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Recommendations To Boost My Immunity

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Here I am with a miserable cold.

I think I eat pretty healthy.
I don't drink soda or coffee.
I switched to drinking soy milk years ago.
On occasion I'll have tea, green, black or chamomile, no sugar.
When eating out I try to fill up on veggies.
I pick the healthier options.
I rarely eat red meat.
I have seafood a few nights a week, mostly salmon and shrimp.

When I'm healthy, I go to the gym 4-6 days a week.
I like working out, it's not a chore.

So why have I had so many colds?
Could my body be in shock from my weight loss?
I did it gradually and the healthy way.
I promise.

I'm not sure what it could be.
I'm not the sickly type.
This is all pretty new to me, being sick for this long.

I'm taking recommendations to boost my immunity, preferably in a natural way.

Thank you all in advance.
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    There is a nasty bug going around this season...people aren't getting over it any too quickly. They start feeling better, go back to their lives and get sidelined again. It's not a cold, it's not flu, but it's miserable, and it's pretty much everywhere. Go see your doctor. And if he gives you antibiotics, use yogu rt or kefir in between doses to re-stabilize your gut flora. Everything else you're doing is spot on, keep it up.
    1973 days ago
    You are doing everything right! Really, the best thing you can do is wash your hands for 20 seconds quite frequently- every time you come into your house, always before you eat or prepare your food, and always after using the restroom. Be VIGILANT about not touching your face- no nail/cuticle trimming, eye rubs, leaning on your palm or fist, putting on lip balm w/ fingers (use something with an applicator), nose wipes-NOTHING. Everything I hear says hand awareness and frequent washing are THE BEST things you can to to prevent getting colds.
    1973 days ago
    You may actually want to have your doctor run some blood tests to see if there is a reason your autoimmune system is apparently not working correctly. I found out when I was least expecting it that I had Graves disease of the thyroid. Your thryroid is a big part of your autoimmune system. Then the doctors have piled on several other things like lupus, fibromyalgia, Renal failure stage 3, etc. And everything combined has something to do with the other. I learn something new every day about these diseases by reading their newsletters and blogs. Sometimes I wish I had never gotten those blood tests, but at least I know why I get sick or hurt or just have general malaysia some days. But always keep your chin up and smile. Smiling and laughter are the best medicine ever! emoticon
    1973 days ago
    Berries, lots of berries. Vit C (with vit D). Remember that you need healthy fats to absorb a number of other nutrients and it also helps to lubricate your joints.

    But really remember that fat cells hold a lot of things, old medication, toxins, vitamins, etc. So as you are destroying fat cells those "things" are being released back into your blood system to be properly filtered out by your liver and kidneys. Perhaps you should think about keeping your kidneys and liver happy with some detoxing fluids. That is when I realized that I was feeling better and staying healthier.
    1974 days ago
    Lots of water, chicken soup, and garlic.

    1976 days ago
  • BREW99
    Oh, I hope you feel better soon! Maybe a little extra sleep and natural vitamins will help?
    1976 days ago
    Feel better soon. I'm sorry you caught another cold.
    My secrets I swear by are grape juice in lots of water, taking two vitamin D's everyday in the winter and other supplements like C and calcium, magnesium. I heard even coconut oil is super good for immunity boosting. Try cooking with it instead of olive oil on a few dishes or they have it in pill form too at the health food store . I and I mentioned before I swear by this and i'm not joking is taking the good bacteria with each meal. A probotic. I take mine in pill form from the health food store. You can buy them anywhere now . A little pricey but so worth it. It gets your bad bacteria out of your body and replaces it with the good so your immunity has a chance to build up stronger. I haven't had a cold since 2010 when I started taking them. Really works. Getting in lots of rest, exercise, water and hand washing really works. Keep up the running when you get better that will really help you too. emoticon
    1977 days ago
    Living in the city and taking public transportation regularly used to make me sick every year for at least 2 weeks. This winter I've made a conscious effort to wash my hands as soon as I get to work, and as soon as I get home, and not to touch my face until I do.

    It seems to be working because I haven't changed anything else. I mean, I still feel a bit sniffly occasionally, but I haven't had a full blown case of the flu or a bad cold in a long time *knocks on wood*

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    1977 days ago
    I hope you get better soon. I agree with Blitzen because ultimately that is what saved me. Quick story: I take public transportation, and I was always getting sick; 2-3 times a month! So a guy at work convinced me to start taking Vitamin C daily-1000mg. Now granted if my diet was better, maybe I wouldn't need it but I can tell you how many times I have been sick since starting that regimen: 3 times in 5yrs. I only get sick when I forget to take them (like 2-3 days in a row). That's my two cents and of course, yes keep hands aways from face and wash them (like Blitzen said) the minute you get in the door. Don't know if I means anything but I also take Vitamin D with that, just because doctor recommended it.
    1978 days ago
    For me I've been juicing for a while. It was money well spend for my juicer. And for my health, I do not mind get up extra min. Early to make healthy juice in the morning. Lately, I have replaced my juice to smoothie. Which I use my fresh squeeze veggie juice with fruits like banana, cantaloupe, blueberry etc..whatever I have and fat free Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar and flax seed. Also add protein powder to make it " Power Smoothie ". Mix well with blender. It's so refreshing and no added sugar but takes care of sweet cravings too. And full of antioxidant. I drink this for my breakfast almost everyday. Each morning, after my cardio exercise, I am so looking forward for this smoothie. Since I have started juicing, I haven't had cached a cold for years now. I don't know if this works for everyone, but its works for me. Also I think it's a good idea to take daily vitamin just in case. I take super antioxidant pill from vitaminshope every morning. Please, do take care and get well soon. (^O^)/
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    1978 days ago
    For prevention, hand washing is key. Wash your hands first thing whenever you get home from anywhere, especially during cold and flu season. Also, keep an ACE (vitamins A, C & E) up your sleeve. Get an A,C and E vitamin combo, or just take a multivitamin that includes your full A, C & E daily requirements in it every day. Sometimes when we diet, we don't get as much of these nutrients as we need and they're crucial for the immune system. I also recently read something that said eating extra leafy greens helps shorten the duration of colds and flus, but I've never tried it. Hope this helps and hope you get well soon!
    1978 days ago
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