Easy, No-Hassle Tips For a Stronger Immune System
Because our immune system is our main defense against so many viruses, we need to make sure it’s strong and well-maintained. Stress is the main antagonist that leads us to all sorts of health issues. Here are some ways to enjoy a little bit of pampering so you de-stress and enjoy a “mini-vacation” or alone time:
Take a Breather
Take a break and play some short yet engaging games. With the advent of the internet, there’s bound to be an online game that’s immersive yet not too complicated, like FoxyBingo.com. In a study published in Psychosomatic Medicine, “people with an upbeat outlook, are happy, relaxed, or pleased, have a lower risk for colds than those with a negative outlook, characterized by being depressed, anxious or hostile. “
In Lisa Collier Cool‘s Immunity Boosters article in Yahoo Health, “people who devote 45 minutes a day to mindful meditation, while also engaging in moderate exercises, like walking or yoga, were up to 50 percent less likely to develop respiratory illnesses during winter months than those with neither habit”.
Classic Chicken Soup
Carnosine is a chemical able to fight off cold and flu viruses. This is found in chicken breasts and chicken broth. Other food items like Astragalus, is a Chinese herb said to contain potent antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Also consider Probiotics which is cultured good bacteria. They can protect from respiratory tract infections (URTIs).
Have a Sip
A cup of coffee is not only a good stress-reliever, it is said to reduce risk of harboring methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). “People who drank 5 cups of black tea daily had five times more virus-fighting interferon in their blood,” that’s according to a study by The Harvard Crimson.
This would be a good time to consider a spa day or a trip to a sauna. A PubMed.com study highlights that “people who steamed twice a week caught only half as many colds over a six-month period as those who didn’t.” On the other hand if you go take some steam while you already have colds, this would not be good for you.
No need to plan too hard or spend too much. Enjoy a little mini-vacation or “stay-cation” and enjoy a few minutes of alone time. It’s good for you.