The title may make you wonder if I'm going to discuss psychopathic murderers, but actually I'll be talking about you.
You have natural killers in you.
Before you get all offended, you need to know that these natural killers are a good thing. A very good thing.
That being the case, I'm going to talk about how to keep your natural killers in top form and ready for business.
Natural Killer cells
Why should you care? Natural Killer cells are a function of the endocrine system. When one part of the endo system has a problem, the others rush to help, and they all end up with problems. When the endocrine glands ain't happy, ain't nothin' happy. You end up in trouble and feeling like death struck by a brick.
So listen up.
Our immune system, based in the thymus gland, creates the natural killer cells, otherwise known as NKs. They spend their nights and days hunting for viruses, bacteria, etc. so they can kill the bad guys before they take us down.
Unfortunately, toxic chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides-you know, all the things that hitch a ride on the fruits and vegetables we buy-can overwhelm NKs.
These toxic chemicals create free radicals-unbalanced cells-which swamp our immune system.
This leads to oxidative stress, which simply means our cells don't get enough oxygen. Without oxygen, cells slow down and sometimes die. That's the road to disease. And, it appears, aging.
Which is why we hear all the talk about antioxidants. Get enough of those babies, and the oxidative stress problem goes away. Wellll, perhaps not completely.
Our food supply-fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy-comes chock-a-block full of toxic gunk. It would take a heap o' antioxidants to win the war.
We need antioxidants
Yes, indeedy, we absolutely, positively need antioxidants, starting with a full agenda of vitamin and mineral supplements. Our bodies insist on balance, so rather than random, hit-or-miss nutrition, give them everything they need to fight the good fight. It's a team effort, not a Lone Ranger kind of thing.
And exercise. Not the 'no pain, no gain' variety. Not even aerobic exercise. Weights, resistance training, walking and the like, done to tolerance. You don't do your body any favors by taxing your strength, so start where you are and get better.
Plus, don't volunteer to eat toxic chemicals. Go organic if possible-grass-fed beef, free-range chicken and eggs, organic produce. Let supermarket managers know you want organic. Shop at farmer's markets. Go on-line for grass-fed beef. In other words, make new shopping habits.
If you can't get organic produce, start washing and peeling. And don't eat anything that grows underground like carrots, onions and potatoes. They get drowned with toxic chemicals like you wouldn't believe, and no amount of washing cleans them up.
The word's getting out, and people are voting with their dollars for change. In the meantime, it's going to take effort to protect your natural killers, your immune system, your health and your youthful appearance.
You're worth it.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.