VENTURA, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 7, 2021 / Our bodies do a fantastic job of protecting us and are naturally good at healing themselves, says Dr. Theresa Dale. The natural medicine provider and researcher is one of many experts who say we should be building up our immune systems and not waiting to address illness when we catch something. However, the process of boosting the immune system is not as simple as it might sound. Because the immune system is a whole system and unique to each individual, there is no one-size-fits-all silver bullet.
How Does the Immune System Work?
The immune system in the human body is a combination of special cells, organs, and naturally created chemicals that know how to fight off invaders and infection. This includes your:
- White blood cells
- The lymphatics system
- Bone marrow
“In most cases, if you spend time building up healthy habits, the body will be able to respond to the threats it faces,” she says. “When we get out of our own way, the body is able to do what it does best. Our systems are extremely complex, so approaching health with a backward, reactive care focus is really hard to get right. We sometimes do more damage than good. When we start with a preventative approach to health, we empower the body to fight off things we can’t even see coming.”
The system does a number of jobs to ensure the body has the proper response to each invader it encounters. Lymph nodes, for example, will manage fluid levels in the body and trap microbes from spreading to other parts of the body. Antibodies recognize the threats in the body and mark these microbes for destruction by other cells and proteins capable of fighting.
Our immune system keeps track of any microbe it has had to fight off, making it able to fight it off easier the next time with a faster production of antibodies.
This immunity doesn’t always seem to work because of the number of strains. For example, if you fight off one kind of cold or flu, you aren’t protected against the many other strains out there. So, even though you have a much stronger response prepared for that one cold or flu, you could easily come down with a slightly different strain your body hasn’t run into yet.
Beware “Too Good to Be True” Products
Dr. Theresa Dale says there are many products out there seeking to take advantage of people who want to stay healthy. These products prey on the people who are afraid of catching a virus, can’t afford to miss work, or want to keep their children healthy. Products that claim to boost or support immunity haven’t always proven effective in testing.
Dr. Theresa Dale has spent her life’s work on finding the best natural supplements and health products. She realizes how much misinformation there is out there about what helps us stay healthy and strong. Her work as a practitioner and researcher helps her find the right natural products to support the body as a whole system. “Why wait until a problem shows up to address your health?” she asks.
Why Use Natural Methods for Immune System Support?
There is actually a danger to overloading the body if you try to unnaturally boost the immune system. “Blood doping” is an example of something athletes have done to boost their immune systems, resulting in dangerous outcomes. In blood doping, excess blood is added to the system to increase the number of blood cells for enhanced performance. The practice is banned in sports because it can cause strokes, blood clots, heart attacks, and other complications.
Dr. Dale says real health requires a committed approach. Remaining consistent with self-care and a healthy lifestyle is the only way to build up natural immunity to the large number of threats we face on a daily basis.
Natural Ways to Strengthen the Immune System
So, are there ways to strengthen the immune system? Dr. Theresa Dale says there are. While we can’t directly boost the immune system, we can help it work more efficiently and reduce distractions.
The less spread out the immune system is, the better it can focus on issues that arise. Many of the natural ways to boost the immune system actually include avoiding things that provoke a response. Here are examples of things that should be done to help keep the immune system strong:
- Don’t smoke
- Exercise 3-5x a week
- Eat a nutrient-rich diet
- Avoid alcohol
- Get 6-9 hours of sleep every night
- Reduce stress (try deep breathing or music therapy)
- Take high-quality supplements
- Wash your hands
- Spend at least 15 minutes a day outside
- Consider an organic herbal cleanse to support and boost all filtering organs
- Regularly detoxify the biofilm commonly secreted from pathogens
- Consider FDA-registered homeopathic medicine to boost immune system health
Dr. Dale says a lot of patients know what keeps them healthy. The struggle is that people often want a quick silver bullet solution, but that’s just not how the body works.
Dr. Theresa Dale
Dr. Dale’s Wellness Center
SOURCE: Dr. Theresa Dale