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5 Quick Immune Boosters 01/19/11

Pieter Cloete shares 5 quick steps that you can take to give your immune system a helping hand.

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According to Wikipedia, “An immune system is a system of biological structures and processes within an organism that protects against disease by identifying and killing pathogens and tumor cells.” But, how does one boost this essential system in addition to the many other parts of modern life that need taking care of?

Most of our food shopping, if not all, is purchased in supermarkets where we are at the mercy of the food industry. The practices modern farming employ, for storing, processing and cooking foods and the formulations used for convenience packaged and canned food are often to blame for foodstuffs which are both deficient in, and produce out-of-balance nutrients, which can be contaminated with additives and toxins which further compromise our immune system.

According to Dr. Henry Davis ((BsC Hons MBchB (TUKS)) “taking supplements has become a crucial part our daily routine, and products nowadays don’t have enough nutrients to sustain our fast paced lifestyle.”

So where does this leave us?

Here are 5 quick steps to get you immune system back on track – naturally!

  • Drink more tea
    A study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals how substances found in tea may help prime the body’s immune system to fight off infection. On 21 April 2003 the Brigham and Women’s Hospital released details of a research project which indicated that theanine may help the body’s immune system response when fighting infection, by boosting the disease-fighting capacity of gamma delta T cells. The study included a four-week trial with 11 coffee drinkers and 10 tea drinkers, who consumed 600ml of coffee or black tea daily. Blood sample analysis found that the production of anti-bacterial proteins was up to five times higher in the tea-drinkers, an indicator of a stronger immune response.
  • Get Active! Have a regular exercise regimen.
    Exercise makes our body stronger, increase circulation of blood and nutrients, and helps flush the body of toxins. And sport nutritionists believe that as little as 30 min of exercise per day drastically improves your health (and immune system).
  • Magical Magnesium
    Magnesium is one of the essential minerals that our body uses daily in over 300 bio-chemical exchanges on a molecular level. Magnesium is a necessary component for hormone exchange and transmittal; it is also responsible for proper utilisation of potassium and calcium by our system. Magnesium immune system deficiency causes a large number of conditions and very often it’s overlooked as a cause. Look out for natural products/supplements that contain Magnesium oxide, Magnesium chloride and L-Carnitine to assist in strengthening your immune system.
  • Fruit
    Eating healthy is one thing, but eating the right fruit specific to boosting your immune system is another. Fruits such as kiwi, grapefruit, oranges and (believe it or not) lemons are high in Vitamin C. Make sure you put them on your shopping list!
  • LOL – yes, that’s right.. LAUGHING!
    Dr. Lee Berk and fellow researcher Dr. Stanley Tan of Loma Linda University in California have been studying the effects of laughter on the immune system. To date their published studies have shown that laughing lowers blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, increases muscle flexion, and boosts immune function by raising levels of infection-fighting T-cells, disease-fighting proteins called Gamma-interferon and B-cells, which produce disease-destroying antibodies. Laughter also triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, and produces a general sense of well-being.

Enjoy and remember.. you only live once. Make it count!

Pieter Cloete is the marketing manager at Go Life.

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