Why is it that some people get sick and others don’t? Why do some people get the cold and flu each year despite the fact they get all the right shots and vaccinations?
What can we do to stay out of the doctor’s office each year?
How To Stay Healthy
As flu season is upon us, I decided to consult the experts at WebMD. What are the characteristics of people who get sick less often? What can you do to stay healthy?
- Keep your stress at lower levels so it does not weaken your immune system.
- Enjoy sex on a regular basis because it produces immunoglobulin, a protein that wards off colds.
- Get a pet so you’ll exercise regularly. Pets contribute to lower blood pressure, a healthier heart and less depression.
- Keep in touch with your friends because people with good social networks live longer than those without.
- Smile and keep a good attitude, because this makes your immune system stronger.
- Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables in a rainbow of colors. Green peppers, oranges and broccoli all contain antioxidants which protect your cells from free radicals that can damage your cells.
- Take a multi-vitamin for immune system health.
- Avoid foods that have empty calories like fast foods and snack foods. Unfortunately, candy and pop don’t have any of the vitamins and nutrients you need.
- Consider taking supplements that are high in garlic, ginseng, milk and probiotics.
- Exercise for at least half an hour a day to not only build your immune system but reduce your risk of osteoporosis and heart disease.
- Get 7 – 9 hours of sleep a night and avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
- Stop smoking because it makes you more susceptible to cancer and lung disease. In addition to reducing your immune system.
- Wash your hands with soap and water to wash away the germs other people carry.
Staying healthy is a matter of keeping your immune system strong!