “immune” has two definitions:
- Protected against a particular disease or illness by particular substances in the blood.
- Protected from or unable to be influenced by something, esp. something bad.
Hmmm, it sounds like a strong immune system would help protect us from something bad – like the ebola virus! In other words, a strong immune system could give us “IMMUNITY.” Well, it only makes sense that God would have put a protection mechanism within his creation doesn’t it?
So, if the immune system is the key to natural protection from ebola then the best way to prevent ebola is to ensure that we aren’t participating in practices that could weaken the immune system.
11 Immune Weakening Practices:
- Refined sugar products – Most people know that cookies, cakes, sodas and ice cream are full of sugar but few realize the amount of sugar in cereals (even so-called healthy ones) and condiments like ketchup, barbeque sauce and salad dressings.
- Refined flour products – Pastas and breads convert to sugar in the body and have similar effects as sugar on the immune system.
- Alcohol – Again, converts to sugars in the body.
- Hydrogenated foods – Overloads the immune system and makes the whole body sluggish.
- Highly processed foods – Puts added stress on the body. Also, there is usually a high amount of sugar in these processed foods.
- Gluten for some may suppress the immune system even though they may not be gluten intolerant.
- Excessive electromagnetic field exposure – Cell phones and wifi’s add stress on the body.
- Showering, bathing or swimming in chlorinated water – washes away natural bacteria that naturally protects.
- Chronic stress – Stress produces an adrenaline rush in the fight or flight response. Chronic, prolonged stress suppresses our immunity making us vulnerable.
- Medications – Some prescription and non-prescription drugs are major toxins. Excessive use of antibiotics and cold and fever fighting medications weakens the immune system.
- Smoking – Cigarettes contain over 4,000 chemicals, all of which are extremely toxic to the body. The more toxic substances in the body the weaker the immune system.
All of the above have a negative impact on the immune system providing a weakened body for viruses like ebola to wreak havoc. Refraining from the practice of them allows the body to function at a higher level.
The next step is to ensure we are doing everything we can to reinforce our defenses.
9 Immune Building Practices:
- Raw vegetables – When it comes to building a strong immune system, consuming plenty of raw veggies takes center stage. 10 servings per day is an excellent amount. Loaded with antioxidants and phyto-nutrients, raw vegetables have natural immunity built within. Consuming 10 servings per day may be a daunting task for many but smoothies and juicing make it easy.
- Sunshine exposure – Vitamin D is an important ingredient in building a healthy immune system that can’t be gotten from food. It must come from the sun or through supplementation. Darker skinned people, like African Americans, require up to 10 times more sun to assimilate an adequate amount of vitamin D.
- Vitamin C – Studies have shown that supplementation with vitamin C improves vital components of the human immune system.
- Sleep – Without adequate sleep, the immune system doesn’t get a chance to rebuild, and it will become weak.
- Practice weight control – Obesity can lead to a weakened immune system. It can affect the ability of white blood cells to multiply, produce antibodies, and prevent inflammation.
- Exercise – The improved blood circulation promotes circulation of antibodies and white blood cells that are important. As little as 20 minutes of walking five days a week can help your immune system perform at its best.
- Drink water – Dehydration can affect your energy and your sleep as well as the ability to get toxins/waste material out of the body.
- Probiotics – colonization of friendly bacteria will have a profound effect on immune response. Consider supplementation or consuming raw sauerkraut. Caution – not all supplements are formulated to perform optimally.
- Other supplementation – supplements like iodine, selenium and Silver Biotics help to boost the immune response against viruses like the ebola virus.
Maintaining a strong immune system isn’t rocket science but it does take a little planning and discipline. The rewards though are improved health. While this article is being written about protection from the ebola virus the formula applies to preventing sickness and disease of all types. Imagine, not being worried about the flu this year. That’s right, with a strong immune system, you can drive right past all of those signs that say “Get Your Flu Shot” without giving them another thought.
Remember, you have only one true line of defense. You’d better make it the strongest one possible!