This blog will discuss some techniques I use to keep my immune system strong and help fight Cystic Fibrosis. These tips are hopefully
something you can add into your routine to help give you a stronger immune system whether you have C.F or not.
There are many natural ways to help boost your immune system and improve your body naturally. I look at these techniques as the foundation of the house. You need a strong immune system to help build your health. You need to get your nutrition and lifestyle right or all the medication in the world will not work. That means eating healthy, sleeping properly, exercising and not abusing your body. These tips are not going to cure Cystic Fibrosis or an unhealthy lifestyle but they can certainly help with the condition.
The great thing about natural treatments to is that they don’t have any negative effects like some drugs do. Many people with Cystic Fibrosis struggle with infections especially in the lungs. A strong immune system can help fight these infections and give you a better chance of keeping on top of them.
Here are some of my tips:
Cinnamon Water: Cinnamon has been shown to have fighting properties against pseudomonas which is something that grows in a lot of people with Cystic Fibrosis including myself. It is important to keep on top of pseudomonas and not let it grow. I drink around 3-5 litres of water per day and add ½ teaspoon of cinnamon per litre of water. I also add it into my coffee and on the fruit I eat. Cinnamon is great for regulating blood sugar levels but it has also been shown to fight pseudomonas and I also feel it helps give me a clearer throat. I prefer organic so the powder or cinnamon sticks is as strong as it can be.
Fish Oil and Omega 3s: I have found many health benefits from eating a lot of wild caught fish and also supplementing with fish oil and omega 3s. Fish oil has many great benefits such as improving lung function, the respiratory system and inflammatory parameters in CF. Omega 3s and fish can also prevent the amount of mucus you create, help with the brain, the kidneys, the eyes, and the heart. I aim to eat 5 pieces of fish a week which is wild caught and take 2000 milligrams of omega 3 fish oil a day. A scientific study has shown after 8 months of supplementation of omega 3 fish oil has increased lung function and decrease inflammation. It has also been shown to help with depression, recovery and Alzheimer’s.
Magnesium and Zinc: A lot of Cystic Fibrosis sufferers are zinc deficient. Magnesium and zinc are essential for your body. Magnesium is needed by every organ in your body including the lungs and zinc keeps your immune system strong and can help you grow. Magnesium is found in nuts, dark leafy vegetables, and seeds. Zinc can be found in red meat, and also berries contain both magnesium and zinc. Magnesium is great for energy and helps you absorb calcium. Magnesium is essential for good health and I look to take 1000mg per day as well as containing foods which are high in magnesium such as almonds.
Studies have shown magnesium to:
Help energy production
Help promote healthy bones
Aids the absorption of calcium
Regulates high blood pressure
Prevents cardio vascular disease
Help when your body is under stress
Studies have shown Zinc To:
Strengthen immune system
Attack infected cells
Prevent and treat pneumonia
Help with the body’s usual functions
Support male and female fertility
Improve sleep, cognitive levels and energy
Hopefully these facts show you the importance of zinc and magnesium as well as calcium which I have spoke about before in a previous blog. Three essential minerals that have great benefits. They are really good for people with Cystic Fibrosis as they improve the immune system which we need to be strong, help promote healthy bones and the absorption of calcium which is something else we struggle with. I recommend trying to get most of these from foods but supplementing with zinc and magnesium is only going to help.
This blog has spoke about tips that I use to help improve my health. Hopefully you can take these things on board and add them into your routine to get some added health benefits. These things I have discussed can help anyone and everyone however the benefits they have proven to show improve weaknesses that people with Cystic Fibrosis suffer. Adding these things into your diet is not going to cure C.F or help you if you are abusing your body but they will defiantly build up your immune system and help you fight Cystic Fibrosis. Building your health foundation’s to make your house stronger. If you add any of these into your diet please give me some feedback.