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Health tip for week Dec 6th

  • Tips to fight and prevent a cold

Everybody wants to be healthy for the holidays.  And yet, each year Americans catch more than one billion colds, making the cold virus the most common infectious disease in the United States.

People think that colds are caused by bacteria. Colds are actually triggered by a virus, which means if your physician prescribes you an antibiotic, it will be absolutely useless.  So how to we prevent from catching it and what treatment strategies to use?

  1. Make sure your immune system is at peak.  The cold viruses can live on pens, computer keyboards, coffee mugs and other objects for hours, so it’s easy to come into contact with such viruses during daily life.  You will catch a cold when your immune system is impaired.
  2. Get enough sleep. This will help keep your immune system at peak so you can fight off the cold.
  3. Drinking plenty of fresh, pure water. Water is essential for the optimal function of every system in your body and will help with nose stuffiness and loosening secretions. You should drink enough water so that your urine is a light, pale yellow.
  4. Maintain your Vitamin D level in the optimal range. Research has confirmed that “catching” colds and flu may actually be a symptom of an underlying vitamin D deficiency. Less than optimal vitamin D levels will significantly impair your immune response and make you far more susceptible to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections. So if you are not getting enough sun, then take Vitamin D3 to supplement it daily.
  5. Exercise regular.  This is self-explanatory.
  6. Wash your hands frequently. So obsessive-compulsive washing can actually increase your risk of getting sick by providing an entryway for potentially dangerous pathogens. So mild to moderate washing is wise, but excessive washing, especially with harsh soaps, will actually be highly counterproductive.
  7. Eat healthy.  Tweaking your diet in favor of foods that will strengthen your immune response. Good choices include:

o   Raw, grass-fed organic milk, and/or high-quality whey protein

o   Fermented foods such as raw kefir, kimchee, miso, pickles, sauerkraut, etc, which are rich in probiotics, or good bacteria. Scientific research shows that 80 percent of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract, so eating probiotic-rich foods, or taking a high-quality probiotic, will help support your immune system health.

o   Raw, organic eggs from free-ranging, preferably local, chickens

o   Grass-fed beef

o   Coconuts and coconut oil

o   Animal-based omega-3 fats, such as krill oil

o   Locally grown fruits and vegetables

o   Mushrooms, especially Reishi, Shiitake, and Maitake, which contain beta glucans (which have immune-enhancing properties)

o   Garlic, a potent antimicrobial that kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. Ideally this should be in fresh form, eaten raw and crushed with a spoon just before eating.

o   Herbs and spices with high ORAC scores: Turmeric, oregano, cinnamon, cloves (for more on ORAC, visit www.oracvalues.com)

 

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December 5, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

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