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Don’t Let Your Immunity Fall Short – Here’s How To Keep It Strong

Maintaining a strong immune system is crucial to keeping your body healthy and functioning properly. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the importance of immunity until it’s too late. Don’t let that happen to you – here are some tips on how to keep your immune system strong.

We know that when our immune system is strong, we’re less likely to get sick. But what happens when we do get sick?

Our body has a natural defense system called the immune system. When it is functioning properly, it can attack and destroy invaders like bacteria and viruses. Many times these microbes are stealthy and tricky. They work together to invade healthy cells. So, you need to have a strong immune deficiency, or else you will get sick. 

If your body is exposed to bacteria or a virus, the immune system tries to fight it off. The immune system does this by creating antibodies. These antibodies recognize and attach themselves to the bacteria or virus, like a tack. This lets the white blood cells surround and kill them.

To have a strong immune defense, we need to have a strong foundation in place. In today’s world, most of us do not have a strong foundation in place. This is due to a myriad of reasons. 

The majority of us in America are rundown on a lot of levels. Now is the time to take responsibility for your health if you are in or beyond your fourth decade of life. If you don’t understand the deficits I talk about in this post, they will only get worse and create problems that will be hard to solve in the future. You also need to have a level of commitment toward your health from this day forward. 

Roots of immune system struggle 

  • Nutritionally. 

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. The recommended intake is five to 10 servings each day, but most of us only manage to eat a fraction of that amount. There are several reasons why we should all strive to eat more fruits and vegetables.


For one thing, they provide essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to function properly. Fruits and vegetables are also a good source of fiber, which can help to prevent constipation and other digestive problems. Moreover, eating more fruits and vegetables can boost your immune system. Studies have shown that people who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables are less likely to get sick than those who don’t. 

  • We are struggling cellularly. 

We are low on essential vitamins and minerals, and our cells are struggling as a result. We have high toxin loads in our bodies, which leads to high inflammation. This makes it difficult for our cells to function properly and causes many of the health problems we experience. The good news is that there are many ways to get the nutrients we need and reduce the toxins in our bodies. By making smart choices and being proactive about our health, we can support our cells and live healthy lives.

  • We’re struggling on the immune front. 

In other words, we are having some trouble getting better. Some of us may have low white blood cell counts. We’re living with bacteria, fungus, and yeast in our systems daily basis. And we have lowered immunity as a result of pharmaceutical medication use.

  • Energetically, we are not living at our highest vibration. 

It’s no secret that we are living in a time of immense stress. juggling work, family, and social obligations can be draining, and it’s all too easy to let our self-care fall by the wayside. However, it’s important to remember that our physical and mental health are intimately connected. When we aren’t taking care of ourselves, it takes a toll on our bodies as well as our minds. 

One of the roots of immune system struggle is feeling constantly run-down and exhausted. If we want to be healthy and happy, it’s essential to make time for rest. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life can help us recharge and reconnect with what matters. When we live our lives with intention and purpose, we are more likely to feel fulfilled and motivated. By making self-care a priority, we can help raise our vibration and create a more positive reality for ourselves and those around us.

  • We’re hormonally deficient. 

We all know that feeling of being run down and exhausted, even though we got a full night’s sleep. Or the never-ending cycle of cravings and weight gain, no matter how healthy we eat. According to many experts, these are just a few of the ways our hormones can get out of balance. And when our hormones are unbalanced, they can wreak havoc on our bodies in all sorts of ways.

For example, adrenal overdrive can lead to anxiety and insomnia, while thyroid malfunctions can cause fatigue and weight gain. Insulin resistance can make us crave sugar and carbohydrates, and melatonin deficiencies can disrupt our sleep patterns. This is also one of the roots of immune system struggles.

With today’s focus on immunity, prevention is the best medicine.

Jenny’s worries 

Jenny came to us with chronic urinary tract infections. She had just gotten out of the hospital after an intense bout with unbearably painful kidney infections. If she stopped taking her antibiotics, right around two weeks, her symptoms would come back and she would have to start all over again. She is aware of this. 

