How to Improve Your Overall Immune System Health Performance

Having extra knowledge would bring us a step ahead in being a healthier person with a better lifestyle. Here are some tips that you can practice and use to enhance your immune system health performance.

1) Be Cautious of the Air You Inhale
Try as best as possible to breathe in fresh air as oxygen is vital in cell regeneration and assists the body health functions including improving your immune system performance. Avoid contaminated air such as smoke and fumes from cigarettes, vehicles and other sources of polluted air.

2) Prefer a Balanced Diet
Try to choose diets that are high with vegetables and fruits as it contain antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging cells and accelerate aging process. Also choose diets that are rich in minerals and vitamins and low in fat and sugar. Take at least eight glasses of water everyday as it is essential in flushing toxins and wastes from the body,

3) Avoid Stress
According to studies shown that people who are suffering from stress or depression will have lowered resistance to illness and are much more likely to become ill than others. Find activities that you like to do and take breaks in your hectic life. Most important is that when you do the activities, let all your stress out. Enjoy yourself, always think positive, be always relax and have adequate rest.

4) Practice Exercise Regularly
At present, major forms of entertainment can be found in mostly every home, with internet popularity containing games and social net workings and televisions cable lines providing entertaining programs. These changes in the day to day life events has resulted to the lack of exercise to most people and have been influential in affecting the immune system in a very harmful way. Therefore try to squeeze your time to do brisk walking, swimming, playing balls and other activities that can be considered as exercises.

5) Taking Your Supplements and Nutrition
There are excellent alternatives to Pharmaceutical anti viral drugs being recommended by Center of Disease Control that has an added benefit over and above the pharmaceutical drugs. A healthy diet and lifestyle combined with herbs based antibiotics and support nutrition can build a strong immune system against common cold and flu virus and also to other various infections. Many herbal supplements have natural antibiotic properties along with the capacity to entice up your immune system’s health.

Other major factors that weaken the overall immune health performance and could also cause long term harm to health are depression, physical or emotional stress, alcoholism, abusive usage of drugs, insufficient sleep and physically unfit body. A viable indicator that our immune system is strong enough is that we don’t often fall to infections and the body is strong enough to fight disease on its own.

It is better to have a long term aim in your diet and daily healthy routine cycle for a healthy immune system. Practicing the diet regularly will improve the life quality; strengthen the body, improves overall immune system health performance and builds an optimal immune health functions.

If Health Is Your Wealth, How Much Do You Have In Your Bank Account?

Do you consider yourself to be healthy? How do you truly define health anyway? I think everyone defines health differently. For some it’s to stop skipping breakfast and cutting back from a bottle of wine a night, to simply having a bottle on the weekend. This is healthy step in the right direction, but does that mean you are now healthy? Others do not consider themselves healthy unless they only drink green tea with water blessed from the Himalayan Mountains.

What about exercise? Simply getting off your office chair and walking around the room once an hour can be a vast improvement for health, others feel that if they are not out there training six to seven days a week they are simply dropping their game. I guess it all comes down to our beliefs around health and how we interpret healthy.

The fear of change

Last week I was invited to talk about health and the history of 180 Nutrition. The guys held a movie night where everyone got together and watched the movie Hungry for Change (well worth seeing). For many people, this was quite an eye opener as to what is going on within the food industry, and the very foods they are eating are being detrimental to their health. It can be overwhelming.

I was constantly asked the question, how much do I need to change? How long will it take? I thought I was eating healthy?

My answer was, consider your health (wealth) like a bank account.

HOW MUCH DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR WEALTH ACCOUNT?

Think of your health like a bank account. If you work hard at it and put a small but daily deposit into your health (bank) account, you will reap the rewards over the long term. Not exactly glamorous I know, but effective. If you have failed to do this you have more than likely been slowly gathering debt. And the more you have been spending the worse the debt.

If you had a $100,000 in your account and you decided to indulge and spend some, do you think it’s going to affect you long term? You’d probably have a lot of fun and make it up over the next few weeks.

