Top 5 Back-to-School Immune-Boosting Strategies : Dr.Mao

posted on 24 Sep 2008 01:47 by banraksuk in Health

 

Top 5 Back-to-School Immune-

Boosting Strategies
Posted Thu, Sep 11, 2008, 5:00 pm PDT
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It's September, which means that it's time for the children to go back to school. Any parent that has sent their child off to school for a year of learning, growing, and exploring also knows that they're in for a year of sneezes, coughs, and other afflictions of a low immune system.

There is often a surge of the sniffles at the beginning of the school year. Whether it's because the children suddenly need to get up early every morning and are deprived of sleep, the cooling fall weather from the hot summer or they're feeling confronted by the sudden stress of the classroom's structure, September creates a need for healthy immune systems in both your children and yourself.

Below are five strategies that will help you and your children boost your immune system so that their return to school is free from trips to the nurse's office.

1. Eat cruciferous and root veggies.

 

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage contain isothiocynates, which help to build the immune system, and high volumes of vitamin C and other nutrients that also boost the immune function. Root vegetables like carrots and yams contain carotenoids, which are a yellow or orange pigment that are a significant source of vitamin A and antioxidants and likewise help boost the immune system.

 

2. An immune-boosting broth.

  

Cook up a broth of shitake mushrooms, any kind of seaweed, cabbage, any type of squash, carrots, fresh ginger, oregano, and onion in chicken stock. Shitake mushrooms, which if dried must first be soaked, contain polysaccharides, sterols, and coumarin, as well as vitamins and minerals that increase your immune function. Seaweed cleanses the body, cabbage has cruciferous properties, ginger supports healthy digestion, and the remaining ingredients promote general health and well-being. If you eat this broth every other day, you will benefit from a strong and healthy immune system.

3. Tap the power of herbs.

 Herbs are plants from nature that possess healing powers, and many can be used for prevention and relief from illnesses such as a back-to-school cold. The Chinese have traditionally used atractylodes, astragalus, and siler root-herbs in a formula called Immunity during the cold season to stay healthy. For temporary relief of symptoms after catching a cold, try honeysuckle, forsythia fruit, kudzu root, and burdock fruit, part of the traditional Chinese Cold & Flu formula. Click here for more information.

 

4. Avoid sugar.

 The processed and refined sugars found in beverages, candies, cookies, cakes, and other types of junk food take a toll on the body's ability to process and digest, taxing the immune system. Gradually work more dried fruits and natural sources of sweetness into yours and your children's daily diet to promote a more active and functional immune system.

 

5. Play 30 minutes of active games with your children daily.

 Exercise is found to promote general wellness and health, and it is essential for maintaining the immune system. Find a high-energy activity to do with your child for thirty minutes each day, whether it's going for a soccer ball kick in the backyard after school or even just wrestling downstairs in the den. This won't only promote the immune function of both you and your children, but may evolve into an enjoyable family ritual as well.

I hope you will take these tips so that your family enjoys a happy and healthy autumn. I invite you to visit often and share your own personal health and longevity tips with me.

--Dr. Mao


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edit @ 24 Sep 2008 12:38:05 by บ้านรักษ์สุข

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