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Health Tip: Prevent Getting a Cold This Winter

January 27, 2009

          There are a few great ways to help strengthen your immune system so that you don’t fall victim to that dreaded cold this winter. One important thing to remember is that your immune system is strengthened by exercise. Moderate exercise will increase the T cell count in your body. These T cells are the ones that actually attack the bad germs in your body. Doing some yoga, briskly walking a mile, tai chi or just some push-ups and crunches will help that immune system keep you healthy. Exercise will also keep a smile on your face during the depressing winter season. Instead of sleeping an extra 4 hours, use that time to exercise and keep yourself out of the clutches of the nasty cold.
            When some people get the slightest feeling of being sick they start pounding the vitamin C. Vitamin C is probably the best immune boosting nutrient we can take but how much should we be taking? Eating as much as 500 milligrams of vitamin C is good way to keep your immune system strong and keep you away from a cold. It’d be hard to get this much purely from oranges, so find a good chewable supplement. When you’re getting sick should you start munching those vitamin Cs? Not necessarily. Studies show that, when you are sick, taking 1 gram or 1000 milligrams is a good amount to increasing the efficacy of your immune system. You should take 500 milligrams in the morning and another 500 at night. That will probably be sufficient to help you get over whatever sickness you get from school, work or your kids.

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  1. Jason permalink
    February 13, 2009 5:55 AM

    Great post, and it’s timely during these wintery and cold days. I am also a great believer in getting your vitamin C through diet, and I have a new post which shows you the top 10 superfruits with the highest vitamin C content here on my blog which you might find useful.

    Thanks, Jason

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