Unhealthy environments influence all forms of life. From humans, animals and plants to life support systems such as air and water, toxicity does not pick and choose. Everything is connected.
Symptoms of environmental stress
Since everything is connected, symptoms of environmental stress inevitably manifest in the body. Toxic chemicals in construction materials, industrial areas and commercial products have negative repercussions. Smoking, whether first or second hand, causes damage to the immune system. With a weakened immune system, you are more prone to illness and disease.
While no one is immune to sickness, proactive measures help reduce the potential for negative effects. From an environmental standpoint, ensure that you live in healthy surroundings. Do not place yourself, or your family members, in danger by living close to industrial plants or highly urbanized areas. Steer clear of pollutants from vehicles. Choose a home or rental unit away from roads and parking areas. As best you can, avoid living near smokers. Daily contact with second hand smoke is very unhealthy.
Boosting the immune system
Since unhealthy environments influence the immune system, circulating viruses, such as those prevalent in winter, have an advantage; they do not need to work as hard to survive. If you become sick, do not simply live with the consequences. Being proactive both before and during illness is the quickest way to recovery. Natural remedies are an effective resource. Immune boosting herbs such as Echinacea, Goldenseal and Elderberry help the body to help itself. Oil of Oregano, another immune booster, assists with a host of illnesses. Citrus fruit, strawberries, dark leafy greens, red bell peppers, broccoli and kiwi fruit are all high in vitamin C. Fill up your grocery cart with plenty of fruits and vegetables for a tasty immune system boost. In Santee, Sprouts Farmers Market offers fresh, high-quality produce at incredible prices. Organic produce is also available.
Keep colds and other viruses from spreading by covering your cough and washing your hands. Get plenty of fresh air and attempt regular activity; gentle walking aids in many ways.
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