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not sneezing,coughing, or sniffling

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Is anyone else getting a sick bug around here? I’ve been noticing so many people coming down with the flu and feeling under the weather lately. However, I have managed to keep myself away from the bug! I truly believe that being healthy and having an active lifestyle has helped my 

immune system greatly. I rarely get sick and if I do, it’s only a sore throat for a few days. (knock on wood…I probably just jinxed myself 😉 )

After noticing that I’ve been relatively free of any sort of sickness besides getting chilly (because it’s so cold outside, haha), I decided to research if eating healthy and having an active lifestyle deters many illnesses from entering our systems…and this is what I found..

Have you ever heard of probiotics? They’re the healthy bacteria that live in the intestines and they help with digestion. Studies have shown the probiotics also help the immune response by preventing colds and flu and speeding recovery time. They’re found in yogurt, kefir, and other cultured milk products like sour cream. **You can also receive probiotics in supplement forms!** To further the study of preventing the flu and cold, an article published in Medical Journal Pediatrics shows an experiment of 326 children in China. They all were 3-5 years old20120127kefiryogurts Probiotics-reduce-diarrhea and were given milk twice daily with probiotics Lactobacillus acidophilus by itself or combined with bifidobaterium animalis. After six months, the study showed the one probiotic was helpful, but the group with two probiotics did better. The one probiotic had 53% less fevers, and 41% less coughs and 28% less runny noses and when they were sick, and their illness were shorter than 1/3 of the placebo group and they used 68% less antibiotics. They also missed 38% less school than the placebo group. When it came to the children who took both of the probiotics, they had 72% less fevers, 62% less coughs and 59% less runny noses. In addition their duration of sickness was half of that in the placebo group and missed slightly less school than the one probiotic group. This group also used 84% less antibiotics! That definitely shows eating healthy foods like yogurt makes a difference in our health and well being alone!

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Additionally I found a study that shows exercise improves the immune system as well! In one study reported in the American Journal of Medicine, women who walked for a half-hour every day for one year had half the number of colds as women who did not exercise. In this study, researchers associated regular walking with increasing levels of infection-fighting white blood cells. The article states that regular exercise appears to be able to jump-start the immune system and that can help reduce the number of colds you get!

So get a little bit of walkin’ & little bit of healthy eatin’ in daily to prevent those awful colds that are going around 🙂

 

Sources: http://www.naturalnews.com/027574_probiotics_colds.html

http://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/exercise-when-you-have-cold

 

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51 thoughts on “not sneezing,coughing, or sniffling

  1. During cold and flu season I take one capsule of Olive Leaf. It works within 24 hours, unlike other herb medications. I take it as soon as any one around me sounds like they are getting sick. I usually take it daily from December through February and seldom get sick. I eat very well (except for occassional night snacking) and try to exercise 3-5 times a week. I wash my hands frequently and use hand cleansers and lysol around the office. It’s worked so far every year.

  2. I don’t do dairy, but I eat lots of healthy veggies and fruits and whole foods and am thankful to be so healthy!! I arm my body with antioxidant, vitamin enriched food and also wash my hands like a mad woman! Haha!

  3. I’d also say, washing the hands is half the battle (and eating healthy the other half…).
    Additionally I’m trying to support my immune system with something already the Ancient Romans did: drinking cider vinegar every morning – just 2 tbs in one glass of water. Works well.

  4. I’m sitting here sneezing, coughing and sniffling, and I usually never get colds or flu. I’ve always attributed my ‘usually’ strong immune system to a positive mental attitude. However, I better come back and spend more time on your blog 🙂

  5. Awesome advice! I also add LunaRich X which works naturally at the cellular level and has over 40 independent clinical studies with support for: Antioxidant benefits, Improved immunity, Heart health, Cholesterol management, Inflammation reduction, and overall cellular health! I haven’t had a cold or flu in over five years. If anyone would like more information you can go to my website at: http://wealththrunutrition.com/lunarich-x-lunasin-extract

  6. Would you like me to airmail you some homemade chicken noodle soup with lots of garlic??? Smells great in my kitchen! This is the time when all that disciplined and preventive “eating right even when I’d rather have a burger” comes into play, doesn’t it? 🙂 Thank you for inspiring people to eat healthily, we all appreciate you!

    1. haha! I absolutely love homemade chicken noodle soup. sounds like a great lunch for today 🙂 You’re oh so welcome and thank you for your generous words- I appreciate them greatly. have an awesome day!

    1. you’re welcome! and I know it’s ridiculous. I’m so thankful for my health and well being. I hope you have an awesome day. I always enjoy reading your posts- nutrition is such an intriguing aspect of both of our lives 😉 have a great day!

  7. Yes, I missed the gym for 3 days because of this bug. I’m not coughing or sneezing just lethargic. sometimes feeling unwell. I’m loading up on vitamin C. p.s. thanks for liking my page.

  8. Over here in Europe, doctors recommend that you take Zinc capsules when your immune system is acting up. I’ve been taking them because I got sooooo sick almost all the time, and had this lingering cough that would never give me peace. Seems to be working, finally! 🙂

    1. Last winter my immune system was a joke. I got sick more than 3 times, so decided to do something about it. For over the past half year I’m taking vitamin C + Zink daily so the immune system seems to have recovered. It even passed the test of being near some sneezy noses in the same room for the longer part of the day. It must be it, because I don’t do sports during the winter.
      I do eat healthy too, but I always try to.

  9. Great reporting. I personally drink Good Belly [ http://www.goodbelly.com/probiotic-drink/ ] . Though the things you wrote about are good as well. I have drank Kefiir before.

    I take my daily supplements and Tart Cherry juice(helps ex-spell excess acid from the body) and chlorophyll (helps with transport of oxygen through the body). Also Trace Minerals (liquid form from Great Salt Lakes in Utah). Thus far has been helpful for me.

    Again great post. Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    Chef Randall
    savorthefood.wordpress.com

  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog:) This is a really great post, it’s so true. I used to get a cold with every new season, but after I started eating less meat and thinking a little more about my health I hardly ever get them. Apart from a mild one last summer I haven’t had a bad cold/flu for two years. I also really hope I haven’t jinxed myself now;)

  11. Staying healthy and preventing illness for me is taking vitamines, walking for exercise, and doing a nasal wash when I feel congested – so far, so good! Hope you stay well too, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  12. thanks for checking out my blog and now I have looked at your blog. Very well done, really like the color and zip of your page, I suggest you add more categories or headers for organizing. I am impressed how many followers, that is cool. Health is an issue I am interested in but I have special restrictions on what I can eat because I have a kidney transplant, had it for 25 years but having some problems now but I feel very blessed. Keep up the writing, and maybe do another page about other interests, where you live, vacations, movies, books, I sense your enthusiasm – maybe you have a book in you!

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