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Secrets Of The Chronically Sickless

There is a Japanese superstition that stupid people are immune to colds. Similarly, In France, coryza, a condition similar to a cold, is called “rhume de cerveau” or brain cold, the takeaway being that people without brains can’t catch the sickness. And, of course, you may be more familiar with the English expression, “too slow to catch a cold.” Perhaps this is a reference to idiots being too stupid to realize they have a cold, or perhaps it means that only an idiot would do things that cause colds. Or maybe it’s just sour grapes on the part of the chronically infirm.
Either way, the outtake is this, you have to be pretty smart to outsmart a cold. So, let’s take some time to explore the “Secrets of the Chronically Sickless.”

Woman exercising
1. They Exercise
According to David Nieman, DrPH. director oaf the Human Performance Lab, “exercise is the single most important thing o can do to reduce sick days.” Although scientists are yet to find a likely explanation, one thing is for sure, consistent exercise is good for the immune system. And, you don’t have to take up a second residence at the gym to reap the rewards. Says Nieman,” People who exercise for 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week have a 46% reduction in the number of days of illness compared with those who don’t exercise.”

2. They Wash Their Hands
Your fingertips can be breeding ground for bacteria, and research shows you touch your face about 16 times each hour. The CDC recommends washing hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds to keep germs to a minimum. If you can’t get to a sink, hand sanitizers with at least 60% alcohol can provide a decent backup, although a proper hand washing is preferable.

3. They Have Lots of Sex
Well, if you needed an excuse, researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania found that college students who had sex once or twice a week had higher levels of an immune system protein called immunoglobin A, as compared with their less lucky counterparts.

Woman eating 4. They Mix Up Their Meals
Jackie Newgent, RDB says, “There’s not just one specific nutrient or food component that’s linked to staying healthy. Instead, it’s about synergy. Aim to fill half your plate with non starchy vegetables.” They are full of antioxidants to support your immune system. Include green tea in your diet. It increases the number of regulatory T cells, which are important to the immune system and try probiotics. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition found that college students who consumed probiotics had fewer sick days and recovered faster that those who didn’t.

5. They Get Lots of Z’s
Americans who say they have above average health sleep an average of 18 to 23 minutes more per night than those who reported their health as fair or poor, says the National Sleep Foundation. The immune system needs sleep to keep healthy and studies found that people who get less than 6 yours shuteye a night are four times as likely to catch a cold than those who get 7 hours.

How do you stay chronically sickless? We would all love to know your secrets! Send them on in!

Foods and Supplements that Support Immune Health

“The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition” Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

When looking at the history of immunology, it is apparent that the earliest milestone was the vaccination. In 1796, Edward Jenner introduced the small pox vaccine, and admittedly these practices had their benefits, However, by the late 18th to early 19th century, forward thinking of men, like Thomas Edison, began making some very accurate predictions.

While pharmaceuticals are still beneficial and are widely used, it is becoming apparent that the foods we eat may be the most powerful medicines of all.

1. Grass Fed Unpasteurized Organic Milk
Organic milk which comes from grass-fed down contains bacteria and beneficial fats that boost the immune system and can decrease allergies. It is packed with zinc, vitamin A, and enzymes and is not related to health problems associated with pasteurized milk, such as skin rashes, diarrhea, cramps and rheumatoid arthritis.

whey protein 2. Whey Protein
It was good enough for Little Miss Muffett. Since raw milk may be hard to come by, it can be substituted with whey protein that also comes from grass-fed cows for similar health benefits.
Whey is a liquid that separates out from the curd in cheese production, hence curds and whey. It dries to a powdered form in which the nutrients are concentrated and is prepared for packaging and use. In addition, because whey protein contains immunoglobulins and beta glucan, it can fight colds and flu while supporting the detoxification process in the body.

3. Fermented Foods
Fermented foods are perhaps the most crucial in improving immunity and kefir is one of the most helpful examples. It is rich in enzymes and packed with microorganisms to boost immunity and keep your “inner ecosystem” running efficiently. Other fermented foods include kimchee, tempeh, pickles, sauerkraut, olives, and yogurt. The secret behind fermented foods is their high levels of friendly bacteria which effect the gut’s immune system, which protects against pathogens and helps to produce antibodies.

4. Organic Raw Eggs From Free- Range Chickens
If Sly Stallone can eat them, so can you. Raw eggs are an exceptional source of high-quality fat and protein that many people lack. As long as you have a reliable source for getting these babies, you need not fear salmonella.

coconut oil 5. Coconut Oil And Coconuts
Coconut oil is an excellent source of lauric acid, which your body converts to monolaurin. Monolaurin is the compound in breast milk responsible for keeping a baby’s immunity healthy. It is also beneficial to the thyroid and improves metabolism. According to research, lauric acid also has the ability to disturb lipid membranes of disruptive organisms. Try to choose coconuts and coconut oils that are unrefined, unbleached, and organic, produced without chemicals or heat processing and are non-GMO.

ORAC Values
ORAC is the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity and the ORAC score is a way of assigning a value to the antioxidant value of foods and supplements, with the higher scores representing the most effective foods. You can check a food’s ORAC score on the ORAC Values website. Stay well and eat well during this flu season and load up on the foods with the biggest nutritional content and feel free to let us know what foods are getting you through this cold and flu season.