Cold season. Flu season. Spring cold season. Summer fevers. Are you the kind of person who catches everything that goes around? And do you envy those people who never, ever seem to have a sniffle? Here are some secrets – tried and true – of people who swear they never get sick.
Wash your hands. A lot. Ok, this one seems pretty obvious – and it is. Conventional wisdom does rule in this case. Avoid germs, wash up often.
Practice Tai Chi. No, seriously! A UCLA study shows that regular Tai Chi practice can greatly boost immunity to infectious diseases such as shingles, pneumonia and the flu. Not to mention, Tai Chi boosts mental clarity and general physical health.
The power of positive thinking. Researchers don’t know why (although any spiritual guru could tell you), but smiling, sunny, positive people actually create more antibodies in response to a virus. When you feel a cold coming on, don’t dwell on it and don’t expect the worse. Instead, tell yourself you won’t get sick and that you’re already getting better. The brain and the immune system are connected.
Get a monthly massage. Regular relaxing massages reduce stress and anxiety, which can negatively affect your immune system. Take time to take care of yourself. Prevention is key.
Eat more garlic. Raw garlic, although hard to stomach, is a potent medicine. High in immune-boosting antioxidants, garlic is also antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal. It’s easy to find odorless garlic supplements at health food stores, so the smell is no excuse not to take your medicine!
Tart it up. Try our editor’s sworn concoction: a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice daily. Apple cider vinegar has proven health benefits, and though it’s a bit of an old wive’s tale, many say it helps ward off sickness.
Drink water. Staying hydrated is key to staying well. Water keeps everything running smoothly. The less stress you have on your organs and systems, the better they can handle germs.
None of these tips are difficult to implement – especially getting a massage! So why not give some of them a try? You just might beat the virus this year, and that’s worth the extra effort. What kinds of things do you do to help your immune system when it needs a boost?
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