Table of Contents
- Tip 31 – Switch to drinking filtered water
- Tip 32 – Make sure that the body and immune system are getting all the calories they need to function properly
- How to strengthen your immune system by using supplements
- Tip 33 – Start taking a multivitamin
- Tip 34 – Start taking a multi mineral supplement
- Tip 35 – Drink a protein shake
- Tip 36 – Get an energy boost by taking Vitamin B complexes
- Tip 37 – Take Vitamin E supplements to strengthen the immune system and fight off cancer cells
- Tip 38 – Take Vitamin C supplements to help fight off colds
- Tip 39 – Rid your body of free radicals by taking some green tea extract supplements
- Tip 40 – Strengthen the immune system by taking echinacea supplements
Tip 31 – Switch to drinking filtered water
Both tap water and bottled water can contain contaminants in them that can tax the immune system and cause illness. Water filtration systems can filter out these contaminants meaning less of them enter the body. This greatly reduces the risk of infection and frees up the immune system to work on dealing with more important threats.
Some types of bottled water and tap water may also have chemicals added to them while they are being processed and prepared for consumption. Water filtration systems are able to remove these chemicals from the water making them more pure and safer to drink.
Tip 32 – Make sure that the body and immune system are getting all the calories they need to function properly
The body and the immune system function best when they are getting just the right amount of calories each day. Too many calories can lead to the body storing the excess energy as fat in the body. Too few calories, however, can mean that the body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to create new cells and repair older ones. As a consequence, the immune system would lack the nutrients needed to produce new white blood cells and antibodies, leading to a drastically weakened immune system.
Calculating the number of calories the body needs to function is simple.
If the goal is to maintain weight, find out your weight in lbs. and multiply it by 13. So, a person who weighs 200lbs. would need to eat 2,600 calories each day to maintain their weight.
If the goal is to lose weight, find out your weight in lbs. and multiply it by 11. So, a person who weighs 200lbs. would need to eat 2,200 calories each day to lose approximately 1lb. of weight each week. Losing more than 1lb. a week can lead to the body being under nourished.
If the goal is to gain weight, find your weight in lbs. and multiply it by 15. So, a person who weights 200lbs. would need to eat 3,000 calories each day to gain approximately 1lb. of weight each week. Gaining more than 1lb. a week can lead to the body storing large amounts of energy as fat.
How to strengthen your immune system by using supplements
Supplements offer a simple way to take in large numbers of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients in pill or liquid form. Often bought in pharmacies or from online stores, they can be taken at any times of the day with the minimum of inconvenience. While they were once considered taboo by society, supplements are now an everyday part of life with hundreds of millions of people around the world using them every day.
Note: While supplements may aid the body and make up for nutritional deficiencies in a diet, it is still important to eat a diet that is rich in minerals, vitamins and nutrients. Supplements are designed to supplement a healthy diet, plugging any holes; not to replace a healthy diet entirely. It’s also important not to use too many supplements – choose the ones that you think your body will benefit from most and stick to using them.
Tip 33 – Start taking a multivitamin
The majority of the food available today is, unfortunately, nutrient depleted. Modern farming techniques focus on quantity over quality and many of the processing processes remove nutrients from the food, leading it to be empty and lacking in nutrients.
A good multivitamin supplement can plug any holes in a diet, ensuring that the body has access to all the nutrients it needs to function at its best.
Tip 34 – Start taking a multi mineral supplement
Much of the food available nowadays has had the majority of the minerals and other nutrient goodness removed from it; chemicals and processing often remove the parts of our food that contain essential nutrients that the body uses.
A multi mineral supplement can plug any gaps in a diet, ensuring that the body has access to all the minerals it needs to perform at its best.
Tip 35 – Drink a protein shake
Protein shakes have been used for decades by bodybuilders to boost their daily protein intake. As such, most people believe that protein shakes are only useful for those looking to pack on the muscle. This is not the case, however. Protein shakes provide a number of other benefits to the body and can help to strengthen the immune system.
Protein shakes are easily digestible and provide the body with instant access to protein as it needs it. If taken before sleeping, the shake ensures that the body has all the protein it needs during the night to repair cells and produce new ones. The immune system will benefit greatly as it will have access to increased amounts of protein to use to produce new white blood cells and repair older ones.
Protein powders are water-soluble and can be mixed with water to make a milkshake. They can also be sprinkled on top of other foods. Probiotic yoghurts that have been mixed with protein powders make for a delicious and healthy treat.
Tip 36 – Get an energy boost by taking Vitamin B complexes
The immune system uses vitamin B as an important component for making new antibody cells. The body also uses vitamin B to help maintain and create new hair, skin and nails cells. A diet that is lacking in Vitamin B can cause a lack of energy and feelings of lethargy.
Vitamin B can be found in meat, fish, milk, leafy green vegetables, eggs and whole grains. Most commonly available multivitamins provide the body with all the vitamin B it needs, meaning that additional supplementation is not often needed.
Beware: in large amounts, vitamin B can be toxic to the body and can cause a number of negative side effects. Make sure to read the supplement labels to ensure that you’re taking in the right amount.
Tip 37 – Take Vitamin E supplements to strengthen the immune system and fight off cancer cells
Vitamin E strengthens the immune system by increasing the production of the natural white blood killer cells that hunt down contaminants and cancer cells.
Vitamin E can also provide some other health benefits such as a reduced risk of heart disease and heart attacks. It can also help to slow down the signs of aging, leading to a younger and more youthful looking appearance.
Vitamin E can also be found in abundance in grains and seeds.
Tip 38 – Take Vitamin C supplements to help fight off colds
Vitamin C greatly strengthens the immune system by causing it to produce higher numbers of infection killing white blood cells and antibodies. It also provides some additional health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart attacks and heart disease while lowering blood pressure.
Vitamin C is particularly adept at helping the body fight off the common cold. If you suffer from regular colds, a Vitamin C supplement may help the immune system to fight them off.
Vitamin C can also be found in abundance in fruits and vegetables.
Tip 39 – Rid your body of free radicals by taking some green tea extract supplements
Green tea is in rich in antioxidants. ‘Catechins’ are a special group of antioxidants that are primarily found in green tea. Catechins assist the immune system in their fight against viruses, both reducing chance of infection and lessening symptoms. Catechins can also greatly reduce the chance of contracting the influenza virus.
Green tea extract supplements are readily available in pill form.
Tip 40 – Strengthen the immune system by taking echinacea supplements
Echinacea is a substance that helps to boost the immune system. It bonds with the white blood cells in the immune system helping them to more effectively fight off viruses and bacteria while helping to reduce inflammation.
Research has shown that, if taken when the first symptoms appear, echinacea can reduce the severity of the common cold by reducing the duration of the illness and weakening the symptoms.
Echinacea also helps to bolster and build up the immune system response, making it stronger at fighting off any other contaminants that may try to enter the body and cause illness.
Echinacea has one major downside, however; the longer it is taken, the weaker its effect becomes. As such, it’s recommended to only take echinacea when the first symptoms of illness manifest themselves.
Echinacea supplements are available in capsule and water soluble water form.