If you’re concerned about your health during this pandemic, I understand.
According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), my risk factors went up the day I
turned 65. Germs and bacteria have been with us since the Fall of Man, but there are
ways we can boost our immune system to fight them. These same changes allowed
my body to return to vibrant health during and after my cancer treatments. They
also enable us to unleash the power of our own God-given immune systems to fight
other diseases:

Practice CDC guidelines.

Continue to practice social distancing, wear a mask in public, wash hands constantly,
isolate those who are sick, and be careful about touching what others touch. Those
who are elderly or have underlying conditions may need to continue the quarantine.
Check with your doctor. I had to practice these guidelines during chemotherapy.

Stay properly hydrated.

Every cell and every system in our bodies require plentiful water to work properly.
The mucus in our respiratory system provides a crucial barrier against infections
and is empowered by water. Half your body weight in fluid ounces daily is your
minimal goal. Unfortunately, most Americans are living their lives dehydrated.

Keep moving.

Our bodies work best when we move during the day. Movement increases the
production of our immune killer B and T cells, helps our lymphatic system take out
the trash, and enhances every system in our body. The sedentary lifestyle
contributes to many diseases, so keep moving especially during a pandemic.

Eat a nutrient-rich, balanced diet.

We are what we eat. Our bodies can be strengthened through eating a nutrient-rich,
more plant-based diet. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants and
phytochemicals which boost our immune systems and prevent cancer. Highly
processed foods, excessive sugar, and fried foods suppress our immune systems.

Nourish your gut.

Our gut lining is where 70 percent of our immune system is located. When this
lining is properly nourished with probiotics such as yogurt and fermented foods
along with prebiotic fiber from fruits and vegetables, it allows the good nutrients to
flow throughout our body and keeps the bad stuff out. A healthy gut can take care of
many germs and viruses. It’s an important part of our God-designed, protective
armor.

Allow your body to heal and repair with restorative sleep.

When you are in deep sleep, the miracles of healing increase exponentially.
Melatonin, a hormone created in deep sleep, is a major cancer fighter and immune builder. Our bodies heal, regenerate and detox when we engage in deep sleep. Your
healing can be as close as your pillow—and it’s free.

When these six lifestyle changes are implemented which include CDC guidelines,
even those age 65 and up can fare better. God created our bodies with an innate
ability to heal and fight disease. When we properly hydrate, keep moving, nourish
our gut and body with healthy foods, and allow our body to engage in deep sleep to
heal and detox, our health will benefit. Our immune systems may weaken as we age,
but these suggestions enable us to unleash our God-given healing at any age.

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