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Old 09.10.2010, 19:37
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Re: How to catch a cold

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[*]Eat healthy. Your immune system will be boosted by a diet that gets enough protein through beans, lentils and fish. Oily fish, nuts and seeds will give you essential fats, which are also good for you. Try to get five portions of fruit and vegetables, and include whole grain foods like brown rice in your diet. Stay away from refined foods.
The 'stay away from refined foods' is good advice, especially refined carbohydrates (sugar, fruit juice, white bread, rice, pasta, etc). Carbs like that suppress the immune system for up to 5 hours after eating - which could mean for pretty much all day, if eaten at 2-3 meals! (Explained here: http://www.second-opinions.co.uk/leukocytic_index.html)

I've been running a little medical study of one, as I've been eating a low carb diet for about 6 weeks now. A few weeks ago, the kids came down with their ritual 'back at school and the weather's changed' colds, which in previous years I always, always then catch. Except this year, I didn't. Truly, that never happens. Interesting...
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