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Strengthen your immune system to fight H1N1

Published:Wednesday | March 30, 2016 | 3:23 AM

The strength of your immune system greatly determines how your body responds to infections, viruses and diseases. Healthy eating, consuming the right foods, healthy lifestyle practices and ensuring you get your daily recommended dose of the essential vitamins and minerals are very important to having a strong immune system and helping us stave off infections.
It has been proven that persons with a strong immune system resist illnesses and recover much faster than those with a weak immune system.
Recovery from H1N1 influenza (flu) virus is largely dependent on:

* Getting plenty of rest to repair damaged cells and allow the body to produce antibodies to heal itself

* Drinking adequate fluid to prevent dehydration and replace fluid loss

* Eating nutrient-rich foods to boost the body’s immune system

* Taking flu and pain medication to alleviate pain, discomfort and other associated symptoms

Beefing up on foods that are rich in Vitamin C is critical to fighting off H1N1 and other types of influenza, as well as to boost the immune system.
Foods high in vitamin C include: citrus fruits, bell peppers, dark leafy green vegetables, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, guava, tomatoes, peas, garlic and papayas.
And if you are taking supplement with Vitamin C, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost the absorption of the Vitamin C.
Coconut water is called liquid gold from a tree and has some amazing properties. It is very affordable and very good in strengthening the body. Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, enzymes, amino acids, minerals (Calcium, potassium, manganese, magnesium), vitamins (Riboflavin and Vitamin C) and fibre.
Other very good immune boosting foods include: garlic, turmeric (curcumin), green or black tea, oysters, watermelon, cabbage, almonds, grapefruit, wheat germ, low-fat yogurt, spinach and sweet potato.
Practicing the four pillars of good health is very important to living a healthy, fulfilling life and having an immune system strong enough to fight off diseases. The four pillars of good health are: a balanced, nutritional diet; a regular exercise programme; regularly detoxing the body; and maintaining proper stress management.

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