Feb 12, 2013 - 1:22 am
i got this today by email, i won't even say the source, i reproduce here below because its concise and pretty spot on. i have mentioned all these tips over the years, they are really becoming widely accepted now days in some circles. strangely not cancer medicine alas.
its a good read. let me know if this sort of news is welcome here if you want break from the natural health anti cancer stuff. i get those emails, i immediately think wow, that would be helpful for my csn friends.
the link to the site and article in colour is on my blog, but i cut all that out so the commercial message in the information does not get in the way of the facts as i see it.
it serves as the basis for research , thats all . of course many here disagree with supplementation and diet, but for those who do, this is relevant.
you can read and make wise decisions, i liked the two kinds of optimisim, that emu with his head in the sand keeps on coming up.
School's in session again...
That means lots of little bodies cooped up in close quarters, less time outside in the sun, and your children sharing lunches, drinks and snacks with their friends.
Not to mention, that you lose a degree of control over what they eat when you (the parent) aren't there to monitor things. As the old saying goes, "While the cat's away, the mice will play..." So they might be eating sugar and processed foods without your knowledge and consent. And sugar may keep your immune system from functioning at its best.
What's more, if your child is one who isn't efficient at getting their studying done early in the evening, it may encroach on their sleep time. You're probably aware that not getting enough rest also takes a toll on immune health.
How about these other common mistakes that can help keep the immune system from functioning optimally and which are especially common during the school year?
Too much stress. Your children may have more stress in their school settings than you realize. And when they're not happy, you know how that affects you...
Not enough exercise. Exercise is one of the BEST strategies to help maintain a healthy immune system, via the increased circulation and blood flow delivering nutrients farther and wider throughout your system.
Sanitation. Washing hands is a key to good immune health. But how do you know if your child does that when they're away from you?
Care for your digestive tract. Scientific research shows that 80% of your immune system resides inside your digestive tract. In my opinion, the best strategy you can use and encourage your children to use is to take a high-quality probiotic to support their digestive tract.
Many people I speak with fail to optimize their health in one or more of these ways. And I've already alluded to how difficult it is to really know what your children are doing in any of these areas when they're away at school.
But there is a compensatory action you can have them do every morning, while they are with you. Something that can help offset the childish things they do at school without thinking...
And it's a plus for you also.
Your Immune System Is Your Body's Bodyguard
Your immune system is a complicated, interesting and amazing system which helps keep you healthy and strong, protecting your body from environmental stressors.
However, no matter what you do (or how closely you follow the plan above), sometimes your immune system gets tested. That's why you also need a backup plan.
All great athletes know this. They train hard so their bodies stay healthy and they can perform at their best. But they still have physiotherapists and health professionals on call because they know sometimes life just throws a curve ball.
That's why they always have a back-up strategy in place. So...
What Can You Do To Support Your Immune System In
The Months Ahead?*
Listen, many "positive thinkers" might consider this approach negative. But I think it's just being prudent, realistic and sensible. After all, no matter how confident mountain climber Edmund Hillary was when he set off for Mount Everest, do you think he left without tools and backup supplies?
Of course not. And you shouldn't be heading into this winter without a tool to "back up" your immune system either because you need...
A Free Radical Busting Plan To Help Maintain a Healthy Immune System
Free radicals are unstable, destructive molecules that lack electrons. And while they form naturally as a result of normal metabolic processes like breathing, they can increase due to things like stress, poor diet and environmental stressors.
In a nutshell, free radicals have the ability to keep your immune system from functioning optimally, as you can see below...
Just like the knight above, a healthy
immune system stands ready.
Until when least expected, free radicals keep your immune system from functioning at top form.
So what can you do to promote your immune system and protect against environmental stressors? Well, your body already produces antioxidants to neutralize free radicals. But as we grow older, the levels of antioxidants drop significantly. It is estimated that by age 40 your antioxidant level is at 50%, and by the age of 60 to 70, it is down to around 5% to 10%. So you need to get your hands on a healthy supply of antioxidants to "mop up" these scavenger molecules as soon as they start to pose a threat.*
Please don't make the mistake of sticking your head in the sand like an emu and hoping everything will be okay. Remember, there's a huge difference between earned and justifiable optimism and dangerous optimism.
And while you can do everything in your power to give your body the immune support it needs over the winter months, just like leading athletes, you also need to make sure you have a backup plan in case life throws you a curve ball.
In your heart, you know there must be a solution: an effective way to help support your immune system when it gets tested.* But knowing what to take and who to buy it from (so you actually get what you pay for) can be an absolute nightmare.