Actually, considering the poor state of health most people are in these days, it can’t even come from healthy food and medicinal herbs alone any more. The epidemic of allergies, asthma, obesity, gastrointestinal infestations, infections, malabsorption and so much more are all directly related to poor immunity. It all comes down to the body’s own defense systems and how well or poor these function.
Isn’t it ironic that the time when we have no actual control of our health – our early childhood, it’s the very time when life long immunity is built or affected? The first seven years of our lives are crucial. And it actually doesn’t stop there.
So where does true immunity really come from?
Below are just a few aspects that I believe are most important and often overlooked when people think “immunity”. It’s not a miraculous pill, herb or drink. It’s practically just normal things that people have been doing for thousands of years, knowing instinctively that it was the right thing to do. Modern society seems to have forgotten. But it goes like this:
This is the first step to a healthy life and if possible, mothers should take this aspect as seriously as possible. Breast milk is nature’s perfect food for babies. Breastmilk contains all of the essential nutrients, antibodies and other factors important for growth and development. It cannot be replicated.
Breast milk also contains important non-nutritional components, such as antimicrobial factors, digestive enzymes, hormones and growth factors that are important for passive protection against infections and immune-mediated diseases and modulate immunological development.
After RAW breast milk, what’s best? Raw organic milk from grass fed cows has very high conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) levels, biodiverse beneficial bacteria, intact active enzymes, that are required for absorption of minerals and effective digestion. It provides a source of lactase producing beneficial bacteria, reducing or eliminating lactose intolerance and it increases immunity to infection; 100 kinds of beneficial bacteria are found in raw milk at very low levels. Yogurt has only four or five!
Dirt, Farms and Animals
Have you ever seen children eat dirt? I did. And although most parents panic when that happens, now there is scientific proof that confirms that such simple, natural, instinctual actions are actually normal. Funny how we always need “scientific proof ” for everything these days, don’t we?
Two major reference studies are the PARSIFAL (Prevention of Allergy — Risk Factors for Sensitization in Children Related to Farming and Anthroposophic Lifestyle) and GABRIELA studies (Multidisciplinary Study to Identify the Genetic and Environmental Causes of Asthma in the European Community [GABRIEL] Advanced Study). These studies revealed that children who grow up in environments that afford them a wide range of microbial exposures, such as traditional farms, are protected from childhood asthma and atopy.
Earthing goes hand in hand with the above: we just have to BE on the Earth! What can be more simple than that, in order to stay healthy? Humans have been doing it for millions of years! Walking, sleeping, being connected to the healing energy of the Earth all the time! But these days, we need “scientific proof” again that such natural behaviors are actually healing to our bodies and not just silly theories.
So, what is earthing? Multiple scientific studies involving biophysicists, electrophysiologists, medical doctors, and exercise physiologists have produced fascinating evidence demonstrating that direct connection to the Earth’s ground energy has a powerful and positive influence on the body. Plastic or rubber soles insulate people from the natural electrical surface charge of the Earth known in the electrical world simply as “ground.” All electrical systems in our homes, businesses, and industries, are stabilized and protected by the Earth’s “ground.”
New research has raised the possibility that this disconnect may actually contribute to chronic pain, fatigue, and poor sleep that plague so many people.
The remedy for the disconnect is simple. Walk barefoot outdoors whenever possible and/or sleep, work, or relax indoors in contact with conductive sheets or mats that transfer the energy to your body. People who do on a regular basis say they sleep better, feel better, and have more energy during the day.
Healthy Food and Lifestyle
It doesn’t all stop with being breastfed, eating healthy as a child and being exposed to the ground, dirt, farm animals and microbes… A healthy diet and lifestyle with no use of toxic substances should continue all throughout the life to ensure you don’t generate toxic buildup and inflammation in the body. Most diseases and a suppressed immune system are basically created by these factors.
And last but not the least “Drugs”
If your body isn’t allowed to experience “pain”, how will it ever learn how to cope with it and conquer it? If, as a child, all your “unpleasant symptoms” generated by illness are drastically reduced or eliminated by drugs, how will you ever be able to go through any kind of health concern, as little as a cold, without relying on drugs over and over again ?.. Alternative medicine has been proving for thousands of years that the body can heal itself when giving the right nutrients! These days, people are dying more because of taking too many pills than because they are not taking them. All we need is more education and less medication! A child that grows up with healthy food and natural remedies instead of being intoxicated by drugs, has a much higher immunity, resistance to disease and responds much better and quicker to natural, non-toxic treatments when these are applied. At the same time, over dosing on natural or conventional treatments is like providing your body a crutch every single time it’s out of balance and so it learns to demand this “crutch” over and over again, without being able to handle anything on its own and getting weaker.