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by Steve Halsall
A Celebrity Personal Trainer
It is the time of year when one hears so many people sniffing and spluttering on trains, tubes and at work. I both despair and have sympathy with the tissue clutching hoards who I come into contact with every day. Having a low immune system makes you vulnerable to the viruses and diseases that kick around and although the obvious solution is four weeks in the sun, you can do an awful lot to build your defences.
Exercise is a bit of a paradox when it comes to strengthening immunity, immediately after bouts of exercise immunity drops, then over the next few days it gathers momentum and becomes stronger. Regular exercise helps eliminate toxins and waste as well as keeping all of your internal organs super efficient. It need not be hours and hours but making time 3-4 times per week will make you stronger and less likely to catch something.
A lot has been written about the power of positive nutrition and I can only echo the thousands of nutritionists that recommend avoiding processed food, alcohol and sugar and keeping it clean. Consuming regular amounts of pure water and making time to ensure that you put yourself first will always help in reducing the risk of a low immune system. Popping a good multivitamin during the winter months will help join the nutritional dots but all efforts should be made to eat really nutritious food.
More importantly in my view is that a combination of great sleep and a low stress will go a long way into keeping yourself fit and well. Great recovery combined with a positive attitude will all add up to a fit and focused way of being.
Sleep of course help the body heal and recover, getting a quality 7-8 hours a night ensure that the foundations of a strong immune system are made. Being emotionally strong and having a handle of your stress will be strongly affected by a combination of the previous actions of exercise, sleep and great food.
It is a circle of behaviour and you are only as good as your weakest link. Pushing on all fronts a little is better than just relying on one component of well-being. Be holistic, be positive and be invincible.
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