Tips for Boosting Your Immune System

Wash your hands often to fight bacteria.
  1. Wash your hands often. Research shows that antibacterial soaps don't offer any more protection against germs than regular soaps. Bacteria are on a mission of survival, and in time they adapt to their environment and resist the antibacterial qualities of the soap. Best bet: washing your hands (front, back and fingers) with regular soap for at least 15 seconds will wash off 90% of germs. A good trick for kids: 15 seconds goes by quickly when they sing their favorite song as they soap up.

     

  2. Get plenty of rest. Sometimes your body just wants to sleep, so don't push it when you have even the smallest symptom. Keep in mind - you do most of your healing when you sleep.

  3. Eat a balanced diet. Drink 10-12 glasses of water a day. Avoid foods like sugar and alcohol, which lower your immune system. Avoid phlegm producing foods such as dairy and white flour. Eat more fruits and vegetables, especially those containing Vitamins A, B Complex, and C.

  4. Use a cold water humidifier. It helps loosen any mucus in your system by moistening the air.

  5. Be sure before you resort to antibiotics. If you go to your MD, do a culture to find out if you have a bacterial infection before you start taking any antibiotic. Colds and the flu are viruses, and therefore cannot be killed off with antibiotics. Probiotics are micro-organisms, such as acidophilus and bifidus, that help increase the immune system and elevate antibody responses. They should especially be taken if you are prescribed an antibiotic from your doctor. Antibiotics kill off good and bad bacteria, and your gastrointestinal system needs the good bacteria to be in balance.

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