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Building Your Immune System Naturally

Updated on October 22, 2011

Enjoy Herbal Teas for Enhanced Immunity!

Take good care of yourself!

One way to avoid catching colds and flu and to just stay generally healthy is to have a strong immune system. In addition to simply exercising common sense by eating right, avoiding alcohol and tobacco products, getting moderate exercise and plenty of rest, there are a number of things you can do to enhance your immune system. Enhancing your immune system will help you avoid becoming sick in the first place. If you do get sick, a strong immune system will help you fight whatever is ailing you so that you can be back on your feet quickly.

Enhance your immune system by being properly nourished. Avoid processed foods. Try to stick with whole, unprocessed foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and lean meats. Go organic if you can afford it. Be sure to take your vitamins - especially C and B. These are great immune system builders. Additionally, drink plenty of pure water to keep your system clean and functioning properly.

Delicious herbal teas can help you relax and stay hydrated. Stress can weaken your immune system. High quality herbal teas can enhance your immune system and help you avoid becoming sick. If you do feel under the weather or stressed, herbal teas can help you relax and manage your symptoms.

Echinacea tea is well-known for boosting the immune system, and I have found that drinking it helps me to feel better right away if feel as if I am catching a cold. Chamomile tea is very relaxing and can help calm jangled nerves. Peppermint tea has purifying properties and can help clear your sinuses and soothe your throat if you do catch a cold. Licorice tea is also a wonderful, tasty tea to drink if you have a scratchy throat. It coats your throat and helps you feel better.

Check out the tea section at your local health food store or supermarket for delicious blends that will help you stay strong and healthy all year round.

Practice good personal hygiene. Stay clean. Brush your teeth. Wash your hands frequently. Change your clothing frequently, especially if you work in health care or with animals. Avoid being around sick people as much as you can, but when it is unavoidable, protect yourself properly with gloves, masks, and so on.

Don't Be Overly Influenced by Scare Tactics!

Turn off your TV - especially during times when “new and dangerous” viruses are being propagandized. Get the basic information you need from a reliable source like:

The Centers for Disease Control
http://www.cdc.gov/

Then get on with your life. Realize that various industries including the media, the pharmaceutical companies, and the insurance companies make money by scaring you and causing you stress. Don’t become a victim of their feeding frenzy.

Enjoy yourself! Laugh often, it increases endorphin levels and enhances your immune system. Practice deep breathing, meditations, and simple, quiet down time. Spend time with your friends and family. Enjoy your hobbies and pass-times. Be sure to get plenty of rest and take good care of yourself. These simple steps will enhance your immune system and keep it strong and healthy to fight off colds, flu, and other maladies all year round.

Copyright: SuzanneBennett: May 7, 2009

Trust your immune system!

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks! :)

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    pressingtheissue 5 years ago from Pa

    I voted this article up Suzanne, It's real important that we educate our friends, family, and peers about keeping a healthy immune system.

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks! Yeah, you know, the fact is that staying healthy and attaining and maintaining ideal weight has never changed! Eat, whole unprocessed foods, drink plenty of pure water, enjoy herbal teas, and get plenty of exercise and plenty of sleep. If you do these things, you will have a strong immune system and be healthy! All the new and improved diets, superfoods, and other nonsense are just ploys to get us to spend money!

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    Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

    Informative and helpful Hub. All your suggestions and advice are just as important and relevant now as they were in 2009. Thanks for sharing with us.

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Glad you liked it! :)

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    Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

    Great article Suzanne and voted up and useful. With the fall and winter season upon us, this is a perfect time to begin building our immune system up. You list some very important steps and all make sense. This is a very beneficial article for everyone. Well written Suzanne. Hope you have a great weekend.

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    Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

    Great advice that can help everybody out....doing it naturally only makes it better. You have presented the information in an interesting and useful way...voted up and awesome.

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Thanks Eiddwen! :)

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    A brilliantly useful hub ,thanks for sharing and here's to many more to share on here.

    Take care

    Eiddwen.

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    justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

    Many thanks, all! :)

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    Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

    This is a nice summary of ways of building up the immune system. I do a lot of the things you mentioned, as well as taking vitamin D.

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    DeBorrah K Ogans 5 years ago

    justmesuzanne, Nice hub! Great pracitcal Naturopathic ways of improving your immune system! Oh the benefits of herbal teas! Laughter is also medicine for the soul!

    Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

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    Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

    Nuturopathic methods should be the rule, and pharmaceuticals should be the exception...Thanks for building this great hub and sharing it with us.

    P.S.

    I love your directive to "laugh often," it really works.