immune system

  1. Immune system T-cells boosted by sun exposure

    How sunlight boosts your immune system

    February may not be prime time for getting out under the sun in most parts of the country... even if it's something we do all year long here in Southern California.

    But when the weather allows it, make it a point to soak up some rays for a few minutes each day.

    It doesn't just FEEL good.

    It IS good -- and the latest research shows how simple sun exposure can give your immune system a powerful boost.

    I'm sure you already know how sunlight stimulates the body into producing vitamin D, which itself plays an essential role in fighting off everything from infections to chronic disease.

    But the new study shows another way sunlight can turbocharge your immune system -- and this one may be even more powerful!

    The moment sunlight hits your skin, something incredible happens deep inside your body.

    Your T-cells wake up.

    Those are some of the most important cells in your immune system.

    They're your body's first line of defense, rushing to the scene of a potential infection, where they attempt to overwhelm and kill viral and bacterial invaders.

    When your T-cells are charged up and ready to go, you can get exposed to nasty germs like the ones behind the flu and never get sick.

    But when they're slow and sluggish, you could pay the price.

    The new study finds the low levels of blue light emitted by the sun can penetrate the skin down to its second layer, the dermis, where it causes T-cells to pump out hydrogen peroxide.

    That's essentially a call to arms from your T-cells. It gets them moving, and helps them rally more cells to the scene of a possible infection.

    And while these T-cells are based in the dermis, they don't have to stay there.

    Once activated, they can move just about anywhere they're needed in the body -- and the blue wavelengths in sunlight give them the power to reach infections faster so you stay healthier longer.

    Of course, there's an obvious downside to sun exposure.

    Too much of it can cause sunburn and the damage that can lead to skin cancer.

    But as I shared with you last year in Health Revelations, there's a way to safely get the sun you need without the risks, and that's to go outside for brief periods.

    Somewhere between five and 20 minutes is enough to stimulate your body and, in most cases, won't turn you into a crisp. (Of course, adjust the time accordingly if you have fair skin or burn easily).

    If you want to stay out longer, either cover up with clothing and a hat or choose sunscreen that contains titanium or zinc oxide that's free of parabens and other harmful chemicals.

  2. Immune system holds the key to heart health

    The surprising secret to heart health

    Take a moment today to pay tribute to your body's unsung hero -- the one you hardly ever notice.

    When your immune system is firing on all cylinders like it's supposed to, you could get exposed to all kinds of nasty germs... and yet never get so much as a sniffle.

    But that's not even close to everything your immune system does. Even if you THINK yours is working right... even if you haven't had so much as a sneeze in years... it could be just a little bit off.

    And that could set the stage for something you CAN'T feel until it's too late.

    New research shows how your immune system plays a key role in heart health -- and if yours is anything less than optimal, you could be leaving yourself open to a heart attack.

    The new study looked at the levels of several disease-beating, germ-fighting, and downright life-saving antibodies, including immunoglobulin G (IgG), immunoglobulin M (IgM), and the antibodies that work against the oxidized form of LDL cholesterol.

    While regular LDL isn't the villain it's been made out to be (and often plays a key role in protecting you -- as you'll see in a study I'm going to share next week), the oxidized form really can do a number on you.

    So not surprisingly, folks with the lowest levels of these three antibodies faced the highest risk of a heart attack.

    What IS surprising is that the most important antibody of all for heart protection wasn't the one that fights off oxidized LDL.

    It was IgG, the immune-system antibody best known for battling viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.

    Folks with the highest levels of IgG had the lowest risk of a heart attack -- and that protection level was completely independent of other risk factors such as blood pressure and cholesterol.

    That means boosting your immune system could be the single most important step you could take for heart protection -- and fortunately, you don't need a drug with side effects for that.

    There are simple, safe, and effective ways to arm your immune system for battle so it can fight off everything from the common cold to a killer heart attack.

