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A Different Way To Fight Colds and The Flu

As the cold and flu season arrives, so do the commercials for products claiming to relieve the coughing, sneezing, headaches, sore throats and fevers. It's tempting to load up on all the over-the-counter cold and flu medicines and hope they provide some relief.

On the other hand, researchers are discovering more about how the immune system works. What they're finding is the complex interaction of nutrients in food helps your body build its defenses against infection and disease.

In particular, a diet of fruits and vegetables boosts your immune system and fights off illness. The key is not waiting until you get sick. You need to be doing this long before the cold and flu bugs get to you.

Following are a few tips to help prevent colds and the flu during the upcoming season:

Get Enough Sleep - Lack of sleep severely weakens the immune response. Give your body a chance to recharge during the flu season by getting seven to nine hours of sleep per night.

Get Some Exercise - There is strong evidence that people who exercise don't get sick as often. Exercise is important all year, even in the dark and cold of winter.

Get Enough Fresh Air and Sunlight - When we don't get enough sun during the winter, we don't produce much immune-boosting vitamin D. This can lead to colds and the flu.

Stop Consuming Sugar - Studies show the capacity for your white blood cells to destroy bacteria is weakened as sugar consumption rises. Researchers further demonstrated that sugar's impairing effects on white blood cells are not short-lived.

Wash Your Face and Hands - Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. The best way to rid of them is by thoroughly washing your face and hands throughout the day.

Drink More Water - There are a lot of toxins and waste your body is trying to eliminate. If you aren't drinking enough water, it's like flushing a toilet with the tank empty.

A Good Defense Is The Best Offense - Strengthen your immune system with antioxidants (cancer fighters), phytochemicals (plant medicines) and more from fruits and vegetables. Studies show vitamins such as A, B-complex, C, E and others provides a protective benefit against colds and the flu.

Yet people tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables in the winter. Everyone needs at least nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day to get adequate vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a healthy immune system.

Consider Supplementation - Most people don't have time to consume the recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day for good health. My family and I take BarleyLife® Xtra, a supplement I market and sell. It's eighteen fruits and veggies in a powder, plus a whole lot more.

Conclusion

This winter, don't allow yourself to become another cold or flu victim. Take preventive measures such as getting enough sleep, making sure you exercise and washing your face and hands.

Best of all, you can strengthen your immune system this holiday season by taking BarleyLife® Xtra - a different way to fight colds and the flu.

Hey, who said you have to be sick this winter?