It’s Cold & Flu season so here are the 10 Worst Things for Your Immune System in hopes that you would do your best to avoid the bugs and stay healthy this winter. 🙂
1. Processed foods
An overburdened digestive system steals energy from your immune system, leaving the immune system operating on “less cylinders.” To unburden your digestive system, eat as few processed foods as possible. This will restore power to your immune system.
2. Insufficient sleep
Sleep is a time for the body to recharge. A study from the University of Chicago showed that men who slept 4 hours a night after one week had half the number of serum flu-fighting antibodies as did men who slept 7.5 – 8.5 hours.
Though some people seem to be born either pessimistic or optimistic, make efforts to think like an optimist. A UCLA study showed that optimistic law students at the beginning of their first semester had more immune system cells by mid-semester, than did students who were pessimistic.
Though it seems obvious that optimists take better care of themselves, the researchers have not ruled out a physiological basis for this disparity.
4. Locking in emotions
Keeping emotions bottled up can suppress the action of the immune system’s killer T cells. On the other hand, unleashing emotions with a nasty fury has been shown to result in fewer killer T cells.
So while it’s bad to sit and stew, it’s also bad to throw temper tantrums. Find a happy medium…
Use your transformation journal!
5. Losing out to stress
Mismanagement of stress suppresses your immune response, including making killer T cells sluggish, plus lowering their quantity. Though certain stressful situations cannot be avoided, figure out which ones can, then avoid them.
For example, leave for work 10 minutes earlier so that slow-movement in bottleneck traffic isn’t as unnerving.
6. Use Your Own Pen
(Use sanitising gel after chip& pin)
Avoid touching community-handled objects such as pens at the grocery store, bank, doctor’s office, etc. Communal pens are loaded with germs. Have your own pen on you at all times. The handle of a shopping cart is also very germy; rather than push here, pull it at the other end; fewer hands have been there. Yes, you will get a few funny looks! When it’s colder wear trendy gloves!
7. Insufficient exercise Doh!
You know I had to mention it. ;-b
Rigorous bouts of exercise toughen up the immune system. If you’re a local reader who wants to try us out, contact me for a 7 day FREE trial. If you’re not in the CHELTENHAM area, follow my blogs http://www.jaxallenfitness.com
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While we’re talking exercise consider using washable training gloves and yoga socks or your own exercise mat! Just watch the cleaning regime in your gym – handles, seats, mats should be sprayed and wiped down or better still steam cleaned – but I know it doesn’t happen!
Ps I have a cleaning contract for my studio exercise mats. Plus anti bacterial spray for kit. Even a supply of washable gloves !
8. Exposure to secondhand smoke
Forbid people to light up in your car or house. Avoid being near smokers outside. Secondhand smoke is truly a health hazard and can cripple your immune system, killing around 3,000 nonsmokers a year with lung cancer, and resulting in 300,000 childhood cases a year of lower respiratory-tract infections.
9. Misuse of antibiotics
Some people who take antibiotics have diminished levels of cytokines, which are important components of your immune system. When you are prescribed antibiotics, use them immediately and finish the entire prescription. Don’t ask for antibiotics, if you need them ur GP will suggest them and then complete the course. Also, while you should always take a probiotic, you may want to double up when you’re taking antibiotics.
10. Being a gateway to pathogens
Many people get sick simply because they put a finger to their eye, nose, mouth or ear–portals through which microscopic villains enter the body. Resolve not to touch these portals while in public. Pick your nose at home. LOL!
If an eye or your nose itches, then place a tissue or napkin between your finger and skin to scratch the area. Be aware of how often your fingers are at your mouth as you read something in public like a restaurant menu (another very germy communal object).
Although it will be challenging to make these adjustments, keep at it, and over time, they’ll become second nature.