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Supercharge Your by Kathleen Barnes L


ike many other health conditions, challenges to our immune systems are on the rise. Te U.S. Centers for


Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 26.5 million adults and kids have asthma, 50 million have allergies and up to 20 percent get the flu each year. Catching a cold is common, with U.S. adults generally coping with two or three a year and children about twice as many. As many as 50 million Americans suffer


from autoimmune diseases like rheuma- toid arthritis, celiac and lupus, costing $100 billion a year to treat, which is nearly twice the amount spent on cancer care, accord- ing to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. Initial statistics re- leased 20 years ago estimated that 9 million


Americans had autoimmune diseases; a five-fold increase since then illustrates the magnitude of the problem. People that are free of some degree of


immune system dysfunction are relatively uncommon.


Identified Culprits “We are absolutely seeing a rise in immune disorders,” says Michael T. Murray, a doctor of naturopathy in Lyons, Colorado, and author of Chronic Candidiasis: Your Nat- ural Guide to Healing with Diet, Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs, Exercise and Other Natural Methods. “Many factors are responsible for the increase.” He cites the most notable as the widespread use of antibiotics and pes- ticides; dietary factors, including too much


Immune System Natural Ways to Stay Healthy


sugar; decreased intake of essential vitamins and minerals; overconsumption of calories in general; lifestyle factors like not getting enough sleep or exercise; excessive alcohol; stress; and exposure to cigarette smoke. “Te microbiome—the bacterial


structure that supports a strong immune system—is largely inherited from the moth- er during a vaginal birth,” says Sayer Ji, of Miami, Florida, founder of GreenMedInfo. com, sponsor of the 2017 Immune Defense Summit and a member of the National Health Federation’s board of governors. “Te rising number of Caesarean sections, at nearly one-third of all U.S. births, up from 18 percent in 1997, deprives infants of those naturally occurring bacteria, and can result in immune deficiencies at an early age.” Low-level chronic stress of the kind


that occurs in everyday modern life is a leading underlying factor in immune system compromise, says natural health and healing expert Dr. Deepak Chopra, of Carlsbad, California, author of Te Healing Self: A Revolutionary New Plan to Super- charge Your Immunity and Stay Well for Life. Along with emotional stress, he points to any kind of inner or outer challenge that pulls us off center.


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