Liv­ing for Im­mu­nity

Amazing Wellness - - HERBAL HEALING -

Diet, weight, sleep, and stress all af­fect im­mune re­sponse. Give your sys­tem the up­per hand, with these strate­gies for dis­ease-free liv­ing.

MIN­I­MIZE MEAT.

In­stead, fo­cus on fruits, vegeta­bles, nuts, seeds and legumes; they’re rich in an­tiox­i­dants, healthy fats, and fiber to sup­port im­mune health.

SLIM DOWN.

Some stud­ies sug­gest ex­cess body fat trig­gers in­flam­ma­tion and up­sets the im­mune sys­tem. Ad­di­tion­ally, obe­sity in­creases the risk of com­pli­ca­tions and death from in­fluenza in­fec­tion.

SOBER UP.

Al­co­hol dis­rupts the im­mune sys­tem and im­pairs the body’s abil­ity to pre­vent in­fec­tion. Drink in mod­er­a­tion, and stick to red wine; it’s high in resver­a­trol, which sup­ports im­mu­nity.

SWAP COF­FEE FOR TEA.

Tea is rich in L-thea­nine, which in­creases the body’s lev­els of virus-fight­ing com­pounds, and green tea also con­tains epi­gal­lo­cat­e­chin (EGCG), a pow­er­ful im­mune booster.

GRAB YOUR MAT.

Yoga en­hances im­mu­nity by low­er­ing stress, re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion, and up­ping the body’s lev­els of cy­tokines, chem­i­cals that reg­u­late im­mune re­sponse.

SPICE UP YOUR MEALS.

Gar­lic is rich in com­pounds that in­crease im­mune-sys­tem ac­tiv­ity, gin­ger is a po­tent an­timi­cro­bial, and cap­saicin, the spicy com­po­nent in cayenne pep­per, pro­tects against viruses.

KICK SUGAR.

It de­creases the abil­ity of white blood cells to en­gulf bac­te­ria, and ham­pers im­mune re­sponse. If you crave sweets, stick to raw, un­fil­tered honey or Manuka honey—both in­hibit the flu virus.

SLEEP BET­TER.

Peace­ful slum­ber is crit­i­cal for a strong im­mune sys­tem, and chronic sleep de­pri­va­tion can in­crease your sus­cep­ti­bil­ity to pathogens.

CHILL OUT.

Chronic stress dys­reg­u­lates im­mune re­sponses by al­ter­ing cy­tokines, in­creas­ing in­flam­ma­tion, and sup­press­ing im­muno­pro­tec­tive cells. Over time, on­go­ing stress can con­trib­ute to can­cer and other dis­eases.

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