Top 10 tips for boosting your immune system
Leading health experts from Rainbow Light offer immune-boosting ideas to stay well
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. - (August 30, 2011) - As cold and flu season approaches, doctors and health experts remind us to wash hands frequently and cover sneezes. But what about inevitable brushes with germs at work, school or other crowded places? Leading health experts from Rainbow Light (a 30-year mainstay of the health supplement industry and producer of the nation's leading women's multivitamin) offer these practical tips on boosting your immune system to give you an edge this season.
Tips from Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D., Director of Integrative Science at Rainbow Light:
- 1. Get regular exercise. Regular exercise helps condition resistance to infections by circulating blood and immune cells.
- 2. Practice hydrotherapy. After exercise, get into a cool swimming pool or shower to help circulate surface immunity. Hydrotherapy has been practiced in many cultures for at least 2,000 years to help maintain and restore health.
- 3. Sleep is vital. In one study, the cold virus was swabbed into two groups of volunteers. One group was allowed eight hours sleep, while the other was restricted to less than seven hours. The latter group was three times more likely to contract a respiratory infection (Cohen et al, 2009).
- 4. Address symptoms early. If you start feeling under the weather, try an herbal remedy with herbs researched for immune support (elderberry, andrographis, berberine) like Rainbow Light® Counter Attack™ Immuno-Response to bolster immunity and reduce symptom severity.
- 5. Try immune-boosting medicinal mushrooms. Medicinal mushrooms stimulate immunity at the cellular level. The National Institute of Health provides ongoing funding to study these natural immune boosters. Try a blend of the five most-researched medicinal mushrooms: Trametes, shiitake, maitake, reishi and cordyceps.
Tips from Marci Clow, registered dietitian and senior director product research, Rainbow Light:
- 6. Limit sugar and processed foods. These items can have a negative effect on your health, especially when immunity is compromised.
- 7. Incorporate garlic into dishes. Fresh garlic has natural immune-boosting qualities. Try to incorporate it into dishes, particularly if you aren't feeling well.
- 8. Take a daily multivitamin. It's difficult to get all of our daily nutrients from food. Fill gaps in your diet through a multivitamin to get what you need for optimal health.
- 9.Drink hot green tea. It contains compounds that help strengthen resistance.
- 10. Get fresh air. Dress warmly and venture outdoors, even if only for a short, brisk walk. The fresh air invigorates and boosts natural defenses.
Christopher Hobbs, Ph.D. is a fourth generation herbalist, licensed acupuncturist and botanist with over 30 years clinical experience. Hobbs writes and lectures internationally on herbal medicine, and is the author of over 25 books.
Marci Clow holds a Master's Degree in Nutritional Science and is board certified as a Registered Dietitian with the American Dietetic Association.
For more information on Rainbow Light visit www.rainbowlight.com.
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