If you want to flu-proof yourself this winter season, consider these suggestions for fortifying your immune system:
– Avoid refined sugar. It practically paralyzes your immune system.
– Get adequate sleep. All of your repair processes are at work while you are sleeping.
– Identify and eliminate food intolerances and sensitivities. They distract your immune system from the real job of defending against bacteria, viruses and other pathogenic organisms.
– Increase your consumption of probiotic foods (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi etc). Probiotics prime your immune system so that it works better.
– If you like mushrooms, eat them during the winter. The complex carbohydrates found in mushrooms prime your immune system like probiotics.
– Vitamin D is essential for good immune health and we can’t make our own in Canada between October and April. Check with your doctor before supplementing with vitamin D to ensure that it is safe for you.
– Vitamin C is essential to the immune system and is plentiful in tomatoes, peppers and citrus fruits.
– Vitamin A is essential to the immune system and is plentiful in orange vegetables such as carrots, squash and yams.
– Zinc is essential to the immune system and is plentiful in seafood and red meat.
– Wash your hands frequently but not with anti-bacterial soap – which strips your body of its own natural microflora and have been found to contain hormone disrupting chemicals.
– All other smart lifestyle choices apply as well: learn how to cope with stress better, remove yourself from intolerable stress, exercise, and laugh.
– If you take a fish oil supplement, you may want to discontinue at any sign of infection. Fish oils can slow down your immune system from clearing bacteria or viruses.
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