Improve Your Poor Immune System in Ten Easy Steps



If you are sick more than twice a year, you might have a poor immune system. Millions of bacteria, viruses, allergens, toxins and parasites surround us all the time looking for a way to invade and ruin our health. Here are ten quick tips for improving your poor immune system:

1) DO NOT SMOKE

Smoking wreaks havoc on virtually every aspect of your immune system. Your body's defenses have to search and destroy all the chemicals you inhale from the cigarettes. This leaves room for other invaders, like the common cold, to step right in. Within 30 days of quitting, your risk of lung infections decreases.

2) AVOID TOXINS

Wash produce to reduce pesticides, or better yet, buy organic. Choose household cleaners made of natural ingredients. Personal care products, like shampoo or toothpaste or lotion, often contain harmful chemicals that enter your body through your skin. All these toxins can lead to a poor immune system.

3) SLEEP

The best way to catch a cold is too be overtired. While you are sleeping, your body repairs itself and makes immune cells. When you do not get enough sleep, your immune system will suffer.

4) REDUCE STRESS

Chronic stress harms your immune system. Get out of "fight or flight" mode and relax to help your body recharge. Sometimes, I find a really bad cold or flu is my body's way of telling me I've taken on too many responsibilities and it's time to slow down. Listen to your body and reduce your stress.

5) THINK POSITIVELY

Studies show that those who make a habit of expecting the worst and finding fault with everything do not live as long as those who are optimistic and cheerful. Check yourself if you find that even small everyday problems lead you to spiral down into a grumpy mood. Try to find the silver lining in each difficult situation. If you are content with your life, you will feel less stress (see tip #4).

6) EXERCISE REGULARLY

Inactive people take twice as many sick days as those who exercise moderately. Regular exercise decreases the effects of stress on your body, and less stress means better immune function. Those who exercise regularly also have a more positive outlook! (see tip #5)

7) BE A MEMBER OF A COMMUNITY

Research has found that isolated people may live half as long as those with a lot of human contact. Love nourishes the immune system! I became very isolated as a snowed-in stay-at-home-mom. My immune system, as well as my mood and mental health, were adversely affected. Take time to spend with your family. Reach out to neighbors. Join a community project. Do not let technology of the television or internet replace the human contact we all need.

8) AVOID ANTIBIOTICS

Antibiotics are hard on your body. They kill good bacteria with the bad and can lead to overgrowth of yeast. Antibiotics will not help a viral infection, like a cold or flu. If you overuse antibiotics, the bacteria you are trying to fight can develop resistance. That results in you needing stronger and stronger antibiotics.

9) EAT RIGHT

Excess fat leads to a poor immune system. Sugar inhibits immune cell action, making it harder for your body to destroy foreign invaders like viruses and bacteria. Eat unprocessed foods as much as possible. Get your five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Do not eat a lot of empty calories or junk food. This way, your body will have the nutrients it needs to create a healthy immune system.

9) SUPPLEMENT YOUR DIET

Most daily vitamins end up in your urine. Look for a cold-processed whole food daily supplement. With twice a day dosing, your body gets a steady stream of support and less of your vitamins end up in the toilet. Freelife's Daily Edge also contains new compounds that aren't in most supplements in the precise potency most recommended by the latest research studies.

Also, goji berry juice has been clinically shown to improve immune function.

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