The flu season is coming up, so what can you do to avoid pesky cold and flu’s and how can we boost the immune system easily? Here’s our list of top preventative measures.
1. The top preventative measure? Reduce stress! Chronic stress can desensitize the immune system. After a while your body will get used to high levels of stress and the disease fighting mechanisms will succumb to this. Work, relationship or any other kind of pressure can add to this.
Relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, and even Yoga can greatly reduce stress. I highly recommend investing in a unique Yoga dvd for stress. The best by far I’ve seen is “Yoga for stress relief” by Barbara Benagh. Trust me guys, Yoga really works wonders for stress and balancing your chakra’s.
Even cognitive therapy can work, the trick is to find what works for YOU. Relieving yourself of stress will help you live longer, happier, healthier and keep you disease free.
2. Exercise. Moderate, regular exercise has been shown to quickly boost the immune system over time. Try to aim for 2-4 times a week of moderate exercise. This includes at least 20 minutes fast-paced walking, bicycling or using a machine such as treadmill, cross-trainer(recommended), etc. Weight-lifting is also very important for building the immune system and making it stronger. Try to aim for 20 minutes, 3 times a week.
3. Eating well. Junk food is not necessarily great for the immune system. Try to reduce intake in this department. But for really increasing your immune system, try eating tons of fruits and vegetables. Anything organic in this department will work even better. Nuts, berries, fish, milk, yogurt, a nutritious breakfast-All these are important cold & flu fighting foods because they are packed with vitamins and antioxidants.
Blueberries with breakfast is a great choice since it’s packed with b-vitamins. A glass of O. J. in the morning works also. As a rule of thumb, look for foods containing zine, folic acid and vitamins A, C, E and B-6.
Reducing fat consumption is also great for the immune system. It is believed that high-fat diets suppress your body’s natural disease fighting mechanisms and increase infection rates. Although certain “healthy fats” can boost the immune system. Fats from fish (omega 3) and nuts for example.
4. Vitamin C intake- This has been widely known for for some time now as an effective means for maintaining immune health. Vitamin C is most effective as a preventative measure. Regular intake of both natural vitamin C and tablet form protects your body from harmful free radicals. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant. I can’t stress enough on this blog how important vitamin C is. That’s why we rated is as one of the “Top 10 supplements every man must have”.
5. Green Tea! Another supplement/tea we highly advocate on this blog. This powerful antioxidant tea contains nutrients that boost the immune system and even help with skin regeneration.
The alkylamines found in Green Tea are similar chemicals found in common bacteria. By consumption of these alkylamines, this in turn triggers an immune system alert that will prime the immune system in response to infection or disease.
Green tea is great for so many things, great skin, enhanced immune system and so much more!
6. Increased water consumption. Drinking 8-10 glasses of water each day will help balance internal organs and increase skin hydration. It also ensures that your body runs properly, proper elimination of stool and allows your body to run more efficiently. This is a simple technique to decrease stress that far too many men overlook. Dehydration is often blamed for immune deficiencies, so start increasing water intake today!
Source by Joey Capone