December 2011, I nearly died from Hashimoto's Disease - an auto-immune disease. I wasn't even 40 years old. My immune system was over loaded and I didn't know how to off-load it. My allergies were out of control. For many years, I had been heavily dependent on pharmaceuticals to manage my hay-fever, asthma, eczema, and other allergies. My body couldn't take it any more and my organs were failing. I kept crying out to Jesus to heal my body, as he saw fit.
As I write this, it's April 2016. The Hashimoto's Disease is gone. I am on no pharmaceuticals and haven't been for several years. My immune system is working well. All our sicknesses and illnesses are managed naturally, the way the Lord God originally intended, I believe. We are rarely ill. Jesus has answered my prayers and he keeps on answering them, each day. This was no over night, lightening bolt healing. It was gradual. Each day, week, month, Jesus would show me things to change in our lifestyle that were in obedience with his word. We simply obey, by the grace of God.
There is so much wisdom in the word of God on how to keep one's body healthy. Like a fool, I used to ignore it. I was just plain proud. I didn't want to change. I didn't want to have to admit that part of the mess I was in was all my own fault - a result of years of bad choices. But just like years of bad choices can add up, so too can years of good choices. Below, I've outlined some good habits we have chosen to make, to keep our immune systems working the best they can. We can't change everything in life...but there are some things we can change and each little change makes a difference for the better.
Each of us as individuals is a complicated mix of our genetics and environmental factors. Together these heavily influence our body's immune system. We may not be able to change our original genetics, but what we can change is our epi-genetics and the environmental factors that influence them. Environmental factors switch genes on and off and can either damage or build up your existing DNA. Environmental factors matter.
3 Simple Environmental Changes to Build Your Immune System
- Food and drink are environmental factors. In the old saying' you are what you eat' we see a lot of wisdom. Eat the wrong things and you'll feel constantly fatigued, sick, angry, anxious and depressed. Eat what Yahweh designed as foods in the correct proportions and you'll feel energetic, joyful and peaceful. Our food and drink are important environmental factors which is why the Bible spends so much time imparting wisdom on the topic.
But what goes onto our bodies is just as important as what goes into our bodies.
- Body Care Products are environmental factors If you use body care products that are loaded with synthetic chemicals it will stress your immune system. Like the straw that broke the camel's back, daily use of synthetically derived deodorants, perfumes, toothpaste, shampoos, hair dyes, aftershaves, nail polish, sunscreen, insect repellant, menstrual pads and make-up will take it's toll.
Your skin is the largest organ in your body.
Your skin is the most exposed to the external environment.
Your skin needs to be nourished and cared for like the rest of your body.
Your skin is also absorbent. What goes on topically will be absorbed internally.
So, if your body is feeling constantly fatigues, sick, angry, anxious and depressed and you have already examined what you are eating...I suggest you have a good look at what you are putting on your body.
- Air Quality is an important environmental factor. Clean, fresh air is important. Our lungs are like sponges. What they breathe in is absorbed by the body. Little things ad up. Daily inhalation of synthetic air-freshners, perfumes, fumes, pesticides and insecticides will have long-term negative effects on your health. Your body has to spend time and energy detoxing the chemicals, time that could be better spent serving Yahweh. Switch to healthier choices.
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- Deodorants - There are lots of natural options available. Avoid aluminium and other heavy metals along with synthetic chemicals. Look for vegan products that don't promote other religions. We and others we know have successfully used bicarb-soda, colloidal silver (use a small spray bottle), essential oils, natural roll-ons (Biologika), black chicken axilla deodorant paste and crystal rock deodorants.
- Toothpaste - We avoid fluoride, SLS and other synthetic chemicals. I re-enameled a tooth naturally without the use of fluoride. There are natural alternatives to suit every price range. Some people make their own ( look on line for recipes) whilst others purchase pre-made products, such as Red Seal Natural or the Lemon Myrtle Fragrances Toothpaste.
- Shampoo - There are a lot of natural alternatives. There are those who just use water and a brushing technique, those that use bicarb and apple cider vinegar, and then there are those who use pre-made products like Sukin, Biologika, PPC Herbs, J.R. Liggett's, Old Fashioned Bar Shampoo.
- Insect Repellant - to avoid DEET and other chemicals switch to a healthier alternative. You can either make your own using essential oils or purchase one from an organic shop or over the net. They may be a little more pricey but I can assure you all the one's we've tried have worked and we didn't have to worry about what it was doing to our immune system.
- Pests - For moths and bugs in the house, most nights we run a bug zapper. We also use essential oils on cotton wool balls in all our closets quite successfully. For cockroaches, clove oil around the skirting will deter them along with good hygiene. For flies, we use a fly swat. We have not had our house sprayed for pests in well over 7 years and there are no plagues here.
"Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." 2 Cor 7:1