Build your Immune System

Thursday, November 19, 2009 23:56
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Most of us are experiencing exposure to people who are becoming sick due to colds or the flu. More and more info keeps popping up on how to stay well. Honestly though the best way not to get sick is to build your immune system. So here are some tips to do so:
  • Get adequate rest, at least 6 to 8 hours each night. This is the time the body rebuilds and repairs itself so allow it to do so!
  • Drink enough fluids,1-2 quarts daily, especially water. Water is the universal detox liquid. And, contrary to what you frequently hear about fruit juices they really aren't the best way to go; they are primarily just the sugar of the fruit which can actually deplete the immune system when consumed in excess.
  • Consume a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, offering great vitamin, antioxidants and plant sterols that safeguard the immune system.
  • Do avoid sugar, fructose and simple refined carbohydrates. These quickly compromise the immune system.
  • Researcher David Nieman, Dr.PH suggests quercetin, green tea extract and fish oil to help immune system. Also, enough can’t be said about vitamin D3 to enhance immunity so get out in the sun when you can! Adding high quality vitamins and minerals to your diet might help as well.  And of course, you want to eat healthy to get nutrients from your food intake.
  • Dr. Nieman suggests moderate exercise when you are well but not to overdue it either. Exercise to build your immune system but be cautious when you are just getting over being ill or coming down with something.
  • And even though simple washing of your hands more consistently may not build your immune system specifically, it does helps keep those lurking virus bugs from attaching on to you.  Keep your hands away from your face as much as possible too.

For an user friendly, interesting and sometimes amusing video on how a virus enters the body see this!

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