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Top 10 Natural Immune Enhancers

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Dear Friends,

On 18 April 2009, Ms Ruth Tay, the Nutrition Consultant and me did a health talk at NLB. The topic was "Power Up Your Immune System". The response was overwhelming, as the talk was reported by the press.

Could it be a coincidence that the following week, news of swine flu outbreak started to flood the headlines.

This has prompted the World Health Organization to heighten its pandemic alert level from phase 3 to phase 4.

That means that the swine flu outbreak has taken a "significant step" toward becoming a pandemic.

As you might be aware that currently, there isn't a drug which is able to control the outbreak effectively. So here are the key steps health officials want you to take to protect yourself and others from swine flu.

The Preventive Steps:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner.

  • Avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Avoid touching your mouth, nose, or eyes.

  • If you're sick, stay at home. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you sneeze, and throw the tissue in the trash afterward.

  • Have enough sleep is the natural immune booster and there is no known substance that is able to substitue for sleep!

  • Exercise moderately is well known to boost the immune system

  • More raw and fresh fruit and vegetable juices to provide essential phytochemicals, enzymes and minerals for better immune response and better anti-oxidative stress.

The Natural Immune Boosters:

On top of that, there're some natural substances and supplements that are known to boost immune system that might help to beef up our first line of defence as highlighted in the talks:

Not highlighted in the talk, but you might want to consider:

  • Echinacea extract: used for the treatment of recurrent respiratory and urinary tract infections.
  • Bee Propolis: Preliminary studies suggest it may be active against bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms when applied topically.
  • Elderberry juice: good for respiratory tract infection. The juice supplies vitamin C to assist in the prevention and treatment of colds, it also acts as a demulcent to soothe the chest.
  • GoChi Juice: has been clinically proven to strengthen immune system in just 30 days.

Last but not least, please refrain from ingesting too much of refined sugar, as it's also known to depress the immune system. Also excessive mental stress is known to depress the immune system, learn deep relaxation and breathing technique, call us for recommendation.

Edwin Low