3. Drink Less Alcohol
Alcohol impairs the immune system and increases vulnerability to lung infections such as coronavirus. A glass or two here and there is stress relieving to many, but more than that increases stress on your liver and immune system.
2. Manage Your Stress
Stress is another thing that elevates the hormone cortisol which suppresses immune function. Keep to your deadlines, but allow yourself more time to complete projects. Leave a little early for work so you don’t have to worry about arriving on time. Limit your contact with people who are stress magnets. If you’re feeling particularly stressed, take a walk, close your eyes for 10 minutes, or open a book. Anything to break the cycle of stress and stress reactions is good.
1. Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation increases the hormone cortisol which suppresses immune function. It’s hard for many busy, working people to get enough sleep, but if you haven’t already, develop a limiting bedtime routine: limit your water and food intake, limit the time you spend in front of screens (TV, computer or phones), limit your thoughts to anything that isn’t worrisome or stressful. Getting at least 7 hours of sleep is best for most adults. 8 hours would be even better.
Now is the time to get a flu shot, before the peak of the flu season which occurs in February most years.
For older adults who have chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease, the earlier you get your vaccine, the better, as older adults often have more complications from the flu than younger people.
Pregnant women should also get the flu shot early. Pregnant women have complication rates from flu as high or higher than older adults. The good news is a vaccinated mother also protects the baby for the first 6 months of life.
If you’re afraid of needles, there is a nasal spray alternative, although the nasal spray has been shown to be less effective than the shots.
Older adults are sometimes misdiagnosed when they really have the flu. Often times, older adults don’t develop classic-influenza signs like fever. The symptoms are often explained away as a worsening of other chronic conditions. If you feel bad enough to go to a doctor during the flu season, ask that he/she test you for the flu.
Everything You Need
When you juice, you get everything you need at once–all the nutrients found in fruits and vegetables. This means natural nutrients in natural proportions, not added sugars from commercially-available juices.
Many studies point out that a diet high in fruits and vegetables can prevent disease. For many people getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day is much easier by drinking juice.
Fruit and vegetable juices provide a convenient source of enzymes. Enzymes spark the essential chemical reactions for digesting food, stimulating the brain, providing cellular energy, and for repairing tissue from inflammation or other damage.
Protein from Non-Meat Sources
Although fruits and vegetables do not contain large quantities of protein, their juice can be a convenient carrier. Simply add some brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, or whole grains to whatever you’re juicing. These give you protein (without the fat) that is quickly and easily absorbed by the body.
When you drink juice, the nutrients get to you quickly. They do not need to be processed in additional steps to become bio-available to your body. It is one explanation for the higher energy levels many people feel when they juice.
This recipe is good for its anti-inflammatory and anti-acidic properties.
1 cup Raspberries
3 cups Strawberries
6 stalks Celery
Lemon (no rind)