She had been to three different urinary specialists. The last one wanted her to go on high-dose daily antibiotics for three months. And that’s when she called us and said: “ Dr. Purcell, can you help me? My friend gave me your information.” She was desperate to break the cycle. She had three kids that needed her. She couldn’t continue to be taken out by these chronic urinary and kidney infections. 

From then on, she and I worked closely together for three months. We were able to break the infection cycle and get her feeling better using natural medicine and no more antibiotics. Jenny was thrilled and better yet, she felt confident that she had learned some good tools and knew how to take better care of herself should any symptoms return.

Five things you can start right away at the first sign of a scratch or a sniffle

  1. Start eating fresh, real food. Drop the junk, ditch the processed, and go back to the garden. Get five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. 
  2. Clear your calendar. Hop into bed as soon as you can. Getting a good night’s sleep supercharges your immune system, and you need those eight to 10 hours of shuteye.
  3. See where you have been losing energy to more trivial situations. Let those go and release the stress. 
  4. Hydrate well. Two liters of water a day minimum. I love fresh-pressed juices and coconut water. Before you hop into bed, hydrate yourself. Viruses bind to mucous membranes. When sinus passages membranes are dry and cracked, the virus binds easier. Staying well hydrated and drinking water is very important as it prevents viruses from binding. This is the science behind saline nasal sprays. 
  5. You want to boost your immune function with specific supplementation.

More about supplementation

We’re going to start with vitamin D. This regulates the immune system and decreases the incidence of respiratory infection. It allows the immune system to attack microorganisms. 

Next, N-acetyl cysteine is a potent antioxidant that breaks up mucus and is a natural expectorant used to treat bronchitis. On average, we need about 600 milligrams twice a day.

Garlic is shown to reduce the duration of an infection. Raw garlic is best. I recommend the garlicky guacamole, where you just crushed the fresh garlic into an avocado lime juice, and salt, and eat it up. 

Zinc maintains healthy immune function. Patients who took it developed fewer colds at a dose of 15 milligrams twice a day. 30 milligrams a day should be taken with food because it can cause nausea and digestive upset. However, it does raise the white blood cell count, which is what we want. 

And the piece de resistance, my all-time favorite nutrient, vitamin C is shown to reduce the duration and severity of viral infections. It shortens cold durations and overall colds will get less severe. We need to have about 2000 milligrams twice a day. 

As humans, we’re the only mammal that does not produce vitamin C. This means we need to get it from our diet. The recommended daily allowance for vitamin C is 65 milligrams. That’s not a lot, but it’s enough to keep us from getting a vitamin C deficiency called scurvy.

If you’re going to use vitamin C for body repair and immune-boosting, you need much higher amounts anywhere from 1000 to 10,000 milligrams a day depending on bowel tolerance. Now, if you take too much will get diarrhea.

Life is stressful and our vitamin C demands increased significantly. Under stress, our white blood cells and our adrenals required vitamin C to function properly. Vitamin C naturally occurs in citrus fruits and berries. 

What happens when we follow this advice?

If we take these supplements, we’re going to decrease the incidence and shorten the duration of colds and cases of flu. We’re going to decrease the intensity of your symptoms so that you can still function. You’re not knocked out in bed. 

While your body is a powerful disease-fighting machine, it’s not invincible. By understanding the main causes of immunity breakdown and taking preventative measures, you can help keep your immune system functioning at its best. There is more for you than just medications and this endless cycle. It is not common knowledge, but medications often fail people and they have unwanted side effects. 

I believe that you can take back control over your health. All you need is an education and a mentor to show you how to do it. If you want to learn more about how we can help you stay healthy all year long, please don’t hesitate to schedule a free discovery call with our team today. We look forward to helping you reach your health goals!

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional 

Dr. Andrea Purcell

A trusted and well-respected Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Purcell has been in private practice for over twenty years. Dr. Purcell is a published author and has a women’s specialty practice for hormone balancing, weight loss, mystery illness, and gastro-intestinal concerns. Dr. Purcell assists her patients by identifying the underlying cause of disease and removing obstacles that impede the body's natural ability to heal. Drugs and surgery are used as a last resort. She believes that increasing health on the inside shines through to the outside.