Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Avoid Colds and Flu: Maintain Immune System

Winter is here with its wind and snow and so is the flu and cold season. You avoid sniffling coworkers and children with runny noses, you go out of your way to bundle up and even increase your intake of vitamin C--but many times you still end up catching the cold! Why? Because your immune system may not be at its optimal state.

To make sure this winter your immune system is working at its best..
  • Nourish your body with Vitamin D. Research has shown that susceptibility to catching colds/flu may be a result of vitamin D deficiency.
  • Avoid sugar. Sugar suppresses your immune system.
  • Get enough sleep. Your immune system will be at a greater risk of viral or bacterial take over if you are deprived of sleep.
  • Manage your emotional stress. Mastering ways to deal with your everyday stressors and reactions to circumstances beyond your control will contribute to an irrepressible immune system.
  • Exercise regularly. There is evidence that regular exercise boosts your body’s immune response.




Sunday, December 12, 2010

Some Conditions Can be Managed Without Medications

Loosing weight  combined with exercise that doesn't put stress on the joints can make arthritis less painful and can  increase mobility in those with the condition.

Avoiding foods high in saturated fat can make your cholesterol drop by about 5 percent.

Cognitive Decline:
Taking fish oil supplements and keeping your brain sharp by practicing mental exercises such as solving puzzles, stimulating your memory, etc, can help prevent mental decline.

Once again, taking fish oil supplements, exercising, and getting enough sunshine can have a positive affect on those suffering with depression.

High Blood Pressure:  
Reducing your sodium intake, losing weight, managing your stress levels, and exercising can help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.