I don’t know if you noticed but the past two-three weeks many people here on the south coast of England caught this nasty bug that made them really ill. Even these who normally don’t catch anything. It’s been an unusually high number. Many friends and colleagues of mine have been off sick. From the business perspective, when a large number of people is not at work it creates a problem. And of course if you are self employed that is a huge problem. Even if you want to work your body can’t.
I thought this post really helps you to learn what you can do to support your immune system without the use of drugs or pills.
The immune system is a complex network of organs that include the spleen, bone marrow, tonsils, adenoids – the tissue found at the back of your throat – and the lymphatic system.
In order to support your immune system in its battle against infection, there are plenty of dietary and lifestyle changes you can make to help your body fight back.
- Learn to relax
Relaxation is not only pleasurable, but it also boosts your immune system affecting your overall health. Recent studies from the University of Reading show that stressful thoughts can actually lower levels of immune antibodies – a protein that attaches itself to foreign bodies and destroys them. In contrast, patients who recalled happy, non-stressful thoughts showed higher levels of immune antibodies.
The expert’s advice: Take up a stress reducing technique such as meditation. Meditation is a technique used to empty the mind of thoughts, achieved through deep breathing and focusing the mind. Breathing deeply and rhythmically aids the uptake of oxygen and releases tension throughout the whole body. This creates a sense of calm, clears the mind and sharpens general awareness.
2.Get enough sleep:
Sufficient sleep combined with diet and exercise helps prevent infection. Sleep gives our immune organs – tonsils, sinus and lymph glands – the chance to regenerate. While we are asleep our bodies undergo certain important processes – from repair and renewal to energy restoration. Sleep is important for our immune system – the part of the body that is responsible for fighting infection. Some scientists believe that during sleep we secrete higher levels of cortisol – the hormone secreted by the pituitary gland that protects the immune system – than during the day.
The expert’s advice: Although each person needs different amounts of sleep, aim for at least six hours per night. Learning to relax and steering clear of alcohol will help achieve refreshing, deep sleep.
- Give up smoking:
Medical research reveals that smoking can increase the risk of heart and lung disease and also osteoporosis – a disease that weakens bones. More recent studies show that smoking can bring forward the menopause. This is because cigarette chemicals can reduce oestrogen levels in our bodies – the sex hormone needed for ovulation.
Smoking can also increase the risk of infection. Smokers who develop a cold are more likely to suffer from recurrent sore throats which can lead to bronchitis – inflammation of the mucous membrane in the lungs.
The expert’s advice: Apart from giving up smoking, increase your intake of antioxidants – our body’s defences against free radicals – highly-reactive molecules found in pollution that can lead to premature ageing and disease. The best source of antioxidants are vitamin A, C, E and selenium – nutrients found in green and brightly coloured fruit and vegetables. Eating more antioxidants appears to strengthen our immune system by fighting off free radicals.
- Take up regular exercise:
Cycling, swimming or regular walks not only reduces stress, but encourages efficient functioning of the lymphatic system – a network of vessels that picks up toxins and removes them from the body. Unlike circulation which relies on the heart to pump blood around the body, the lymph system is dependent on muscular contraction. Working the muscles prevents the lymphatic system from becoming sluggish and promotes efficient removal of toxins.
The expert’s advice: Choose an exercise programme that will keep you motivated. Avoid the temptation to dive in at the deep end. Instead, slowly build up your fitness level to avoid putting undue strain on your body.
- Brush your skin:
Brushing your skin every day not only boosts the circulation and leaves skin glowing, it’s also said to aid lymphatic drainage – the body’s method of flushing out toxins and dispersing excess fluid. It can also help shift cellulite, by encouraging lymphatic flow in your thighs and buttocks, where fats, proteins and waste materials often collect.
The expert’s advice: Simply buy a natural-fibre body brush – the kind used to scrub your back in the shower – then each morning before you shower and eat your breakfast brush your skin all over. This improves the cosmetic appearance of your skin – one of the immune system’s organs. Brushing your skin helps with skin renewal because it promotes blood flow and nutrients to the skin’s surface. Thanks to blood being pumped around the body, live skin cells lying deep in the skin are pushed up higher to the surface of the skin. This helps to create a fresher, younger appearance because they sit higher up on the skin’s surface.
If you already do these and you’d like to know my personal recommendation what keeps me fit and healthy naturally, please email me.
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