Are you supporting your immune system?

By Eileen Renders

Realizing that we all want to protect our immune system, perhaps we might want to consider how we can become more knowledgeable, and proactive in accomplishing the task. What we need to know about our immune system, and how we can better protect it is surely a good beginning. Understanding what we can do positively in being proactive, also requires that we are aware of what we should avoid.

What comprises one’s Immune System – Our Immune System is composed of many systems and body organs that work together, interact together, and can either assist or disrupt how our body responds either to outside stimuli or internal disruption. Needless to say, in this article, I can only list those specific arts that are part of our immune system, leaving out exactly how each integral part works.

Immune system integral parts – Leukocytes, White blood cells, Thymus, Bone Marrow, Lymph Nodes, Lymphatic System, Tonsils, Adenoids and Appendix, Skin, Antibodies, Innate Immune System, Acquired Immune System (changes over time influenced by immunization.

A brief list of excess consumption of foods and substances that will over time, compromise one’s Immune System;

Cigarettes, illegal drugs, alcohol, Salt, refined white sugar, hydrogenated oils, and excess intake of overly processed foods. To keep it simple that would be anything found in a box, a bag, or a can, including candies.

Note: Recent research has shown that excess consumption of red meat is highly acidic, contains high amounts of fat and cholesterol, and increases the risk in some people for certain types of cancer.

A brief list of foods and substances that can help to protect the immune system;

A daily Antioxidant, such as Vitamin-C, Resveratrol, Zinc, Fiber, and Vegetables. A good source of protein in moderation is low fat-low Sodium cheese, plant proteins, and Fish, such as Salmon that contains Omega 3, and Omega 6. Understanding the Need and benefit of a routine of exercise. And also healthier Substitutes for Sugar and sodium, including how to enjoy healthy tasteful food. For ideas and planning healthier changes find this information in one of my many books.

It is strongly recommended before taking any Supplements obtain your Doctor’s approval.

Eileen Renders is a retired nutrition counselor, health research writer, author, and publisher with more than a dozen published titles on She founded the First Wellness Center in Atlantic County in 1995 and was a provider for Cigna and United Healthcare.