10 Ways To Stay Healthy Year Round

Call it luck, call it a strict regimen, or call it great personal up keep. Either way the fact that some people just never seem to get sick, and others seem to be huddled up at home every other week is defintiely down to the choices made and the lifestyles led by each individual. There is no sure fire way to staying well all year round. When colds and the flu run rampant it’s hard to fend them off entirely. However there are certain tricks that can be adopted into your everyday life that can increase the ability to fight off the peskiest of illnesses.


1. Less Stress

Stress is one of he main factors in the decline and damage of the immune system and the heart. Stress also increases the chances of contracting bacterial infections, such as tuberculosis thanks in part to the weakened immune system and inability to fight infection. Exercise and constant physical activity of some kind are among the leading ways to combat stress.

2. Brewer’s Yeast

Just one tablespoon packs in most of the B vitamins allotted in the daily recommended amount needed, including thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, B6, folic acid and biotin. Without enough of these vitamins, the body isn’t able to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins; the vitamins are also essential for healthy hair, skin, nerves, blood cells.

3. Eat Less

Calorie restriction has been directly linked to lower incidences of age-related health problems, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s. In doing this, always be safe, start by limiting simple sugars and flours, and pack your meals with dark leafy greens and other vegetables.

4. Get Dirty

Sometimes getting dirty is okay, and even necessary. Being overly clean, with hand sanitizers, soaps and other cleaning products, erodes the good and bacteria from the skin cells. Having both forms of bacteria on the skin helps the body to maintain a nice balance in health. “Good” germs can improve your metabolism, enhance your immunity and reduce inflammation.

5. Herbal

About one-quarter of all prescription drugs are derived from plants. Herbal remedies and plants can alleviate high blood pressure, stimulate the nervous system, destroy germs and boost the immune system.

6. Get Out & Mingle

Studies show that people with strong friendships tend to have more robust immune systems and are less likely to succumb to infectious diseases. that those with a substantial amount of friends lowered their risk of heart disease, depression, cognitive disorders and anxiety.

7. Balance the pH

According to some practitioners of alternative medicine, the body is healthiest when its systems are functioning midway between completely acidic and completely alkaline or pH balanced. Most vegetables are alkalizing, so a diet packed with veggies can reduce your risk of being too acidic. Include lots of dark leafy greens, green beans, asparagus and carrots in your diet; other alkalizing foods to reach for include cucumbers, coconuts and avocados.

8. Garlic

Garlic, unbeknownst to most, is actually a powerful antioxidant and antibiotic. In addition, garlic has proved efficient in reducing blood pressure and triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Eating it fresh gives you the most nutrients.

9. Detox

lowering the level of synthetic chemicals present in your body will decrease the risk of illness. Digestive issues, fatigue, breakouts or muscle pain are often signs that you could benefit from a detox program, most of which require you to limit meats and avoid wheat, sugar, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.

10. Nap it Up

Sleep deprivation leads to a weakened immune system, which in turn leads to the higher chance of illness. Catching up on rest can help restore the body, and boost overall health. Sleep deprivation has the same biological effect as stress; Overtired bodies ratchet up production of the hormone cortisol, which gives you energy but restricts production of human growth hormone, limiting your body’s ability to repair itself.


Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.

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