As fall is deepening and more of us are spending
more time indoors at school, work, etc, viruses and
bacteria have more of a chance to spread from one
person to another. While contagion can more easily
pass from one person to another , the best defense
for the immune system in this case is a good offense
in having a rocking immune system! Here are some
simple things you can do to get ready for winter this
1. Wash your hands! More germs are
spread from hands than any other part of the body.
Plain old soap and water will do. That is actually
more effective. While hand cleaning lotions are OK
in a pinch, they may also exacerbate the problem
because they contain antibacterials which can
promote the growth of resistant strains , or
2. Take probiotics on a regular basis.
Having the proper gut flora helps to mediate a
complex reaction which in turn supports a strong
3. Regularly take herbs
Astragalus and Reishi mushrooms. These will help
to build and strengthen your immune system over the
long haul. These herbs may not be so effective in the
short term if you catch a cold or flu.
4. Vitamin C
taken regularly also helps to strengthen the immune
5. Get plenty of good deep sleep.
During sleep is when your body repairs and
regenerates cells and detoxifies. If you are unable to
get adequate rest such as if you are a new parent or
any other reason , then it is imperative that you use
nutrition supplements and herbs to give your immune
system that extra boost. And if you are having a
sleep disorder, please have it treated.
and eliminate a much as possible any negative
stresses in your life. Stress can deplete your immune
system. Some stresses are more easily eliminated
than others, but the main thing is to have a game
plan for reducing stress.
Being proactive is a great way to feel
more in control of stress. While this may
seem simplistic, I think everyone can get the idea that
with some long term planning one can change many
things in life for the better.
7. A good immune
system also is interrelated to your mental outlook.
Research has shown that depressed people get ill
8. Last but not least, eat a balanced
organic diet, avoid sugar, tobacco, alcohol and
caffeine and get adequate exercise. Have a great
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