Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Strengthen Your Defenses Naturally With Just This 10 Ways

1. Eat a fresh wholefood diet which includes at least five portions of washed fruit and vegetables a day. These contains antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which protect the body against disease. Choose organic produce to avoid the antibiotic and pesticide residue in food.

2. Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and sugary, fried or fatty food – they have been shown to depress immune system activity and reduce levels of vital vitamins and minerals. Instead of coffee, drink green tea. It’s rich in the antioxidants and catechins which can prevent bacterial and viral infection.

3. Eat a wide variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need, eating little and often for the maximum absorption.

4. Add herbs and spices to foods to build immunity. For example, garlic is a natural antibiotic, cinnamon helps dispel colds and flu, ginger prevents stomach upsets, basil in antibacterial and antiparasitic, and oregano is antibacterial and antifungal.

5. Exercise for at least 30 minutes, 2 to 3 times a week. Moderate exercise has been shown to increase the levels of the body’s natural defender cells. Avoid excessive exercise which reduces immune activity.

6. Stress depletes levels of protective vitamins and makes you more susceptible to an infection. Relaxation techniques, acupuncture, regular massage or a relaxing hobby can seriously reduce stress levels.

7. Take a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement every day, especially if you are prone to recurrent infections. The average diet is unlikely to provide the quantity and variety of nutrients needed for healthy immune function.

8. Make sure that you sleep well. Having too little sleep inhibits the body’s restorative and repair mechanism and reduces your immunity to infection.

9. Lose weight. Being severely overweight reduces your production of antibodies and white blood cells, which fight off bacterial infection.

10. Remember that even healthy people fall ill occasionally. At the first sign of viral or bacterial infection, take one of the natural remedies listed below. They have been shown in practice and in clinical trials to help the immune system overcome infection without side effects.

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