Lack of sleep and high levels of stress can increase the cortisol hormone, when this is
persistent over a long period is greatly lowers the immune system. Tobacco also affects the basic immune defenses and increases the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia and ear infections in children. Alcohol in high consumption restricts the immune system and increases exposure to lung infections. Similarly if you don’t eat enough healthy food such as fruit and vegetables with the right nutrients your immune system lacks in antibodies that it needs to protect against infection. This is why a lot of older people that don’t have enough nutrients often develop Streptococcus pneumonia. Studies show that respiratory and gastro infection may occur less with regular intake of probiotics.
These 5 simple steps can greatly improve yourdefences and increase your changes on fighting infection this winter:
- Take probiotics regularly
- Avoid tobacco smoke and cut down on alcohol consumption
- Get sunrays in the summer and some abroad in the winter where possible to build good levels of vitamin D, which greatly reduces your risk of flu.
- Quality D3 supplementation would also be advisable, extra Zinc and Vit.C as both are excellent
Satisfying food cures
These tasty eats will boost your mood, up your love life, and help you burn fat without trying.
Feel-Good Salmon Sandwich
Pan-seared salmon with walnut-and-spinach pesto on whole-grain roll with radicchio.
Salmon is a great source of mood-boosting omega-3 DHA fatty acids, and spinach is packed with magnesium, which has a relaxing effect and helps lower blood pressure. Get your fill of walnuts—they are a natural source of melatonin, which can help you get a better night’s sleep.
The Benefit: makes you happy and calm all for just 420 calories and 35g of heart-healthy fats.
Mediterranean Detox Salad
Watercress, artichokes, celery, red onion, and feta tossed with cucumber vinaigrette.
Loaded with bloat-fighting water, cukes also have vitamin C and caffeic acid, which combats swelling. Watercress and artichokes both have diuretic properties to help you beat the bloat, and artichokes are also a natural source of the soluble fiber inulin. The sodium and potassium in celery help bring your fluids back into balance.
The Benefit: flushes toxins and beats the bloat for a mere 170 calories and 11g of fat.
Skirt steak stir-fried with bell peppers, asparagus, ginger, soy sauce, lime juice, and brown rice, and topped with cashews.
Asparagus serves up a hit