If you’ve been struck down with a cold or flu this winter, you’re definitely not alone. However, if you’re prone to one illness after another with little break in between, your daily habits may be wreaking havoc on your immunity.
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For instance, medical researchers blame stress, medications, eating habits, and no surprise, lack of shut eye, for lowered immunity and your body’s inability to ward off all types of viruses, illness, and infections. Are you guilty of any of these weakening immune system habits?
Detoxes and Cleanses
Those who attempt a detox or a juice cleanse for the first time often do so with the best intentions. However, frequent yo-yo dieters (and yes, we call any extreme form of calorie restriction a fad diet around here) often makes a mess of their overall health. Dr. Michael D. Gershon, professor of pathology and cell biology at Columbia University, says juice cleanses “are based on quack science, and the only weight you lose is water weight [which] can even do your body a lot of harm.”
According to medical professionals any calorically restricted diet (i.e., juice cleanses, detoxes, Paleo, Atkins) will make you fall ill more frequently because of the lack of essential vitamins and minerals. Instead, aim to eat healthy, well balanced meals that incorporate a good mix of magnesium, zinc, healthy fats, lean proteins, and selenium to support the immune system.