Keep your Immune System Strong

Tis the season of handshakes, kisses and hugs… sniffles, coughs and sneezes. Germs spread easily. If you touch a surface contaminated by a carrier of the cold virus, that virus is transferred into your body. These hearty viruses can live for hours on door knobs, pencils, phones, skin, forks and spoons. Sadly, the only way to avoid sickness during the holiday season is to wear a haz mat suit or stay away from people who are sick.But there are things you can do to reduce the likelihood and severity of virus-borne sickness.

CLEAN UP

Wash your hands  Germs are easily spread on shopping carts, door handles and money. Being close to others when they are sniffling and sneezing provides an ideal opportunity to pick up their germs and innocently touching your face offers them a free ride into your body, Wash your hands with soap and water and keep a sanitizer in your purse for those times when you can’t wash your hands.

Disinfect your environment: Wipe down appliances such as telephones and remote controls to avoid infecting others and re-infecting yourself. Change the bed linens and bath towels frequently and use disposable towels in shared bathrooms and in the kitchen.

STAY HYDRATED

Use a humidifier: Viruses spread more efficiently in dry, heated air. Reduce their transport by keeping the air humidified.

Drink Fluids (@ 2 quarts of water a day.] This helps to improve the function of white blood cells and prevents the membranes of the respiratory tract from dehydrating. Try herb teas and/or hot water with some lemon juice and a slice or two of ginger. This is great for a sore throat and ginger contains the immune-boosting mineral zinc, while lemons are rich in vitamin C.

EAT HEALTHY

Increase Vegetables: They are packed with vitamins and minerals that help support the immune system; providing antioxidants and vitamin C.

Eat Citrus fruits Citrus is a good source of vitamin C. If you consume your fruit in juice form, make sure it does not have sugar added, and use in moderation so as not to elevate sugar levels. Elevated sugar levels negatively impact the immune system.

Eat Garlic Garlic has anti-bacterial properties and helps the body to ward off viruses To keep from warding off your loved one too – chew on some fresh parsley to freshen the breath.

Eat your Mushrooms [or take a mushroom supplement] Mushrooms contain compounds known as alpha and beta glucans. Lab studies are finding that the beta-glucans activate production of T-cells and NK (natural killer) cells. These are the cells that fight viral and bacterial infection.

Eat Lean Protein: protein is vital for optimal immune function.

Eliminate simple sugars: Sugar can inhibit the ability of phagocytes, or white blood cells, to pursue and devour foreign antigens such as viruses and bacteria.

Avoid dairy and bread: They tend to worsen the congestion during a cold.

Supplement Sensibly: In addition to an Isotonix Multivitamin and Isotonix Vitamin D with K2 also consider Isotonix Immune ; suck on sugar-free zinc lozenges. They might reduce the severity and duration of a cold. Also inquire at your local health food store about herbs that help boost the immune system and alleviate symptoms.

LIVE A GOOD LIFE

Kick the bad habit: Tobacco and excess alcohol negatively impact your immune system

Walk for 30 minutes a day:  Doctors have found that exercise can boost your immune system by providing a boost to the cells in your body that are assigned to attack bacteria. Though this boost only lasts for a few hours after you exercise, it’s often enough to help keep you healthier than you would be if you didn’t exercise.

Get your rest: The immune system requires energy to fight back against bugs and bacteria. Take naps and go to bed at a decent hour.

Cultivate Serenity: Stress inhibits the ability of lymphocytes, key immune cells, to proliferate or divide in response to foreign antigens such as viruses; It also squelches the activity of natural killer cells. Take time for meditation, deep cleansing breaths and prayer thoughout your day. It will help to keep you calm and hopefully sickness free.

Always check with your health care professional before making diet and lifestyle changes.

 

Bonnie Church CNC CLC

The Well-being Strategist

“I bust ruts. A rut is an ever-deepening pit created from thinking the same stupid thoughts, saying the same stupid words and doing the same stupid things over and over again. Ruts ruin our relationships, destroy our health, consume our wealth, deflate our self-confidence and extinguish our joy.

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