10 Ways to Boost Your Immunity
Learn how to relax - Stress increases your body's production of cortisol and adrenaline, hormones that lower immune response. Relaxation techniques -- from aerobic exercise and progressive muscle relaxation to meditation, prayer and chanting -- help block release of stress hormones and increase immune function.
Get a full night's sleep Â? sleep helps to balance hormone levels. Also only when it's really dark does your body produce melatonin, a hormone that helps prevent certain diseases
Drink plenty of water Â? dehydration lowers resistance
Stop drinking coffee - Caffeine robs your body of minerals and vitamins, and it dehydrates you
Spend some time out in the cold. Â? Exercise releases endorphins, also time spent outdoors in the cold stimulates the thyroid gland, boosts several aspects of your body's self-defense system.
Nurture yourself Â? our bodies respond to emotions, create a harmonious space for yourself, to connect nurture yourself, give thanks. a diet rich in antioxidants to supporting your immune system
Laughter - While painful emotions like anger and grief can impair health, laughter increases infection-fighting antibodies and boosts natural killer-cell Laughter also increases circulation, stimulates digestion, lowers blood pressure and reduces muscle tension.
Eat right Choose fats carefully (omega-3s are good), get enough protein, eat your fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of fluids. For an additional immune boost, try adding garlic (shown to possess virus-fighting and bacteria-killing properties) and ginger (a natural anti-inflammatory) to your meals on a regular basis.
Use your brain - Marian Diamond, Ph.D., found that playing bridge stimulated women's immune systems. Her research is the first to show a connection between the immune system and the part of the brain that handles planning, memory, initiative, judgment and abstract thinking.
Drink your lemons - As well as detoxing lemons are a great source of vitamin C which is great for colds. The vitamin C in lemons reduces levels of histamine, the chemical that contributes to stuffed noses and runny eyes. This powerful antioxidant also reduces levels of unstable cell damaging molecules known as free radicals, and helps guard against heart disease, plus lots more benefits.
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