    I recommend starting with glutathione, the "master antioxidant" that's one of the most powerful immune-boosters around -- and it's proven to protect against some of today's leading killer diseases including cancer, Alzheimer's, and heart disease.

    I shared the full story on glutathione, including a simple way to see if your own levels might be too low, in the February 2015 edition of my subscription newsletter, Health Revelations.

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  3. Boost immune system with vitamin D

    The best immune-boosting nutrient is... Your immune system is like your bank account. It's important at every age -- but the older you get, the more essential it is to your overall wellbeing. I can't do much about your bank account. But I can help you with your immune system, because I have a long list of ways you can invest in your good health. And the one deposit you should make daily is a stash of vitamin D, because new research confirms that the sunshine vitamin just might be the most powerful immune-boosting nutrient of all. Continue reading →
  4. The benefits of probiotics

    Probiotics can enhance your immune system and help your body fight off infections, new research finds.
  5. Arsenic in rice is unsafe

    The feds say the arsenic levels in rice are safe to eat -- but that flies in the face of science.
  6. Electronic devices disrupt sleep cycles

    The artificial LED light from electronic devices like iPads fool your body into thinking it's daytime disrupting melatonin production, leading to sleep issues, immunity problems, and reducing your protection against diseases like cancer.
  7. Sleep disorder boosts prostate risk

    Poor sleep habits increase the risk of prostate cancer, including potentially deadly advanced tumors.
  8. Baby vaccine schedule tied to hospitalization and death

    Babies that get the most vaccines actually have a higher risk of hospitalization and death, according to new research.
  9. Walking and jogging prevents metabolic syndrome

    You can get healthier without even breaking a sweat -- and all you have to do is walk a little faster.
  10. Probiotics can help beat the cold

    A probiotic blend can help reduce the severity of the common cold and shorten the duration, according to the latest research.
  11. Vitamin B3 can wipe out staph bacteria

    There’s a simple, safe and all-natural solution for wiping out staph bacteria such as MRSA: vitamin B3.
  12. Why you need more vitamin C

    The recommended daily intake of vitamin C is set way too low, and researchers are now leading a push to have it increased. Find out how more C can help you.
  13. Judge rules that MMR shot caused autism

    An Italian judge ruled that the MMR shot caused autism -- and that's not the only problem with this and other vaccines.
  14. Green tea can keep you on your toes

    Drop for drop, it's hard to top green tea when it comes to health benefits. The drink has been shown to help fight cancer, boost the immune system, and even help you to live longer. And now, a new study shows that it can keep you active and on your feet -- especially if you're getting up there in years.
  15. New gout 'cure' is a recipe for more pain

    If you think gout is bad, just wait 'til you see the latest "cure." This new drug treatment doesn't replace what's already out there. It's in addition to it -- so you have to take both bad meds, doubling your risk of side effects and other problems.
  16. WHACK your flu risk this winter

    The power to beat the flu is literally in your hands: Wash ‘em often, and the virus that causes the disease won't have a chance to invade your body.
  17. Natural hope for MS patients

    The mainstream "solutions" to multiple sclerosis can be even worse than the disease itself: Of all the dangerous meds MS patients are told to take, not a single one of them can stop or reverse the damage. And they all come with some horrific side effects.
  18. Red wine: exercise in a glass

    You might think the only "exercise" you'll get from drinking wine comes from lifting the glass -- or maybe struggling to open the bottle. But it turns out resveratrol, the famous "red wine antioxidant," can actually trick the body into thinking it's getting some actual exercise -- giving you a big-time metabolic boost with every little sip.
  19. Yoga can bring fibro relief

    Researchers say light stretching can do what a pharmacy full of drugs often cannot: Bring real relief to women suffering from fibromyalgia, the mystifying and often debilitating pain condition.
  20. The 'secret ingredient' in coffee

    I love a good mystery -- and there's one brewing right now in the world of coffee. Now, a new study has found two ingredients in particular that seem to work together to protect you against Alzheimer's disease. One is caffeinate, and the other is...well, that's where the mystery comes in.

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