Now imagine if you were a $100,000 in debt. If you decided to do the same indulgence, do you think you would enjoy it? You would more than likely feel guilty and hate yourself for doing it.

So the question is, if you your health is like a bank account, are you in the black (positive) or are you in the red (negative), and if so, by how much?

Naturally the more you are in debt, the longer it’s going to take to pay it off. The less you pay, the longer it’s going to take.

How do you define health? Are you in debt or are you wealthy? Would love to hear your thoughts… Cheers, Guy

Diet For Disease Prevention and Senior Health Care

Maintaining a healthy diet throughout life can do more than just keep you slim and fit. Healthy eating is important to senior health care and can sometimes prevent diseases such as heart disease and cancer, as well as provide relief for diseases such as osteoporosis. Unfortunately, the importance of eating well is often pushed aside by our busy day to day lives. We continue to jeopardize our future health and get caught up in the cycle of fast food, large portions and sodium laden meals. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be daunting on our schedules, or mean giving up all the food we love. A simple eating plan can actually make meals and snacks more efficient for both our time and our bodies.

While a healthy diet is important for an individual of any age, it is especially important for seniors and senior health care. Creating a healthy lifestyle while we are younger, and maintaining it as we grow older, can prevent many senior health care issues, and keep disease at bay. While many seniors rely on specialized senior services for their senior health care needs, it’s important to do all we can beforehand to maintain our health and practice preventative care. Below is a list of diseases and the foods that help to prevent or manage disease:

Osteoporosis

Our bones continue to grow until we reach our maximum bone density somewhere in our late twenties or early thirties. Slowly as we age our bones become less dense which can eventually lead to Osteoporosis. Building up our bone density while we are young is a sure prevention method, but there are a variety of foods that can help prevent or provide relief from the disease as well. These are:

o Foods rich in Vitamin D such as dairy products, oily fish, and liver are vital for bone production. Exposure to sunlight also produces Vitamin D. Calcium, in low fat milk and other dairy products, is equally important for healthy bones.
o Aside from nutrition, exercising regularly with low- or high-impact cardiovascular activities can force bones to strengthen. Many senior citizen communities and activity centers offer physical activity and exercise programs ideal for seniors.

Heart Disease

Coronary heart disease is a senior health care issue that can also be prevented through healthy lifestyle choices. Heredity, and poor diet are risk factors for heart disease, and a variety of basic nutrition solutions can prevent or help individuals manage the disease. These include:

o Removing saturated fats from your diet. Replace them with unsaturated fats such as skimmed milk, low fat cheese, and lean meat.
o Eat fruits and vegetables, and limit your total fat intake.
o Eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as mackerel or salmon, and grill any meat to remove the fat.
o Adding soy to your diet will reduce cholesterol, and also lower the risk of heart disease.
o Stay away from Trans fats found in fried foods and some baked goods.

Cancer

Research has shown that eating a healthy diet and practicing healthy lifestyle habits can prevent the onset of cancer. Risk factors for cancer include smoking, overweight, and excessive drinking. Though quitting smoking and drinking in moderation will help in the prevention of certain cancers, eating vitamin rich foods and avoiding others to maintain a healthy weight can also play a major role in senior health.

o Fruits and vegetables are vital to Cancer prevention and weight control. Eat a large variety every day.
o Avoid large amounts of red meat and processed meats.
o Wholegrain breads and other sources of fiber such as almonds are essential for weight control.
o Eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids as well as beans and legumes that are full of fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates and important minerals.

Eating well and maintaining physical activities don’t guarantee the prevention of disease, but contributes toward your physical and mental well-being. A variety of senior citizen services are available, such as senior nutritionists that can offer advice on healthy eating and exercise to improve or maintain senior health. Other healthy foods to build into your healthy lifestyle include:

o Whole Grains
o Almonds
o Beans and other legumes
o Avocados
o Olive oil
o Dark Chocolate
o Eggs