How is that winter after winter, some people never seem to get sick? Check out of some of these science-approved tips:
1. No Stress
According to Duke University research, stress is very damaging to the immune system and heart as well as increases your chances of contracting bacterial infections like tuberculosis. It is important to learn relaxation techniques early on in life, so that you keep healthy and longer. A Stress in America survey given back in 2009 by the American Psychological Association, found that stress is a huge struggle for kids in the 9th-12th grade, and that the amount these children battle with is detrimental to their long-term health. Try to work out, meditate and get enough sleep to help fight back against your stress triggers.
If you are unfamiliar with what this is, brewer’s yeast is made from a one-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae and is used to make beer. One tablespoon of this powerful stuff packs a daily dosage of B vitamins including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid and biotin. Just a sprinkled tablespoon of the brewer’s yeast over popcorn, cereal, soup, etc. can make a huge difference on your immune system and overall health.
3. Make Friends A Priority
Research suggests that people with strong friendships have healthier, robust immune systems. A 2008 Harvard University study states that positive social attachments protect your brain against memory loss as well as many other cognitive disorders developed with age. A 1993 Swedish study of male blue-collar workers found that those with a strong social support system had decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, versus a 2009 study done in Buffalo, NY that found that those with few friends had increased risk of cardiovascular disease. So start working on your relationships. Learn how to communicate and listen. Try to be cognizant of how others perceive you and stay open minded about whom you share your time with.
4. Stay pH Balanced
Alternative medicine doctors preach that the body is healthiest when it is pH balanced (midway between completely acidic and completely alkaline). When the pH levels fall outside of this, whether it be too high or too low, acidosis onsets. Most people suffer from this and don’t even realize it. The typical American diet doesn’t help with this much, as it tends to be an overdose of meat and sugar. Fight back with more vegetables, especially dark leafy greens as well as beans, asparagus and carrots. Fruits such as cucumbers, avocados and coconuts are great acidosis inhibitors as well.
5. Eat Garlic
Garlic is a powerful antioxidant and antibiotic. It builds your immune system and wards of ailments like the common cold. It also is great for managing blood pressure, as well as triglycerides and cholesterol levels. Garlic’s medicinal value is best found in its natural state. So keep fresh garlic in your diet!
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