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Strengthening Your Immune System

December 07th, 2004

By Sal Roach

Fighting infections before they arrive is the best way to stay health in the winter months.

The winter months are bringing with them an increase in viruses and various epidemics. The flu and common cold are gripping many Americans, causing them to loose valuable time by having to run to the store to buy medicine that will not help, because, in truth, there is no cure for either of those things. Vaccines are in great demand but short supply, and with many Americans without Health Insurance, there needs to be another way.

Strengthening Your Immune System

There is: Prevention.

Strengthening your immune system is really the best way to fight infection in these months when the elements are clearly against you.

The best way to protect yourself is to increase your intake of veggies and fruits. No, that tomato and lettuce you had on your burger does not count. Fresh, uncooked natural fruits and veggies have the vitamins and minerals to boost the protective wall that is your immune system. If you can, try to eat raw foods in about 85 percent of your meals for about a week. Cut out processed foods that contain a lot of sugar. Also, decrease your meat intake during these months. I know it keep you warm, but the grease and fat are tearing down what protects you the most.

If you are a smoker or a drinker, you should be reading this carefully. We know you are not going to give that up, but if you insist on putting that poison in your body, make sure you are supplementing it with good nutrition. Quitting smoking in the New Year may be exactly what you need.

Holiday parties call for increased alcohol intake. This damages your liver and in turn, makes it very difficult for you to replenish your essential minerals and immune fighting agents. The reason drinkers are always sick is because they have no protection against dangerous infections. Also, the lethargy gained with too much consumption does not allow for exercise, which also is an essential agent in blocking infection and strengthening your immune system.

Now some of you may have needed to pick up an extra job in order to pick up all the presents and holiday goodies you need. Make sure you are getting between 6-8 hours of sleep a night. Take a nap when you can, even if it’s for a few minutes. Your body needs time to regenerate itself. Pulling all nighter’s in search of Santa’s Rain Deer will leave you sick and crawling around the chimney come Christmas morning.

If you are feeling stressed out, you need to find some way to control that other than with drugs or distractions. Do some inner work, meditation and stretching to relive some of your stressful ways. If not, the activity of your white blood cells, a main helper in protecting you, can go way down, allowing in all the airborne diseases to infiltrate your body.

While rest and relaxation are great, too much of it can actually hurt the flow of blood in your body and decrease the effectiveness of your immune system. If you have the opportunity to trade massages with someone, especially a massage of the lower back, this can loosen up the joints, and also help to prevent stress, as well as decrease isolation, which can also lower your resistance.

Be aware of your inner workings at all times, especially in these months. Once you get sick, it can be hard to shake, so make sure to take measures of prevention before you are infected.

If you would like more information on how to guard against infections with natural vitamins and minerals, feel free to visit our online directory for more information.

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