3 Active Steps for Better Immune Health

Health experts agree there is an urgent need to implement targeted solutions aimed at preventing chronic illness. With access to the right information, everyone can improve their health and the health of their loved ones.

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Most health-oriented websites and blogs emphasize the importance of boosting, supporting, or strengthening your immune system for better health. This advice is usually given with the promise that if you just add more exercise and food planning, you will live a happy, stress free, and fulfilling life. What these articles neglect to mention is that the immune system is not some separate entity − your immune system is a part of the complete you. Supporting yourself, all aspects of yourself, makes you healthy.

Making abrupt or sweeping life changes is not realistic or sustainable.

Understanding why you are making changes will increase the likelihood that these changes will become part of your long-term lifestyle. Slow, methodical changes are easier to adopt and maintain than radical sweeping ones.

Immune health is the same as your health -and you have to make the path to health work for you. Making abrupt or sweeping life changes is not realistic or sustainable. Creating health is not a fad – it is a lifestyle choice. Start with something small, something that you think is interesting. Don’t take one guide as the end all, be all.
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1Follow a Healthy Diet

Changing your diet is a basic first step towards boosting your immune system and overall health. It can also be one of the hardest health improvements to make because eating habits are so personal.

Diet and Nutrition

When preparing to make changes in your diet, choose one item at a time. Find a particular item that you would like to change. For example, if you think that dairy might not be the best for you, start with making a change in the yogurt, milk, or butter you buy.

Also, start looking into what makes food good for you. You have heard all the buzz words on food packages, but what do they mean?

American Cancer Society Director of Healthy Eating, Active Living Colleen Doyle, MS, RD, gives tips that you can easily work into your hectic schedule at work, with the kids, and when dining out.

Vitamins & Minerals

Vitamins like C and D, and minerals such as sulfur and selenium, are important for the daily functioning of our bodies. The foods we eat, environment we live in, and lifestyles we choose can affect how much nutrition we get.

Some foods come naturally loaded with certain vitamins and minerals, while other foods are ‘fortified,’ which means these nutrients have been added during the manufacturing process.

2Avoid Environmental Toxins and Toxic Chemicals

Healthier Alternatives

If you’re a consumer of suntan lotion or lawn pesticides, look into the potential negatives, and eliminate or find alternatives for specific problems. When that change becomes part of your routine, make another change.

3Adopt Healthy Living Behaviors

Exercise

Want to feel better, have more energy, and perhaps even live longer? Look no further than exercise. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity are hard to ignore. And the benefits of exercise are yours for the taking, regardless of your age, sex, or physical ability. Need more convincing to exercise?

Check out these 7 ways exercise can improve your life:

1Exercise controls weight

Exercise can help prevent excess weight gain or help maintain weight loss. When you engage in physical activity, you burn calories. The more intense the activity, the more calories you burn. You don’t need to set aside large chunks of time for exercise to reap weight-loss benefits. If you can’t do an actual workout, get more active throughout the day in simple ways — by taking the stairs instead of the elevator or revving up your household chores.

2Exercise combats health conditions and diseases

Worried about heart disease? Hoping to prevent high blood pressure? No matter what your current weight, being active boosts high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or “good,” cholesterol and decreases unhealthy triglycerides. This one-two punch keeps your blood flowing smoothly, which decreases your risk of cardiovascular diseases. In fact, regular physical activity can help you prevent or manage a wide range of health problems and concerns, including stroke, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, depression, certain types of cancer, arthritis and falls.

3Exercise improves mood

Need an emotional lift? Or need to blow off some steam after a stressful day? A workout at the gym or a brisk 30-minute walk can help. Physical activity stimulates various brain chemicals that may leave you feeling happier and more relaxed. You may also feel better about your appearance and yourself when you exercise regularly, which can boost your confidence and improve your self-esteem.

4Exercise boosts energy

Winded by grocery shopping or household chores? Regular physical activity can improve your muscle strength and boost your endurance. Exercise and physical activity deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues and help your cardiovascular system work more efficiently. And when your heart and lungs work more efficiently, you have more energy to go about your daily chores.

5Exercise promotes better sleep

Struggling to fall asleep? Or to stay asleep? Regular physical activity can help you fall asleep faster and deepen your sleep. Just don’t exercise too close to bedtime, or you may be too energized to fall asleep.

6Exercise puts the spark back into your sex life

Do you feel too tired or too out of shape to enjoy physical intimacy? Regular physical activity can leave you feeling energized and looking better, which may have a positive effect on your sex life. But there’s more to it than that. Regular physical activity can lead to enhanced arousal for women. And men who exercise regularly are less likely to have problems with erectile dysfunction than are men who don’t exercise.

7Exercise can be fun

Exercise and physical activity can be a fun way to spend some time. It gives you a chance to unwind, enjoy the outdoors or simply engage in activities that make you happy. Physical activity can also help you connect with family or friends in a fun social setting. So, take a dance class, hit the hiking trails or join a soccer team. Find a physical activity you enjoy, and just do it. If you get bored, try something new.

The bottom line on exercise

Exercise and physical activity are a great way to feel better, gain health benefits and have fun. As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. If you want to lose weight or meet specific fitness goals, you may need to exercise more. Remember to check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program, especially if you haven’t exercised for a long time, have chronic health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes or arthritis, or you have any concerns.

Source
  1. 4 Healthy lifestyle factors help ward off chronic disease. Diet, exercise, low body mass index and not smoking can reduce the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.
  2. Lifestyle Choices: Root Causes of Chronic Diseases
  3. Chronic Disease Prevention and the New Public Health
  4. 7 benefits of regular physical activity

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Laurette Janak

Bruce,
What an excellent visual aid you had to demonstrate the shift in cognition with the accumulative effect of chemical toxins. Your talk is so important because the failure to look at the entire picture of chemical mixtures results in the false assumption that each individual chemical is safe. Thank you !!! Laurette Janak

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Good nutrition supported with vitamins/minerals/supplements, are the keys to excellent health.
Even eating a healthy, toxic free diet 25/7 does not, will not furnish all the nutrients the body and immune system needs.
Healthier, yes! Disease free, no. Not with the compromised
food supple system we have today. Just vitamin ‘C’ , 3 grams a day alone can make a huge difference depending on age and health. I am a healthy 83 …dez…

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