"But wait - Don't I lose weight when I'm sick?" Even if you've lost a noticeable amount of weight during that time, it is actually water weight that you are losing - and not the unwanted excess fat.
While sick you may experience a reduced appetite, but this just makes it that much harder to control your appetite when it comes back. Next thing you know, you are replacing the lost water weight with new fat - leaving you worse off then when you started!
The bad news doesn't end there. Research has shown that the very things you are doing to get health - calorie restriction and vigorous exercise - may harm your immune system. " The intensity and duration of exercise may affect your immune functioning." (Livestrong.com)
It is important to be proactive about your health, and the immune system is a key component. Healthy habits will contribute to keeping the immune system strong but using therapeutic levels of essential antioxidants we can gear up the immune system with the tools it needs for the fight against illness.
• Vitamin C: An antioxidant that goes to work on the cellular level to protect against free radicals and to support cellular health. Vitamin C supports the function of immune cells throughout the body.
• Vitamin B6: Is essential for the proper function of the immune system. It helps stimulate the immune response and activates the synthesis of antibodies.
• Vitamin E: Naturally-occurring antioxidant that reduces the activity of harmful free radicals
• Vitamin A: A phyto-nutrient that works as an antioxidant on the cellular level to promote immunity and protect DNA
• Zinc: An essential nutrient that works as a trigger for over 200 diff erent enzymes and supports the number and function of several di fferent immune cells.
• Garlic: Boosts immune function by stimulating white blood cells, increasing antibody activity.
• Lemon/Citrus Biofl avonoids: Works synergistically with vitamin C; each increasing the other’s effectiveness.
• Copper, Selenium, Manganese, Magnesium: All minerals that support immunity