How to Beat the Superbugs with 5 Natural Immunity Boosters
Emerald Catron | My Body
Two common bacterial infections could soon become antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to new research. Don’t panic. The best offense is a good defense. Add these simple, natural immunity boosters to your daily life could help your immune system get in fighting shape.
- Get Regular Sleep
While you’re sleeping, your body works on strengthening your immune system by creating cytokines — protective proteins your body needs when you experience an infection or inflammation. On top of that, antibodies and cells that fight infection decrease when you don’t get enough sleep. How much sleep is enough? The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Too much sleep can actually reduce the quality of the sleep that you’re getting. As always, moderation is the key.
- Reduce Alcohol Consumption
Drinking to excess can have an immediate, negative effect on your immune system. To put it simply, after just one night of binge drinking, your body has a markedly lower defense against infection and injury. Binge drinking is generally four drinks for women and five drinks for men in a four-hour period. Plus, drinking makes you overeat, which leads to a reduction in your overall wellness.
- Cleanse Your Gut With Oregano Oil
Oregano is not just for pizza and pasta. The oil extracted from this everyday herb has powerful anti-fungal, antiviral and antibiotic properties. It’s so strong, in fact, that only a few drops are needed for it to take effect. A few important things to note about oregano oil, though: it’s not intended for long-term use (7 to 10 days tops), and pregnant or nursing women along with children and infants should not take oregano oil.
- Support Your Adrenals with Avocados
Your adrenal glands are key players in immune function. They regulate cytokine expression, immune cell activation, and bacterial proliferation. To keep your adrenal glands at their optimum, make healthy fats like those found in naturally detoxifying avocados a regular part of your diet.
- Get Graviola
Graviola is an immune booster (also known as soursop, cherimoya, custard apple or guanabana) that has been used to kill parasites. Parasites like toxoplasma gondii, which affects 10 to 20% of Americans, can wreak havoc on our immune systems.
The concept of everyday, drug-resistant superbugs in the future can be scary, but if you remember to wash your hands, eat your avocados, and sleep, you can rest easy because your immune system is ready to rise to the challenge.