Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wellness Wednesday

As we enter the traditional cold and flu season, there are a number of things to avoid in order to stay healthy.  Each of the follow items weakens your immune system, making you more vulnerable to colds and flu:

  1. Sugar and artificial sweeteners - these weaken the immune system
  2. Being a couch potato - a healthy immune system needs exercise
  3. Stress - stress is linked to 99% of illnesses
  4. Drinking alcohol - heavy alcohol use suppresses the immune system and dehydrates the body
  5. Smoking - smokers have more severe and more frequent illnesses than nonsmokers
  6. Processed food - makes your body work harder and suppresses the immune system
  7. Staying up late - for your health's sake, aim for 8-10 hours of sleep
  8. Being negative - positive thoughts help your immune system
  9. Artificial heat - dries out your nasal passages making you more susceptible to colds and flu; use a humidifier to counter the negative effects
Source:  MindBodyGreen


EcoGrrl said...

ironic to read this as i woke up with a cold and sore throat - mostly stress related but still no fun :(

Cherie said...

EcoGrrl, so sorry. Hope you're feeling better soon.