As we enter this period of frigid months, when it seems everybody is sneezing in your direction, we have compiled a short list of things people can do to better fight off flus and colds. Swine flu (H1N1) being of particular concern this season, should be enough motivation for our readers to heed our warnings and make every attempt to follow our advice. You don’t have to wait to get the dizzy, congested sniffles to think I have to fight off this sickness and get medicine. No, you should prepare to fight off sickness even before you feel warm.
The first recommendation is to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants and vitamins they provide are key players in the fight against infections and bacteria. Vitamin C is one of the strongest immune boosters naturally found in citrus fruits, green peppers and broccoli. Eating whole grains and vegetable oils replenish Vitamin E reserves that strengthen cells that combat infection. Carotenoids found in carrots, tomatoes and leafy greens also assist in strengthing the immune system so a well proportioned salad can provide more than enough of these vegetables to munch on and provide excellent protection.
The second recommendation is to make sure you are getting enough minerals which help the immune system synthesize protein, increase antibodies and promote growth of immune cells. Zinc, Iron and Selenium are of particular importance to overall strengthen the immune system and can be found in a range of food from whole grains, nuts and beans to meats, fish and tofu.
If for any reason you believe your arsenal is lacking firepower we also recommend looking into purchasing a multi-vitamin here at Breakthroughs to Fitness we recommend to any client who would like added support for their immune system to try Shaklee’s Nutriferon. A blend of plant extracts that has been proven to increase the bodies natural production of interferon, a protein that signals the immune system to reinforce itself when under attack from an infection. More information is available on Nutriferon if you log onto Shaklee.net and look up its product information.
Dedicated to your results,
Long Island Personal Trainer