Sick and Tired, of Being Sick and Tired?

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Sick and Tired, of Being Sick and Tired?

November 22, 2010

Question:   Hi I'm writing this letter in desperation.  I work with children with special needs and when the children get sick I get sick as my resistance is very low.  Is there a way that I can boost my immune system, being a diabetic, I am really at my wits end and am so tired of being sick. ~ Kerry

 

Answer:

Dear Kerry,

People who have diabetes can be every bit as healthy and resistant to sickness as people who do not have diabetes.  . . And YES there are things you can do to boost your immune system:

Eat a healthy, well balanced, nutritious diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables of all colors and shapes every day; Eat foods in their most natural state, as they are chuck full of nutrients that are necessary for health. . . A supplement of Vitamin C may also be helpful during the flu season!

Avoid processed sugars and “sweets”  . . . because a CHO is not just a CHO when it comes to nutrition. Sugary foods actually slow and prevent your immune system from doing it job.

Keep your blood sugar under the tightest control possible . . . as excess sugar in your blood slows down your immune system as well.

Drink 6 to 8 glasses of pure fresh water everyday . . . and avoid sugary or carbonated drinks

Stay active and spend time in the great out of doors everyday

Wash your HANDS religiously

Get 6 to 8 hours of sleep every day

Ask your Doctor to check you Vitamin D levels . . . as Vitamin D is essential to a healthy immune system.

Best of Health to You!