Irene

SIX WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR BODY FOR FLU SEASON

In children, heatlhy eating, Uncategorized, wellness on January 11, 2013 at 11:40 pm

It’s official.  This is supposed to be a pretty brutal flu season, with WABC-TV today reporting that 47 states have reported a lot of flu activity.

Of course if you’re feeling really sick you should see the doctor–but there are also things you can do to help strengthen your immune system to ward it off:

  • Eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits.  They’re full of antioxidants and vitamins A and C.  Green leafy vegetables, especially, are nutritional powerhouses.
  • Get plenty of sleep: Try to aim at least for 7.5 to 8.0 hours.  A study by the Archives of Internal Medicine gave 153 people the rhino virus (common cold) by nose drop. It was found that those studied who got at least seven hours of sleep per night were 300% less likely to catch a cold. So here’s the bottom-line: Sleep deprivation leads to exhaustion, which can lead to chronic illnesses and injury–and even possibly make you gain weigh since sleep has a direct effect on 3 hormones that regulate appetite.
  • Exercise!  Study after study shows that, even those with chronic medical conditions, can benefit from the fatigued-fighting exercise.  Here’s why it boosts your stamina:  Exercise carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells.  It also helps detoxify the body, getting rid of toxins, accumulated wastes and poisons. An added benefit: It helps you sleep better!
  • Practice stress-reduction:  Whether it’s yoga, meditation, deep breathing or something else, chronic stress has both a direct and indirect effect on health.  It affects digestion, raises blood pressure and puts a strain on the circulatory system because of increased heart rate.  It makes you vulnerable to infection and injury.  Indirectly, it can result in some unhealthy habits–smoking, poor diet, drinking to excess, etc.
  • Drink plenty of water: Your body is made up of at least  75 percent water.  It flushes toxins, increases metabolism, helps you manage stress, can decrease the frequency of headaches and a whole lot more; in other words, it does everything.

BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN WHAT YOU SHOULD EAT AND WHAT YOU ACTUALLY DO EAT

Experts say we should get at least 7 to 13 servings of vegetables and fruits daily–but do most of us even know what that looks like??  Parents, especially, might worry that their kids aren’t getting enough nutrition!canstockphoto7629386kidveg

Juice Plus+ is a concentrated whole food (NOT a supplement) made up of fruits, vegetables and grains.  There are absolutely NO presticides or contaminates. Just a few capsules a day will provide you with plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients–and even fiber that’s found in the fruits and vegetables its made from.  They all work together to provide you more of the nutritional benefits of eating whole foods.  The clinical research has been published in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, including: The Journal of American Cardiology; The Journal of Nutrition; Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise; Journal of The American College of Nutrition and more.

About Irene:

Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP is a nutrition and health counselor who helps people alter unhealthy habits so they can balance their lives.

“Wellness is a family affair, because everyone absorbs the energy of each other.  Even the 4-legged furry children are in on it; pets are now experiencing an obesity epidemic with an uptick in lifestyle-based diseases, such as diabetes.  As one vet recently told me, ‘ when someone comes in with an overweight animal, the first thing I do is look at the owner–who 9 times out of 10 is also overweight.'”

Author of the e-book, Sugar’s Sour Story, and of the forthcoming book, 25 Ways to Fire Up Your Day: Increase Energy, Get More Done in Less Time, Balance Your Life, her Juice Plus+ website is: http://www.irsharesjuiceplus.com.

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