7 Things That Could Leave You Extra Vulnerable to Colds and Flu

November 19, 2009 at 7:40 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
1.) Eating too much sugar doesn’t just pack on pounds …
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating 100 g of sugar (think three cans of soda) significantly hampered the ability of white blood cells to kill bacteria for up to 5 hours afterward.

2.) There’s a reason moms and doctors always push fluids on you when you’re sick.
Your body needs plenty of water to flush out toxins”and yes, coffee and tea are acceptable sources. How much fluid you should drink daily varies from person to person. You’re drinking the right amount if your urine is pale yellow.

Drink this immune-boosting beverage instead

3.) You know excess weight is unhealthy for your heart, brain and other organs. But it’s also bad for your immune system.
In fact, those who become most seriously ill with swine flu tend to share the same characteristic: a body mass index over 40, meaning they are morbidly obese. Excess weight can cause hormonal imbalances and inflammation …

clipped from www.prevention.com

Surprising Signs Your Immunity Needs a Boost

How Strong Is Your Immune System?

Some people seem to survive cold and flu season with nary a sniffle.

And yet plenty others seem to catch cold after cold; sidelined with a perpetually stuffed-up nose and hacking cough that lasts all winter long. So what’s different between these two groups? Research shows your cold and flu vulnerability may come down to a few important—and unexpected—habits, like how much sugar you eat or how dry your nose is.

Assess your risk with these 7 signs of impaired immunity, and learn what you can do to stay healthy.

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