Cold & Flu Season Looms, Supercharge Your Immune System
With cold and flu season looming, it is a good time to boost your immune system to fight off viral and bacterial infections, and other annoying bugs.
Researchers say that we spread infections more easily in Winter months simply because we spend more time together inside.
In fact, despite what your parent told you, getting outside in the cold is an easy way to prime your immune system. That is because you can soak u[ Vitamin D from the sunshine, even in Winter.
Scientists at the University of Copenhagen found that the immune system’s killer T cells are activated by Vitamin D and are not effective fighters without it.
But, beware that, even in colder months, the Sun’s rays can still damage our skin. So limit your exposure to no more than 15 to 20 mins daily.
Below are some Natural ways you can boost and bolster your defense Vs colds and the Flu, as follows:
Chill out: Chronic stress can ravage the immune system, concludes a mega-analysis of nearly 300 studies. Learn how to relax through meditation, deep breathing, yoga, a hot bath, soothing teas, or whatever it takes to give you an extended moment of Peace in your life.
Eat Chicken Soup: University of Nebraska researchers found that “Jewish Penicillin” inhibits the migration of white blood cells, which reduces congestion. When made with onion, garlic, celery and carrots, chicken soup also contains a blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and amino acids that support immunity, add shitake mushrooms for a super-boost.
Exercise: According to Harvard Health Publications, exercise promotes good blood circulation, which helps transport the soldiers of your immune army around your body so they can smite invaders.
Sleep well: Try to get 7 to 9 hours of good sleep a night. “A lot of studies show our T cells go down if we are sleep deprived,” Houston-based sleep expert Dr. Diwakar Balachandran says on WebMD.com. “And inflammatory cytokines go up. This could potentially lead to the greater risk of developing a cold or Flu.” If you do get sick, getting a lot of sleep will help you recover faster.
Limit Smoking and Drinking: Smoking and drinking alcohol deal blows to the immune system. Cigarette smoke damages antibodies and antioxidants and also paralyzes the little cilia in your nose that help filter out pathogens. Meanwhile, a couple of drinks may not hurt you. But researchers at Loyola University Health Systems found that too much beer, wine or spirits turns the immune system sluggish.
Eat Yogurt: Any fermented food or high-quality probiotics will work to build up our natural defenses. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says the “live and active cultures” in yogurt help to stimulate the immune system. They can also replace the “good” bacteria in the gut that are lost when taking antibiotics, which, do nothing to fight viral infections such as a cold or Flu.
Order Surf & Turf: Steak and shellfish, including lobster, crabs, oysters, clams and mussels, are loaded with zinc. A study published in Autoimmunity Reviews found that a zinc deficiency has a negative impact on several types of antibodies, particularly T cells.
Drink Green Tea: A potent polyphenol antioxidant in green tea was found to boost levels of a Key antibody, according to researchers from the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University. “This appears to be a natural, plant-derived compound that can affect the number of regulatory T cells, and in the process improve immune function,” a principal investigator said.
Wash your Hands: The simplest way to boost immunity is to wash our hands, because about 80% of all infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. I wash my hands 5 times a day Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring, and have not had a cold or Flu for many years.
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