11 Ways to Boost the Immune System

Humans have survived over 2 million years in a sea of infections because of our active immune system.  The immune system consists of roughly 20 trillion cells that roam the body looking for villains.  Recognize “self” from “non-self”.  70% of the immune system surrounds the gut, hence gut health is crucial for immune health.  This article is dedicated to providing our readers with some empowering strategies to bolster your immune system and protect you and your loved ones against covid.

11 Ways to Boost the Immune System

Eli Metchnikof, PhD won the Nobel prize in medicine in 1908 for his work on the immune system, and is now called the founder of modern immunology.  Dr. Metchnikof warned us “Death begins in the colon.”  The most commonly eaten food in America is white bread, which is a cadaver of food, stripped of its most important ingredients.  The most commonly eaten fruits and vegetables in America are French fries, onion rings, and catsup; all of which are laughable as real food.  The average American consumes 150 pounds per year of refined sugar.  These are the nutrition standards that are encouraging covid to inflict suffering and death on mostly the old, sick, and malnourished.

11 Ways to Boost the Immune System

In the 1980s, scientists began investigating a strange virus that was neutralizing the immune system, called Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, AIDS.  That research began a feverish search for answers for AIDS, which resulted in a wealth of information about the human immune system, which is one of 7 systems in the human body.  We have white cells in our blood, which are born in the bone marrow, then matured in the thymus and spleen and circulated in the parallel circulatory system called the lymphatics.  Human immunity is a phenomenal system, when it is working properly.  The quality and quantity of human immune warriors is directly linked to the quality and quantity of nutrients in our diet.

11 Ways to Boost the Immune System

Damage report.  According to Worldometers.info, out of 7.8 billion people on earth, there have been 3.5 million cases and 245,000 deaths from covide.  America has 1.16 million cases and 67,000 deaths.  New York has nearly half the USA deaths with 24,000.  In general 99% of those infected recover from covid.  Of the 1% who die, 90% are older and sicker.  Covid is looking for “chinks in your armor”.

A recent study from Stanford University found that many more people have been infected with covid than once thought, most of them asymptomatic (feel fine) and many of them reported recovering from a mild case of the flu.  This study found the mortality rate of covid about the same as routine influenza, or 0.1%.

Do you need to boost your immune system? Perhaps, if you are:

  • Malnourished
  • Depressed
  • Obese
  • Sick, 88% of Americans are suffering from some metabolic disease, such as heart disease, diabetes on medication, 44% of Americans are on some prescription drug, with the elderly taking one drug per decade of life
  • Deprived of sun
  • Under exercised
  • Sleep deprived
  • Had a flu vaccine (increasing your risk for covid by 36%)
    then your risk for covid goes up dramatically.

Boost Your Immune System

Let’s see what we can do to activate your immune system.


There are many vitamins that play a crucial role in immune functions, including A, D, E, K, C, B-6, B-12


There are many minerals that are critical in immune functions, starting with selenium, iodine, magnesium, chromium, vanadium, strontium.


Protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, water in the right ratio.  Water is particularly crucial since the mucus that lines the lungs and sinuses is 99% water.  Many Americans stagger around with chronic dehydration.  Adequate water intake is essential in your immune system’s front line of defense.


Low in sugar and refined carbs.  Adequate protein with plenty of fiber to keep your gut microbes happy.  Avoid hydrogenated fats and excess liquid plant oils (such as soy, corn, safflower).  Sugar and refined carbohydrates are primary risk factors for infections, cancer, diabetes, obesity and more.

Water fasting

Water fasting one day a week can help adjust your insulin levels which is a critical issue for immunity.

When blood glucose goes up, the sugar in the blood competes with vitamin C for access to your immune cells.  Essentially, diabetics and many Americans who have insulin resistance have scurvy inside their white cells which compromises the ability of the immune system to destroy invaders, like covid.  One study found a 300% increase in mortality from covid among diabetics.

In my book, 12 Keys to a Healthier Cancer Patient, the main vectors driving your overall health are discussed:

  • Attitude/mind
  • Exercise
  • Nutrition
  • Toxins
  • Microbiome (gut)
  • Energy alignment

This book helps to optimize your “non-specific host defense mechanisms”, or how our body is self-repairing and self-regulating.

The human species survived this long because a healthy immune system can adjust, adapt, find ways to destroy invaders, like covid.  There is a light at the end of this covid tunnel.  You are almost there.  Take care of yourself.

Part 1 – Coronavirus and Staying Healthy

Part 2 – Coronavirus. Predator or Pretender?

Part 3 – Boost Your Immune System Naturally

Part 4 – Fight Infections Naturally

Dr. Patrick Quillin

Dr. Patrick Quillin, PhD,RD,CNS is an internationally recognized expert in the area of nutrition and health. He has 30 years experience as a clinical nutritionist, of which 10 years were spent as the Vice President for a leading cancer hospital system where he worked with thousands of cancer patients in a hospital setting. He is a Best Selling Author with 18 books which have sold over 2,000,000 copies and also a Keynote Speaker.

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