I heard on the news this morning that another person has died as a result of complications from the H1N1 (swine) flu. It seems that we’ve (as a nation) sufficiently recovered from the initial panic of the flu, although new cases continue to crop up.
With the spat of recent pandemic scares (remember SARS? Avian flu?), concerns about our personal immunity seem to be near the top of people’s minds these days. Although, the news reports I’ve seen tend to focus on preventing the flu from spreading (which is good) rather than how to bolster your personal immunity (which protects you at a whole different level).
So, what should you be doing to increase your immune function? Here are 5 things to do to keep your body fighting off those germs:
- Make time to get enough sleep. Our lives and lists these days don’t seem to allow for enough sleep – but sleep is important to the proper functioning of your immune system.
- Manage your stress level. Stress lowers your body’s ability to fight off colds, infections and flus. Stress Relief Complex is a simple way to start.
- Cut out the refined sugar snacks & sodas. “Just eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of one 12-ounce can of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours.” (Dr. Sears, Habits that Weaken the Immune System)
- Supplement wisely and consistently. Making sure your body gets more than enough of the right nutrients will help it deal more efficiently with the germs which attack. A simple plan is Shaklee’s Vitalizer and NutriFeron.
- Wash your hands. A vast majority of the germs we fight are killed with simple soap and water. Sing the alphabet to yourself while you scrub with soap before you rinse to kill the most germs. Shaklee’s Hand Wash Concentrate is a soap-free cleanser which will not dry out your skin, and does not contain any potentially harmful anti-bacterials.