“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
- Eat a diet full of an array of colorful nutrient dense vegetables and fresh fruits. Smoothies made with protein powder and frozen berries, such as blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries will provide much needed antioxidants Eat salads with fresh greens and lots of raw vegetables dressed with apple cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar and first cold pressed extra virgin olive oil. Many deaths in developing nations are not solely caused by infections themselves but by the bodies inability to fight them due to nutritional deficiencies.
- Consume adequate amounts of protein. Good sources are grass fed beef, wild caught fish, organic free-range chicken and wild game. Protein is critical for the immune function and fighting infections.
- Limit sugar and processed carbohydrates. Sugar suppresses your immune system for hours after ingesting. Carbohydrates break down into sugar.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol can create an imbalance in blood sugar regulation. It can also lower your immune response. Alcohol creates high levels of inflammation that can affect the endothelial lining of the blood vessels. This will increase the likelihood of heart disease and stroke.
- Stay hydrated and drink water. Water is essential for mobilizing our immune system. It helps our lymphatic system eliminate waste and toxins. This lowers the burden on our immune system. Stay away from fruit juices, sweetened beverages, and energy drinks.
- Get adequate sleep. Sleep allows our body to have much needed rest to heal and repair. Inadequate sleep will quickly decrease your immune system and leave you vulnerable to colds and viruses.
- Get regular exercise. Heating your cells increases mitochondrial function which are the engines that run your cells. Studies show that regular exercise significantly reduces the risk of colds and flu and reduces severity and length of time. Exercise increases the circulation of the immune cells in your blood which increases efficiency in locating and defending against viruses and other pathogens.
- Practice stress relieving techniques. Increased stress inhibits immune function. Chronic stress exhibits a negative influence on your internal environment that can directly affect immune function. Increased stress hormones released into your system lowers immunity. Yoga, meditation, and prayer are all useful in relieving stress.