Food Is Not Your Enemy

How to Boost Your Immunity
November 10, 2011, 2:25 pm
Filed under: Chronic Disease, Healthy Lifestyle | Tags: ,

When it comes to cold and flu season, there’s a lot you can do to protect yourself from getting sick. Two of the most important and simple preventative steps you can take are to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and to wash your hands frequently. It works for doctors, and it can work for you.

But it will also benefit you greatly to make sure that your immune system is in tip-top shape. If it is, it can potentially destroy any invading pathogens before they set up shop in your body and cause illness.

Here are some tips on how to build your immunity:

  • Get stress under control. Studies have shown that stress is the cause of at least 80 percent of all disease, and there is no question that stress suppresses the immune system.
  • Get enough sleep. In a 2009 study, people who slept fewer than seven hours per night had triple the risk of getting sick compared to those who averaged eight hours or more.
  • Get regular exercise. Couch potato behavior promotes atrophy as well as impaired circulation, both of which result in a compromised immune system.
  • Eat whole grains. The outer covering of whole grains–the part that is removed to make white rice, white flour, etc.–contains many vitamins and minerals, including selenium, that help support immunity.
  • Eat leafy greens and other vegetables. Vegetables provide the vitamins, minerals, and fiber that are key to overall good health–a plant-centric diet will boost your immune system and protect you against everything from the latest cold making its way through your office to more serious illnesses like cancer.

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