Have a Quality Health by Reward Me

How to help your body stay healthy

Eating well and stressing less can help diminish your susceptibility to catching bugs!

When it comes to diet, there’s a lot you can do to keep the bugs at bay.

Number one is getting your fill of eight glasses of water daily, which should be part of your regular routine every day, but more so during the colder months. Water is used by every cell in your body and is essential for flushing out toxins and germs. If water isn’t your beverage of choice, make it more appealing by adding, for example, lemon wedges. Hot tea, especially peppermint tea, is also a good option.

Indulging in heavy, hearty meals is definitely not advisable. Feasting on high-calorie, sugary or fatty foods such as pastries, cookies and highly processed foods increases your blood glucose levels causing your white blood cells to become sluggish and less able to fight off viruses. Instead, focus on nutrient-rich foods such as low-fat yoghurt, nuts and seeds, omega 3-rich fish such as salmon, vitamin-rich vegetables such as leafy greens, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and broccoli, and lean protein such as chicken to help you ward off illness. Also add lots of garlic to your food – it contains allicin, a potent antimicrobial that helps to fend off bacteria and viruses.

Some of the best antioxidants for keeping you healthy are vitamins A, C and E. Vitamin A is a disease-fighting antioxidant and immune-system booster that helps prevent and fight off infections by regulating the immune system that makes white blood cells, which destroy harmful bacteria and viruses. The recommended daily allowance (RDA) is 4 000 IU (International Units) daily for women and 5 000 IU daily for men.

Vitamin A is found in foods such as milk, liver and eggs as well as in carrots, peas, squash and leafy greens. Vitamin C is found in strawberries, kiwi fruit, red peppers and citrus. Aim for between 500 to 1 000mg of vitamin C daily. Vitamin E is another great fighter. The RDA for women is 8mg and 10mg for men. Taking vitamin C along with vitamin E may enhance its antioxidant power.


Become a member of Reward Me and get exclusive offers!

Become a member

Stop stress
Psychological stress can increase your susceptibility to falling ill. But it’s not the stress that makes us ill. Stress sets up other conditions in the body that make us vulnerable. The stress hormone circuit interacts with the immune system, causing levels of important lymphocytes to drop. High levels of cortisone hamper disease-fighting white blood cells because the body, thinking that it’s in acute stress mode, sends the immune cells elsewhere, rather than where they’re needed. Try Tai chi, yoga or other forms of exercise. Breathing exercises also help reduce stress.

Try this: lie down; take a deep breath into your stomach. Place your hand on your stomach and feel the breath going into the abdomen as it rises. Count to six and slowly breathe out to a count of 10. Repeat until you feel relaxed.

For more fun tips on staying fit click here.

Feel alive with more tips on healthy living by clicking here.

© Gallo Images

Confirm your personal information

In order to finalize your request, please fill-in the requested information below.




well said..

  • Report it