Thu, 06 Jan 2011 13:54:54 GMT

Fight the flu with these helpful guidelines

Flu and bacterial, viral and fungal infections are prevalent in monsoon/winter. While we can’t do much about the weather, we can certainly beat the bugs by strengthening our immune system.

Fight the flu with these helpful guidelines

The simplest way to boost immunity is through good diet, plenty of exercise, yoga, adequate rest, sleep and stress control. A healthy immune system requires a number of nutrients, including proteins, essential fats, vitamins and minerals.

Conversely junk food, refined sugar and fats and white rice are low in vitamins and minerals, and if taken in excess can weaken the immune system.

Proteins play an important role in boosting the immune system, which is responsible for fighting infections. Inadequate amount of protein prevents the body from making the necessary antibodies.

Other nutrients that aid in immunity are beta-carotene, B complex vitamins, vitamins C and E, minerals like selenium, zinc, iron, copper and magnesium, folic acid and prebiotic and probiotic foods.

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