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.




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