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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Seven Ways to Boost Your Immune System

  • Manage your stress. Learn and practice a meditation or relaxation technique on a daily basis.
  • Eat well. Favor fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Limit your intake of red meat, processed foods, and refined carbohydrates.
  • Get to bed no later than 10:30 pm. Awaken with the sun.
  • Exercise. Integrate flexibility, strength building, and cardiovascular activities into your daily routine.
  • Laugh. Studies have shown that one good belly laugh improves immune function for 24 hours.
  • Get touched. Massage awakens immune function and feels good.
  • Look at things that inspire you. Limit your exposure to violent images. A Harvard study showed that watching violent scenes weakens immunity, whereas watching loving images stimulates immune function.