The human body is an incredible piece of self reliant machine designed by the Almighty. If you just look at our immune system you will find what an amazing collection of mechanisms it is. It wonderfully responds to attacks from outside the body. It could be viruses, parasitic worms or bacteria; it has the intellect to distinguish them from the organism's normal cells and tissues. Obviously, the detection is complicated as pathogens adapt and evolve new ways to successfully infect the host organism.
Although most of the time our immune system is remarkably effective, the fact is that it has a series of dual natures. The most significant of which is self and non-self recognition. That is why it is not only important but absolutely fundamental that we keep our immune system healthy.
There are many ways to enhance an immune system. Eating a well balanced diet, following a good exercise program are some simple ways. In addition to all these, a variety of vital nutrients are essential for the proper maintenance and functioning of the immune system.
Vitamin C is vital for the treatment of colds which enhances the body's resistance to diseases. It also retards the multiplication of viruses and bacteria in the body. It is found in almost all citrus fruits and certain green vegetables. You can take this vitamin daily as it is one of the most important vitamins to take to build a good immune system.
Vitamin A can be consumed by eating more fruits and vegetables. The bright colored fruits and vegetables have lots of Vitamin A. It is meant to support the body's infection fighting mechanisms by stimulating the function of antibodies and white blood cells to fight infections.
Certain substances like 'bioflavonoids' enhance the absorption of vitamin C thus improving its effectiveness. Consume a combination of the vitamin C and bioflavonoids on a daily basis that can significantly improve the resistance to infection. Citrus Bioflavonoids (found in the white part of the peel of any citrus fruit) should be consumed for its strong antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties.
The Oregon grape root is an evergreen shrub with medicinal root and does great to the immune system. It is known for its anti-viral and anti-microbial properties. Another herb called 'Licorice' has roots with medicinal properties and has been used for thousands of years in both Eastern and Western medicine to treat a certain infectious like colds, flu and sinusitis.
A popular medicinal plant, 'Echinacea' has a 400 year old history of treating infections. It is great for people with sinusitis, cold, ear infections, and flu.
Copper is stored in tiny amounts in our bodies. The tracks of this mineral can be found in many foods. Those who have deficiency in hemoglobin can take this supplement. Known for its for anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-nausea, and antioxidant properties for more than 200 years, 'Ginger' is a miracle herb you should keep regularly. Ginger tea is great to take when suffering from cold or flu.