Tips for Boosting your Immune System

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1.     Eat more oats and barley:

a.     These grains contain beta-glucan, a fiber that has both antimicrobial and antioxidant properties

b.     Help to boost immunity and promote healing

2.     Eat more Greek yogurt:

a.     Research has found that probiotics in Greek yogurt stimulate the production of white blood cells, boosting immunity and fending off pathogens

b.     Probiotics = good bacteria that keep the gut and intestines healthy 

3.     Cook with garlic:

a.     Garlic contains compounds that increase the activity of immune-system cells, and can fend off bacteria

6b.     Active infection and bacteria fighting ingredient in garlic is allicin

4.     Add cinnamon to your coffee or dessert:

a.     Known antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial powerhouse

b.     Strengthens the immune system and fights off pathogens that cause illness

5.     Avoid excess alcohol:

a.     Alcohol suppresses your immune system at a rate that is proportional to the amount you consume

b.     Triggers a flood of cytokine proteins, that induce fever and inflammation

c.     Alcohol suppresses the ability for white blood cells to multiply

6.     Get more sleep:

a.     Lack of sleep can increase inflammation and inhibit the immune response by altering the way your genes function

b.     Not getting enough sleep increases your chances of catching colds and the flu

c.     Sleep also helps the body induce a better fever response to kill infection, when we don’t sleep the body can’t fight infection this way