8 steps to boost your immune system.
Step 1: Eat Real Food
Now if you’ve been a regular reader on my site here you’ll know what I mean by ‘real’ food. But for those of you who don’t let me explain. Real food is the food that is most natural, found in nature with the least amount of processing involved before it reaches your table.
This is the food that is provided by our Maker to keep us healthy and alive without debilitating diseases. Foods like apples, carrots, raw nuts, and seeds. Foods that haven’t been loaded with hormones, pesticides, and other unnatural chemicals. These are the foods you can grow (or raise) in your own backyard in an organic garden or by raising your own chickens for example.
The other foods that many Americans consume on a daily basis are what I like to call ‘fake’ foods. These are the foods you’ll find on shelf after shelf, aisle after aisle at the grocery store. Foods that have been highly processed, modified, and transformed from their original state that they hardly resemble the original food at all.
Think Doritos, soda, fruit snacks, microwave meals, etc.
Step 2: Exercise
Duh, of course I had to sneak this in… and just 17 minutes, burst training only 5 times a week— Four exercises, repeated 4 times done in :30 seconds and then rest (modified by your fitness level) for :20 seconds. Get in the habit!!
Although when you think of preventing a cold you don’t necessarily think ‘I’d better exercise if I don’t want to get sick,’ this is one of the best ways to improve your overall health and stay healthy during cold and flu season.
According to researcher Michael Flynn who studies the impact of exercise on the immune system at Purdue University, thirty minutes of exercise, three or four times a week, is the best way to boost your immune system. Any more will actually begin to have the reverse effect.
Flynn explained that one study found running ten miles a week boosted the immune system but up that to twenty miles a week and you increase the risk for infections.
Step 3: Get Plenty of Sleep
Now this old wives tale still holds true today. When you’re sick you need to get plenty of rest, but you can’t really ‘catch up’ on sleep or makeup for weeks or months of too little sleep.
Getting enough sleep on a regular basis is key to maintaining good health. Studies show that lack of sleep is associated with health problems and the inability to lose weight. According to the Harvard Women’s Health Watch one adverse effect of not getting enough sleep is a compromised immune system!!
Step 4: Enjoy Life!
There’s nothing like stress to bring on all sorts of physical ailments including colds and flu’s. According to Laurel Mellin, associate professor at the University of California in San Francisco, 80% of health problems are stress induced.
Mellin has developed a new approach for dealing with stress. It involves using the tools already in place in your brain to move through stress and quickly get to feeling peaceful and balanced.
One of the best ways to beat stress is to create FLOW in your life by close the GAPS on the essential areas that are important to you. Remember the saying ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’? Well no play will make Jack a miserable and dull boy. Take time to enjoy life and build joy everyday. Whether it’s taking time to listen to your favorite music, or going to the movies or theater, or playing sports with your family or friends, it’s vital to include fun in your day – especially when it’s the last thing you feel like doing.
Step 5: Get Plenty of Vitamin D
More and more is being revealed lately about the vast health benefits of vitamin D. Previously known to impact bone health, vitamin D deficiency is now implicated in many health issues.
According to long time vitamin D researcher, Dr. Michael Holick, vitamin D is best obtained through safe sun exposure. That’s right, he advises you to get sun – but safely. In his book entitled The Vitamin D Solution, Holick says that a lack of vitamin D (that many Westerners are unknowingly suffering from) can wreak havoc on the body, including the immune system.
To beat a cold or flu make sure you get plenty of safe sun exposure on a regular basis. If you live somewhere that only gets sun seasonally it’s a good idea to take a vitamin D supplement until your levels are adequate enough to take you through these sunless seasons.
Step 6: Take a Whole Food Supplement
Taking an BIO-AVAILABLE supplement is a great step towards protecting your health. But not all supplements are good for you. It’s vital that you choose a whole food supplements or multi-vitamin not a synthetic one. Whole food supplements are as close to the real source of the vitamins, minerals and amino acids that you can get. Your body will be better able to recognize it, digest it, and absorb the nutrients in it. Be sure the supps you choose has the ISO certification on it. This ensures that you are getting a high-quality vitamin. My one & done that I have been using for YEARS is powered by organic Moringa! The authorities documents blew my mind and my blood work and body have never been better! I have been using it and replaced 21 vitamins I was taking each day!
Step 7: Drink More Water
Of all of the tips, drinking water seems in theory to be the easiest, yet it is the #1 thing my clients lack at the beginning. To help, I have recommend making water taste better by adding bursts of fruits & mints to it, which in turn also help the body detox. You can find six water detoxes in my FREE 2 day “Flush The Flab Detox.” (check it out if you want to kick start your weight loss and crush your sugar & carb cravings)
Step 8: Avoid Sugar
Sugar is one of the worst things to consume, especially if you’re trying to stay healthy – and who isn’t? Sugars weaken the immune system and help bacteria to grow. Avoiding sugars is key to staying healthy, particularly when you’re under stress or in the middle of cold and flu season.
There are great, all natural sweeteners on the market so you don’t have to go without. Try stevia or raw honey in moderation. And avoid artificial sweeteners–those are “chemical based fake foods.” Be sure to check labels of the foods you’re eating and avoid sugars here too.
No one wants to come down with a cold or the flu anytime. When you take the above seven steps to stay healthy you’ll not only beat colds and flu’s, you’ll be protecting your body from other more serious chronic diseases that could really compromise your health down the road.