Super Immunity: The Tips and Tricks of People Who Never Get Sick

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We all know someone who NEVER gets sick, even when everyone around them is hacking, snotty, coughing, and feeling miserable. They, somehow, manage to be in picture perfect health. Annoying, right? Well, if you’ve ever wondered what they’re doing that you’re not, you’re about to find out! Here are five simple ways to boost your own immunity.

1.    Stay Hydrated. I know this one may sound too simple to be effective, but being “simple” doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. Staying hydrated is essential to your immune system. Fluids help your body to flush out toxins, bacteria, and viruses from your system. By drinking plenty of liquids (ideally water), you are cleansing your body from gunk and junk. Drink approximately half your body weight in ounces daily.

2.    Load Up On Antioxidants. Antioxidants help us fight free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for premature aging, toxic liver, and an overburden immune system. Research suggests that antioxidants help fight free radicals and aid in keeping your immune system and detoxing organs, functioning as optimally as possible. Load up on antioxidant-rich foods, to flood your body with these immune enhancing potent molecules. Excellent sources of antioxidants include goji berries, blueberries, artichokes, green tea, coffee, raspberries, pecans and ground cloves.

3.    Ditch The Sugar. If you want to keep your immune system operating like a champ, staying away from sugar will go a long way. According to Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. author of the book, “Lick The Sugar Habit”, sugar weakens your immune system and feeds the bacteria that keeps you sick and feeling sluggish. Avoiding sugar is key to staying healthy, especially during the times you’re under stress, or in the middle of cold and flu season.

4.    Prioritize Sleep. Getting enough sleep is imperative to your overall well-being. But when it comes to your immune system, without enough sleep, your body’s ability to fight viruses, bacteria, and infections is suppressed. Sleep is also the time where your body heals, recovers, cleanses, and detoxes. Without sleep, your body can’t perform these critical actions that help keep your immune system operating optimally.  Aim for 7-9 hours of quality sleep a night.

5.    De-Stress Often. In the Journal of Nature Reviews Immunology, chronic stress has been found to take a toll on your health, and the overall effectiveness of your immune system. Excessive stress weakens your immune system by throwing your hormones out of balance, and creating a cascading effect of imbalances and conditions. Find your favorite stress management tools that you can whip out on a moment’s notice, to help your body de-stress as often as possible.  Things like meditation, walking in nature, exercising, journaling, laughing, being around loves ones, reading, and having a cup fo tea are all effective and immune promoting tools.

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9 comments on “Super Immunity: The Tips and Tricks of People Who Never Get Sick”

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    Thank You for this article. It came at just the right moment…..definitely helped me make some decisions about my and my family’s health.

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    Private  |  Washington, DC, USA

    Great post! I can proudly say that I am one of those people that can be around others that are sick and not worry about getting a cold. I have been telling people for years that eating sugar is one of the leading causes to sickness. Eating sugary foods have an immediate impact on me. I notice that my nose begins to feel congested but I will attack the bug with herbs or superfoods (e.g. blackseed oil, wheatgrass, echinacea etc) before it takes hold over me. It is well known that a large percent of our immune systems lay in our guts. I have taken this philosophy very seriously. One instance, years ago, when was sacked with sinus issues, I had a colonic and was about 70% better afterward. So, when someone I know or love has a cold the first thing that I ask them is what have they been eating and/or drinking because a lot of drinks alcoholic and non-alcohlic are fraught with sugar.

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    Private  |  Michigan, USA

    Although I agree these are great ways to prevent your chances – with some people it doesn’t make a difference. I’m the health nut that follows all these guidelines. (Getting a good nights sleep is limited since I have a 4 month old.) but i always get sick. I catch all the sicknesses my 7 year old brings home or that I pick up from work. While my husband…who doesn’t exactly follow a total healthy lifestyle has a envious worthy immune system. I think he had a cold once in the 10 years we’ve been together and it lasted a whole 24hours. He had the flu 2 times. And That’s it! He will eat my And the kids left overs. Get sneezed and snoted on. It’s amazing. I think genetics plays a big role.

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    Private  |  CA, USA

    I completely agree that our daily habits, especially sleep and the foods we eat, are vital for good health. However, for those without little ones, kindergarten is a whole new ball game! 🙂 I also had my spleen removed 25 years ago so I have to be very careful, thank goodness I have good habits!

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    Private  |  Seattle, Washington

    These are things I always try to practicing. Have a younger friends who seem to always be sick and I think sleep and stress are the main reasons.

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    Private  |  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    This reminds me, that I just read an article this morning about a boy in the UK who drinks 2800 calories of Nesquik chocolate mix for the last two years. Despite his dental problems, his mother says he’s never been sick and he’s not overweight.

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    I would recommend Eckhart Tolles book The Power Of Now for some good ideas on how to destress. His book is life changing!!

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    Yessssssssss love it!

    I’d add:
    6) Do what you actually want to do in life, out of both passion and self-respect. Explore yourself, love yourself, be true to yourself, authentically and unconditionally.

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    Private  |  Santiago, Chile

    Thank you so much for this article, Zuzka! I asked you about immunity a couple of weeks ago because I’m one of those who always gets sick… I’m very allergic and I catch all the flu, cold and similar virus, specially those that my small daughter brings from school… Thanks for the advice, I think I can improve on sleeping habits and de-stress 🙂

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