Are you a superhuman? I'm willing to bet that you are. That's because you've likely used at least one technique to promote your body's defense systems. Find out more in this lesson.
There's a TV show out that talks about superhumans. These are people with amazing abilities that seem beyond what nature intended for humans to ever attain. However, did you know you're probably a superhuman too? In that respect, you are almost certainly far more powerful than what nature intended you to be. How so? Well, exercise your superhuman concentration powers and find out.
You are a super human because you have been vaccinated. Nature never intended for you to receive vaccines, suspensions of weakened infectious organisms that are administered in order to prevent or treat disease. What this is saying is that your doctor has given you a shot in order to make you stronger than nature intended you to be. Had you not been vaccinated against a certain disease, you could potentially become very sick, or even die, if you ever come across the bug that causes that disease. But with a vaccine, you became a superhuman because the vaccine causes your immune system to develop defenses for the future for any potential encounter with this bug. So, when the moment does arrive, the bug does strike, you are ready to fight it off completely and stay alive.
Diet & Lifestyle
You are what you eat. Popeye became superhuman when he ate spinach, something we know is good for us. It's also good for the immune system, as are other dietary and lifestyle factors. We can become superhumans and promote our body's defenses, the immune system, by eating lots of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. By avoiding saturated fat, we improve our defenses as well. People who don't smoke are known to have better immune systems. Those of us who try and avoid or deal quickly with stress are also stronger on the inside. Stress is like kryptonite to our immune system. Think back to how many times you've gotten sick or gotten a cold sore around the time of a stressful event, like a big test, or a long red-eye flight, or the loss of a loved one. Lots of restful sleep is important for a good defense system as well, not only because it lowers stress, but also because it helps the body heal. Regular exercise is known to improve the immune system many fold by supercharging it with lots of energy, blood flow, and nutrition.
Beyond this, there aren't too many other distinct things we can do to boost our body's defense systems from an internal perspective. Meaning we could try and prevent diseases externally by following proper hygiene and sanitation protocols, but there are few other ways to truly boost our immune system from the inside. Consequently, products that claim to promote a healthy immune system should be taken with a grain of salt, because we actually have no idea how to 'boost' the immune system. We don't know which of the many components of the immune system should be boosted, when, by how much, and why. All the while without placing a patient at risk of yet another problem. Too much of a good thing can be bad. For instance, you need red blood cells to live, but if you blood dope, meaning you put in more red blood cells into your body than normal, then you increase the chances of stroke and death. Similarly, we're just not sure how much we truly want to boost the immune system and its components beyond a certain point, because doing so may be fraught with perils we're still unaware of.
Vaccines, suspensions of weakened infectious organisms that are administered to prevent or treat disease, are just one way we can promote the body's defenses. We can do much more, however. Proper diet and exercise can help boost the immune system. The avoidance of stress is another biggie, as stress is known to suppress the body's defenses. Finally, don't fall for the gimmicks of products claiming to boost your immune system. So long as you've got a healthy diet and lifestyle and are following your doctor's orders it's unlikely you need to take these supplements. At best, they're just a waste of your money, unless your doc tells you that you need them. At worst, they may do more harm than good in the long run.