To stay healthy you obviously need a strong immune system. But think of how vulnerable you are given your exposure to the elements, daily stress, moving in and out of air conditioning, different venues, along with the demands of rehearsals, sessions, and performance, as well as meeting a number of strangers along the way. So, it’s important to do what you can to assure your immune system is operating at its optimum level.
Diet is one of the keys to maintaining a strong healthy immune system. The body needs fuel for energy along with critical nutrients to make sure all systems are running up to speed. In addition to making sure you drink lots of water and get sufficient sleep and rest each day, there are a few nutritional tips to follow that will help boost your immune system.
Get Your C’s
One of the best nutrients for your immune system is Vitamin C. It helps to boost your body’s production of antibodies and white blood cells that serve to fight infection. Aside from taking a Vitamin C supplement, make sure your daily diet includes citrus fruit such grapefruits and oranges. These are also rich in bioflavonoids, a large class of antioxidants.
Bioflavonoids are compounds found in the skin and pulp of citrus fruits and many other foods rich in Vitamin C. Tea, flaxseed, broccoli, eggplant and whole grains are rich resources for this antioxidant compound.
Zinc has long been lauded for its immunity-boosting properties and is included in many over the counter cold remedies including cough drops, along with Vitamin C. Dietary sources for zinc include beef, dark turkey meat and beans. It is also present in crab meat.
Your body’s T-cell count is boosted by zinc. T-cells fight infection. Zinc also helps your immune system to release more antibodies through its increased production of white cells.
Wild Oats To Sow
Oatmeal is another food that helps to stimulate the immune system. According to www.nutritionj.com oatmeal contains betaglucan. Betaglucan is found most commonly as cellulose in plants, the bran of cereal grains, the cell wall of baker’s yeast, as well as certain fungi, mushrooms and bacteria. Early studies indicate that betaglucan activates cells in the body that attack and kill some tumor cells. You should eat oatmeal at least once a day. For more information visit www.betaglucan.org.
Seeing Red As Tomatoes
Tomatoes are a great immune system booster and can obviously be used in sandwiches, salads, as well as in soups, pasta dishes, salsa and dips. It contains vitamin C as well as antioxidants. Canned tomatoes are also highly recommended because of the increased presence of lycopene, a substance strong in antioxidants.
Flashing Lightbulbs Of Garlic
Garlic is another natural resource for boosting your body’s ability to fight disease. Feel free to use garlic, along with tomatoes, in as many dishes as you desire. It can serve as a flavor enhancer for sauces and soups, as well as grilled meats, poultry and fish. It can added to steamed vegetables, vegetable juices, and can be added to olive oil as a healthy alternative to butter or margarine.
Garlic + Heart = Lifelong Friends
Studies indicate that garlic stimulates production of T-cells and antibodies. Its antioxidant properties are believed to help fight cancer cells. Garlic is also good for your heart. It can help to lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as aid in fighting the process of clogged arteries by stopping platelets from sticking together. See www.healthcastle.com for more information on garlic.
Spice It Up
Spices are another key to encouraging vibrant immune system health. Use lots of chili peppers, onions, radishes, cayenne pepper and garlic in your daily dishes. These spices contain mucolytic agents that dissolve or thin out thick mucus. In other words, they act very much like an expectorant that helps you loosen and get rid of mucus. So, these spices are a natural way to get help with clearing stuffed-up sinuses while also providing some relief from tightness in the chest and other related respiratory problems.
Get A Daily Move On
Finally, daily exercise is vital to stimulating overall optimum health, and that includes your immune system. So engage in at least 20 to 30 minutes per day of a brisk walk or good run in addition to your regular workout. But on days when it’s extremely hot and humid, cut back on the intensity of your routine, and increase your water intake.
These tips will help you fight off potential disease, as well as help you maintain overall good health, increase stamina, boost your energy, and keep a strong, unshakable focus on a healthy pursuit of your singing success.