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A healthy immune system is key to minimising allergies, avoiding vaccinations and handling the possible demise of antibiotics. Peggy O'Mara (posted 25 March 2015, accessed 13 January 2016) 
says:

'Many people mistakenly believe that germs cause colds and other infectious illnesses. The state of our immune system, however, is what really determines whether or not we get sick. The specific bacteria or virus is not nearly as important as the medium in which it is allowed to flourish.'

She goes on to give various preventive measures, particularly for care of children.

Here are my tips to boost your immune system.
  • Love. "I am convinced that unconditional love is the most powerful known stimulant of the immune system. If I told patients to raise their blood levels of immune globulins or killer T cells, no one would know how. But if I can teach them to love themselves and others fully, the same changes happen automatically. The truth is: love heals." (Bernie Siegel, MD) [Also see: Self-LoveLove & Health; Culture of Love; Love - You can Save the World with Love; Choose to Love.]
  • Vaginal Birth. Avoid caesarean sections. Vaginal birth is the optimal way to seed the baby with its mother's bacteria and complete the baby's immune system. Vaginal home birth is the ideal. See here and here.
  • Breastfeeding, especially extended, confers better infant health and a lifelong enhanced immunity. See here and here.
  • Good sanitation = clean drinking water + good sewage disposal. Preferably filtered water.  
  • Good (but not excessive) hygiene. See here.
  • Eat healthy. Enjoy a diverse diet - see here. Minimise added sugar/fructose - see here.
  • Fasting. Learn more here. "Fasting is the greatest remedy, the physician within" (Paracelsus).
  • Exercise.
  • Avoid antibiotics as the primary weapon against common infections. Infection most of the time is a sign of an effective immune system, that the body is responding appropriately and ridding itself of virus and bacteria debris - see here! Try and avoid antibiotics altogether if possible. Rather use the likes of vitamin C (interesting article here!) and other immune boosting supplements (e.g. Echinaforce) and foods. An alternative to antibiotics is raw honey. Also consider chillies, onions and garlic.  
  • Vitamin N, where N stands for Nature. This is about getting closer to nature, in early childhood and throughout life. For example, children regularly in contact with farm animals have less allergies (Allergy UK, posted November 2013, accessed 27 August 2014); also see here and here. Avoid Nature Deficit Disorder (NDD)!
  • Sunshine synthesises vitamin D, which in turn helps the immune system. See here, here, here and here. Sunshine also gets you into nature! 
  • Sleep well"Make sure that you have a good night sleep because it’s during your sleep that your immune system builds up but don’t sleep with alcohol or sleeping pills in your system" (Deepak Chopra, posted 5 February 2014, accessed 27 August 2014)
  • Room Temperature. The immune system is weaker in cooler temperatures. For example, the common cold replicates better in a cold nose. Recommended indoor temperatures are around 18-21 °C, although I understand the Inuits are comfortable around 15.5-18 °C (but they are physiologically evolved for the cold with short limbs, very efficient metabolisms, extra body fat). (References: BBC; WHO 1985 PDF Health Impact of Low Indoor Temperatures; spitbull post 12 December 2012 2.35pm; all accessed 15 January 2015.) 
  • Stress Management. Things like simplifying your life and meditation help with stress management. Modern life tends to be so frantic. Reducing excessive stress guards against weakened immunity.
  • Safety and Insecurity Issues in Your Life and Environment. These disrupt your immune system (cited by Caroline Myss in her audio taped talk 'The Creation of Health'). So, do your best to create a safe and secure life. 
  • Hierarchies in Society. Whether this is the British class system or the Indian caste system or whatever, this needs to be minimised. Being at the bottom of the social heap means we are chronically stressed. It alters the immune system, compromising physical and mental health (BBC, posted and accessed 25 November 2016). We need equality and unity. [Also see 'Underclass & Criminality'.]
  • Intimate Relationships Health. Medical research has shown that the marital relationship is the single best predictor of immune system functioning (Keicolt-Glaser, J. K., Fisher, L.D., Ogrocki, P., et al. 1987; Keicolt- Glaser, J. K., Kennedy, S., Malkoff, S., et al., 1988)
  • Laughter!! 
  • Dry Body Brushing. A natural bristle brush is used to lightly brush the dry body. This strengthens the immune system, aiding the proper functioning of the lymph system by clearing it of congestion and cellulite. Improved lymph flow means increased immunity, better health, fewer headaches/colds/flu/etc. Also, excess water is flushed from the tissues, reducing puffiness and bloating. See how here
  • Masturbation. Masturbation improves immune functioning by increasing cortisol levels, which can regulate immune functioning in small doses (Spring Chenoa Cooper & Anthony Santella, The Independent, posted and accessed 15/5/2015).
  • Altruism. Doing good boosts the immune system and the nervous system. So do random acts of kindness, volunteer, serve, sign petitions. By the way, altruism is not a form of selfishness, it's just how we social humans evolved. See here. It's Win-Win. The good guys finish healthier! 
  • Ancient Community Practices. Jacob Devaney writes that the combination of dance, music and socialising during days of stressful rescue work strengthened his immune system, whilst almost all his colleagues succumbed to sickness (Uplift, posted 3/12/2015, accessed 16/12/2015)
  • Singing is another ancient community practice that bonds us, reduces stress, promotes happiness, and boosts the immune system. For example, see here.  
  • Dogs 'Not only are dogs natural protectors of their home and pack, research now indicates that dogs can protect your children’s immune systems and help prevent allergies and conditions like eczema. One study by the University of Cincinnati showed that children who grew up with dogs and whose parents had some history of eczema developed the condition at a rate of as low as 9%, while households without dogs showed rates as high as 57%. On the other hand, having a cat in the house actually increased the chance of children developing eczema to as high as 54%. Surprisingly, children who tested allergic to dogs as babies actually benefited the most from having dogs in the house when they were infants. Nearly two thirds of them who grew up without a dog developed eczema and other allergic reactions later in life. Only 14% who grew up with dogs did.' (Jon Bastian, dated 2017, accessed 22/3/2017)

Also see:-

Magic Bullets for Babies

Vaccinations

MicroBirth

Allergies

Is Your Child Sick, or Demonstrating Health?
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Great Gut Extinction: Has modern life destroyed our health?
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