Your immune system acts like a
bio-security force. It deters uninvited guests such as germs and disease, and
neutralizes intruders who've snuck in through a cut or orifice. That is, as long
as its working. A depressed or compromised immune system acts more like the
Keystone Kops, stumbling and bumbling while your body's enemies wreak havoc on
your cells and organs.
Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome
Boost Your Immunity
To maintain a strong immune system, first and foremost you need to lead a happy
and balanced life. Illness and disease hate joy and contentment. But they adore
depression and rage. Stress seems particularly fertile ground for their bio
weeds and toxins. Find ways to make your life happier and more relaxed, or ill
health will find you.
More enlightening information on the Immune System
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Next, watch what you
eat. Fruits like blueberries and strawberries and leafy green vegetables kick
the immune system into high gear, as do spices like hot peppers, and vitamin
supplements such as zinc. But caffeine, excessive alcohol intake, and fatty
foods give it a kick in the figurative stomach.
Don't rely too much on supplements. It's a good idea to take vitamins and other
supplements that boost immunity, as long as you follow the directions. But a
pill or herb is no substitute for a healthy diet, and may even deceive you into
thinking your immune system is stronger than it is.
Also, make sure you exercise regularly. Moderate exercise keeps the immune
system in shape the same way it tones and strengthens your muscles. Just be wary
of overexertion, which can lead to a temporary drop in immunity. Refuel with a
banana or sports drink if you feel a little weak after a heavy workout.
Lastly, get to bed on time. Sleep deprivation not only weakens the immune system
in its own right, but it also tends to dampen your mood, which in turn further
weakens your immune system.
Eat right, exercise, don't mope, and get to bed on time. Sounds like your mother
talking. But actually, it's your immune system asking for your help.
This layperson's guide tells how to combat the
threats of diets loaded with processed foods, polluted environments, and stressful life
styles with immunity-building foods, herbs, spices, and life style and environmental
changes. From the common cold to arthritis, Double the Power of Your Immune System gives
specific advice on overcoming a host of ills through enhanced immune power.
A strong immune system will help you fight off
most illnesses. In this informative book, you'll discover how to virtually ensure vibrant
health. Learn about Super Foods that help you resist everything from colds to cancer. Test
your immune system to determine your ideal nutritional regimen. Find out how you encourage
illness and depression without realizing it. Get in shape with moderate exercise that
reverses aging. Meld mind and body with a unique blend of positive affirmations and
meditative relaxation. Boost Your Immune System Now! includes special interactive workbook
sections for you to measure your immunity level and to select the best nutritional program
for your needs. Menus and recipes are also included that boost your "doctor
From Booklist, 1997
That stress affects the immune system is old news. So is the association between vitamin E
and lowered incidence of cancer. Now the relationship between zinc and colds has hit the
headlines. Marshaling a wealth of research and presenting it in a popularly written
fashion, the authors trot out the pros and cons about each of those subjects and present a
wealth of other information to help readers improve health and fight illness. Among the
most interesting chapters are those that link immune functioning with stress and
interpersonal relationships, the upshot being that activities such as building supportive
relationships, laughing, and even surfing the Net can have beneficial physiological
effects. There's also a separate chapter concerning immune boosters and HIV/AIDS. A
well-reasoned, enlightening book that focuses on the practical without forgetting the
Stephanie Zvirin Copyright© 1997, American Library Association. All rights
Offers suggestions for altering nutrition and lifestyle in order to boost one's immune
system, with suggestions that can be tailored to fit one's individual needs, covering such
subjects as antioxidants, herbs, stress management, and eliminating toxins.
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