How can we improve our immune system? I am not a doctor or have any degree in the medical field. I read and research everything I can get my hands on that has to do with health and healing our own bodies. My question today is “can we improve our immune system ourselves?” I am sure we all have read or heard the following items that supposedly help improve our immune system.
I hope these tips keep some of us healthy in some way. I do recommend this book Medical Handbook by Dr. Alton.
Can We Improve Our Immune System
1. Don’t smoke, if you do smoke-quit
2. Eat a diet high in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Eat a diet low in saturated fats……
3. Maintain a healthy weight
4. Check your blood pressure and try to keep in range based on your age and other health factors
5. Exercise as regularly as possible
6. Get annual screenings appropriate for your age and risk factors
7. Sleep well….be rested to help improve your immune system
8. Avoid stressful situations in life-do not throw someone else’s “monkey” on your back like my husband always says
9. If you drink alcohol drink in moderation
10. Wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands
11. This is one that I follow: “Do what is right for you and you will always be happy”…………this is a statement that Jane Clayson Johnson gave at my youngest daughter’s college graduation, May 1st, 2004.
12. Be happy and mingle with happy people. We are responsible for our own happiness. Smile…..the world will smile back. I promise.
I will tell you what I use whenever I get around someone who is sick because I do not have health insurance. I am okay with this……I have taken almost 3 years to learn more about natural healing ways that in my mind are safer to put in and on my body. I had had insurance all of my life, as far as I can remember.
When I was growing up I do not remember ever going to the doctor more than maybe every 4 or 5 years. My parents are deceased so I cannot ask them if we had health insurance growing up. I doubt it. We used purple stuff with a swab for strep throat. Hot packs for earaches. The red-staining Merthiolate for cuts and infections. That’s how it was growing up.
I have learned this in the last three years…if you pay cash you save money at the doctor’s office. They do not have to bill anyone and they get their money when services are rendered. I have learned how to buy three months of prescriptions with cash/debit card for 10% of what they would have cost if I had had health insurance. Yes, you heard that right….I learned which pharmacies had the lowest prices on what prescriptions.
I did not have to go to my insurance company’s designated pharmacy. I have the freedom to choose where I want to buy…..the exact same prescriptions (all are generic). I must say, Walmart was not the cheapest place. Please scope out more pharmacies..you might be able to pay less money than your copay if you pay cash instead of using your insurance.
Do not be shy about asking the pharmaceutical companies to subsidize your expensive medicines. I have a daughter who has one prescription that is over $4,000.00 a month and she contacted the company to see if they could help with her co-pay which is higher than a car payment. They agreed.
You know what you feel is right for your family. I had to learn to step out of the box the last three years! I am self-sufficient and LOVE it! Life is good!