How Do You Boost Your Immunity?

Author: Ann Stewart

Some people, it seems, are endowed with a healthy immune system. They never seem to get sick and, if they do get the odd cold, they continue their daily routine and snap out of it in no time flat. Then you see others who barely have to hear the word ‘flu or see someone blowing their nose and bam, they’ve got it!

Is it all in the head? Are you born with a strong immune system to fight off disease? Can you do something about it, if you’re not? Anyway, what does it mean to have immunity? Well, a very simple explanation is that there are basically two types: active and passive immunity.

The definition of “immune” is that your body is so strong and resistant to any disease that you will not succumb to it.

Active immunity is considered to be long-lasting and tends to be life-long. If you’re in this category then, whenever you’re exposed to a disease organism, your immune system will instantly start to produce antibodies to that disease. Furthermore, if you should come into contact with that disease in the future, your immune system will identify it and immediately fight it off with the stored antibodies.

Passive immunity is not inherent in your system. It is when you cannot produce enough antibodies to fight off disease, and get an external boost by injection, medication or nutritional supplements.

Healthy people with an active, innate immunity are usually referred to as being resistant to disease in general. The term immunity is usually applied to general protection against a specific organism. Even if you are generally healthy, you may from time to time need a boost in order to help fight off a virulent strain of a specific infection or virus. The more severe the disease producing organism, the more the passive immunity is applied.

The medical profession recommends boosting your inherent immunity with specific antibodies to fight off a potentially dangerous infection or virus.

A good digestion and healthy appetite are indicators of a strong immunity. “Getting better quickly is a better indicator of immune health,” says Dr Dennis Alexander, head of molecular immunology at the Babraham institute in Cambridge.

Immune globulin can be administered to provide immediate protection from specific health threats to those who have a severely impaired or suppressed immune system. For instance, some who may normally have fairly good resistance to disease suddenly realize that their system cannot handle the sudden onslaught of germs in the hospital.

Likewise, the body under stress, i.e. disease or sudden accident, is often not capable to fight off multiple vaccines in one shot.

Judging by the large numbers of people coping with disease, the human system is inherently fragile and cannot handle multiple onslaughts, like the ones discussed above.

Many believe that if you are generally healthy and look after your health, you will only have a mild version of what’s going around. “In truth, there’s no such thing as a normal immune system,” says Angus Dalgleish, professor of oncology at St George’s Hospital, London, who researches cancer vaccines. He says the system is naturally very variable.

The rise of allergies, auto-immune diseases (where the body attacks itself) and inflammatory bowel disease are all indicators of immune resistance performing under par.

Both types of acquired immunity respond to peptide sequences called antigens. Antigens help the acquired immune system recognize invading bacteria, viruses and other harmful organisms (pathogens).

Leftovers, non-organic foods, and foods laced with preservatives can severely tax the digestive system. This can, in turn, clog your circulation, and create a sluggish, compromised immune system.

Going to be late, working at night, irregular eating habits, sleeping during the day, and exposing the body to stress and fatigue can all affect the digestion and body rhythms and thus compromise your resistance.

Therefore, be good to yourself. Eating nutritiously and keeping an active, happy lifestyle will go a long way to boosting your immune system. Don’t worry; be happy because “a merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” (Prov. 17: 22)

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Ann Stewart, author, inspirational writer and wellness coach, shares tips on how to fight off disease and feel your best in her weekly newsletter, Youth Makeover: Youth Makeover Who is she? Find out at: As the Eagle. You’re welcome to subscribe to her free weekly inspirational newsletter: Life Altering Words

8 thoughts on “How Do You Get Lupus Disease

  1. &&&&

    Can you die from Lupus disease?
    apparently, someone close to me, who is 14, has been diagnosed with Lupus disease. We’re going to go to a few other doctors to get some more opinions. Not for sure yet.

    But on average how long does this disease let you live? 5? 10? 15? 20 years?

  2. I Am Dookiebutt...You Smell Me?

    What exactly is the disease Lupus?
    How do you get it? Is it genetic? Is it a terminal disease? What are the symptoms? I don’t have it, but I hear about it quite a lot and I’m wondering just what it is exactly. TIA! Have a good one 🙂

    1. Cognitive Dissonance

      Lupus is the technical name for infection from the werewolf virus.

      It is usually contracted by shared bodily fluids, usually through bites, with canis lupus, a dog that’s usually wild although they have been known to pose as house pets.

      Common symptoms include a rash from itching with a hind leg, monthly bloodlust culminating at the full moon and skeletal/muscular pains as the body transforms to the disease’s true canine form.

      This disease cannot be cured but can be treated with drugs to slow the transformation, tranquillisers and monthly lockdown.

    1. mgnysgtcappo

      Lupus is an auto immune disease with unknown origins. Many people believe that it is a combination of genetic and environmental factors but what actually triggers it is unknown.

      Life expectancy is in direct corelation with the severity of the case. If a person has severe organ involved SLE then their life expectancy can be very much shortened. It used to be that with diagnosis came a ten year life expectancy. This was because many years ago Lupus was only able to be diagnosed in the later stages of the disease and only in severe cases therefore people incorrectly assumed that all people with Lupus would die within ten years of diagnosis. Now, with better testing and medicines most people with Lupus will live to a fairly normal life span.

  3. Lis

    I feel like such a failure, just lost my first ever job at three weeks? Am I a huge failure to you?
    I am 20 and just had my first job. It was little difficult, fast-paced but I thought I was getting through it okay. It has been three weeks in, and the bosses called me in today and said they are so sorry, I have a heart of gold and am loyal, which is rare to find, but they have to let me go.

    They said I am quite timid (I hate that word, it makes me feel even more of a failure) and said that they don’t think I am quite suited to their fast paced environment because it seems I’ll keep being a liability to their staff. I feel so shattered and embarrassed.

    I am a nice person, but I can’t seem to do anything right. Now I am faced with telling my parents tonight and I am so afraid, especially how its so hard to find a job right now in this current situation. It seems being a nice person isn’t a good thing anymore. The bosses also said I am really compassionate and caring, so they could see me in a counseling or childcare career, but not suitable for fast paced.

    I was also recently diagnosed with Lupus Disease and got my first flare there at work because of the steam, so had to have a week off and take antiinflammory drugs because my face was real swollen. I feel like such a failiure, and that being quiet (or “timid”, etc) is such a bad thing. How can I change myself and not be so much of a failure? I feel so ill and upset right now.

    1. Holly

      Sounds like you just chose the wrong type of job. I have a feeling that if you take your former employer’s advice, you could excel and find success and happiness. Take care of your physical health first, then seek counseling. Your self-esteem and confidence needs a major boost! Take pride, not shame, in being “nice,” and discover how you can make a career out of what comes naturally to you. Best of luck!!

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