“I have an amazing immune system.”
A lot of people tell me they are healthy because they “never get sick”, or “haven’t been sick for years and years”.
Sounds great, right? Or, maybe not.
This actually doesn’t suggest to me that they are any healthier than the person who gets sick all the time. All it tells me is that their immune system isn’t responding when exposed to infectious agents.
What is normal and healthy for an immune system?
A normal and healthy immune system should show signs of fighting an infection (like a cold) a few times per year. This might mean feeling like you are getting sick, and then using your favorite remedy to boost your immune system to get over the cold the next day. Or it might mean getting quite sick, quickly, which only lasts a few days and then you are back to normal.
What about having a fever?
Being able to spike a fever is an important part of the immune system response. Too often do we try to suppress it when really, we should support it and let the process run its course, though we should be mindful to monitor fevers, especially in kids to ensure they don’t get too high. Most adults struggle to mount a fever due to suppression of their immune system through a variety of factors. Restoring that ability is a great sign of healing an immune system.
What does it take to improve an immune system?
Well, if you’ve read any of my other blog posts, I’ve already given you all of the basics.
- Get more deep, restful, sleep.
- Ensure you are well hydrated.
- Work on a clean and healthy diet – more whole foods, less junk food and refined sugars
- Reduce stress overall
- Support a healthy, happy gut.