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Do not forget your immune system!

The winter coughs, colds and chest infections have finally hit us and with a bang from what I am hearing. So now is the time to take serious steps to look after your immune
system.

What can you do?

Eat well, including good nutritious food in your diet. Good root vegetables and soups and stews. Do not underestimate the benefit of good nutritious food.

Be active. Include some form of exercise in your daily life such as a short walk or swim.

Garlic has been shown to have antibiotic action. It contains more than 200 compounds including allicin and sulphur, a strong free radical scavenger with antioxidant properties. Garlic is best eaten raw if possible but odourless capsules will do if not. Parsley is
wonderful at getting rid of the smell of garlic off the breath.

According to research a good laugh triggers the release of antibodies into the blood stream and increases the number of white blood cells (involved in fighting infection) both of which boosts your immune system.

Vitamin C found in oranges, kiwi, blackcurrants, green leafy vegetables and red peppers to name a few are helpful in boosting your immune defenses.

I know I am saying it again but never underestimate the power of good social contact. Stay in touch with friends as much as possible. Hugs and kisses can increase your physical and mental well-being. Studies have shown that positive feelings can boost your sense of well-being.

Lets not forget Echinacea. A wonderful herb that deserves its current position of interest. The active ingredients are found mainly in the root and help to encourage the production of certain white blood cells, which go to areas of infection in the body.

Cat’s claw is an alternative to Echinacea. It comes from the Peruvian rain forest and is considered to have antioxidant and immune boosting properties.

GET YOUR SLEEP

How is your body to recuperate if you do not give it time to repair in sleep? Listen to your biological clock. Some people do not need as much sleep as others but everyone needs time to relax and recover from the business of the day. If you keep burning the candle at both ends your health will eventually suffer.

Finally probiotic supplements have been shown to reduce the likelihood of cold symptoms. They encourage the growth of your natural, so call ‘friendly’ bacteria in the gut, which helps to keep disease-causing organisms at bay.

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