Well it’s that time of year. Kids are back in school exposed to many other kids who may be sick and bringing the sickness home. Flu and the Holiday seasons are coming quickly which means being around many more people who may be sick. Fear not. The best thing you can do is strengthen your immune system now by taking the following steps.

Hand-washing: For stopping the spread of infection, experts recommend frequent hand washing throughout the day—before and after eating, after using the washroom and after coughing, sneezing or touching surfaces that may have been touched by sick people.

Exercising: There’s a temporary increase in immune-fighting cells with each episode of exercise. The more you exercise (3-4 times a week for 20 minutes) the more you increase immune fighting cells.

Stress less and sleep: People with high positive outlooks produce just enough cytokine (a protein) to help recruit other immune cells to fight off infections and viruses, but sleep deprivation and stress overload increases the hormone cortisol which suppresses immune function.

Eat healthy: Research indicates that eating at least eight servings a day of brightly colored vegetables and fruits plus nuts and seeds helps keep the immune system in top form,

Don’t smoke and avoid second hand smoke: It undermines basic immune defenses and raises the risk of bronchitis and pneumonia in everyone, and middle ear infections in kids.

Drink less alcohol: Excessive consumption impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections.

Take supplements: Start out with a good multi vitamin plus add these herbs; garlic, curcumin, astragalus, Asian ginseng, cat’s claw and echinacea. All of these are anti-cancer and anti-microbial against a variety of bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

Remember “Prevention is the Key to Health”

Dr. Kevin Kilday, PhD, D.PSc, Director of Holistic Health Center, Specialties – Natural Solutions for Cancer, Addictions, and Chronic Health Conditions. 321-549-0711