Some types of stress are beneficial. But the stress must be able to be controlled. Lower-level employees often suffer from the most workplace stress because they don't have people under them who they can delegate their work to. Managers often have an option to reduce stress by delegating tasks. Accounts show that people who retire early have an immune system that declines.
Spiritual attachment and practicing yoga and deep relaxation are important in reducing stress and improving the immunity. Smith says that practicing deep relaxation for 30 minutes a day for 100 days continuously can result in long-term changes to the central nervous system.
Cortisol is the main toxin of stress. The initial effect of cortisol is positive, but it uses up the reserves of cells and organs. The HPA axis is responsible for telling the pituitary gland to make hormones to send to adrenal glands, which in turn make cortisol. The stress mechanism therefore starts in the brain. Remember, though, that there are reports that M.E. sufferers often have lowered levels of cortisol.
There is no herb that can detox the lymph glands. The lymphatic system depends on gravity and muscle movement. Exercise is the best thing to get them active. Five minutes on a trampoline is good exercise to stimulate lymphatic fluid. Stroking the skin with a brush is another approach. Smith also says that an apple juice fast is good for clearing lymphatic fluid from the tonsils during sore throats.
Epsom salts (can be obtained from pet stores) - 2kg can be added to a hot bath. The heated magnesium sulphate draws toxins out of the body.
Hydration is also really important. The interesting point in relation to this is that Smith suggests that we only take in liquid at one or two points in the day, rather than sipping continuously through the day. Not feeling thirsty in the first place, or feeling really thirsty while eating, are signs of dehydration. Smith recommends drinking two liters of water over 10 days to rehydrate, and claims the body will then adopt more healthy drinking habits. Coconut water or aloe vera is a great additive to water. Smith found himself urinating less with this 'food' added to the water. Another consequence of sipping water through the day, is that it stimulates the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This is detrimental on several levels. Firstly, you should stop drinking at least 20 minutes before you eat. This is because hydrochloric acid contains protein-digesting enzymes. Don't drink again for around 2 hours after eating.
Smith doesn't rate most pro-biotics. He claims to have taken really high doses of commercial pro-biotic products, but hasn't noticed any gain from them.
A bowel cleanse can be important to improving immunity.
It is important to alkalize the body - most vegetables are alkaline, so increasing vegetable intake is important. Smith advocates steaming vegetables. Heating to a certain degree can release certain nutrients, where other speakers have said that heat could destroy useful enzymes and nutrients. Heating omega-3 can also degrade a useful nutrient. Smith recommends raw hemp oil over others, with olive oil as a mid-way compromise. Don't fry food with essential fatty acids. Use a saturated fat, since they handle heat without being damaged. Coconut oil is a good frying option. The only downside to saturated fat is that they can raise cholesterol in some people, however, Smith doesn't feel that is a problem. Above all, Smith recommends avoiding vegetable oils because they convert to free radical toxins.
Vegans need to be careful about getting more protein in their diet. Lentils and pulses are a good source. Lack of protein can compromise the immune system. The flip side is that over consumption of proteins can lead to weight gain. A recommended intake guide is body weight (in kg) x 0.75. Calorie restriction is also important to a healthy body.
Follow a GI diet. The glycemic index measures how quickly a food releases glucose into the blood stream. White rice and sugar are close to GI value of 100. Don't eat anything with a GI over 70. However, the GI index is not wholly accurate, since you rarely eat a food purely on its own.
Other foods Smith recommends: Xylitol - a healthy sugar substitute extracted from corn; has no glycemic response. Maintaining hygiene is important - for example, the handling of money can be really dirty. Look up the Zone Diet. Consume 'superfoods' - on Smith's list are: sprouts, pomegranates, blueberries, avocados, flax, green tea, leeks, and red berries.