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Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies

By: Wendy Warner and Kellyann Petrucci Published: 10-20-2020

Boost your body's defenses to fight-off disease and live stronger and longer

Every single day our bodies are under attack from nasty little organisms which range from the pesky to the frighteningly serious. So, what’s the best way to fight back? Thankfully nature has provided us with a powerful interior armor-plating—and Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies shows you how to keep that crucial biological gift in tip-top condition.

Brought to you by bestselling author Kellyann Petrucci, MS, ND, a board-certified naturopathic physician, and Wendy Warner, a board certified holistic physician,—Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies sets out the sound ways we can supercharge our immune systems to prevent illnesses and diseases such as arthritis, autoimmune conditions, pneumonia, cancer, and the flu. Using a simple program of diet, exercise, stress-reduction, and nutritional supplements, we can keep our internal defenses humming happily along—and get generally healthier in the process!

  • The best nutritional strategies to avoid cold and flu
  • 40+ recipes that show healthy eating can also be delish
  • Cutting-edge research on immune-boosting health and diet
  • Lists and tips for keeping a low-cost, healthy pantry

Through diet, exercise, stress reduction, nutritional supplements, and the role of water, sunlight, and oxygen, you can harness the power of your immune system and drastically improve your immunity to disease.

P.S. If you think this book seems familiar, you're probably right. The Dummies team updated the cover and design to give the book a fresh feel, but the content is the same as the previous release of Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies (9781118402009 find this on the copyright page). The book you see here shouldn't be considered a new or updated product. But if you’re in the mood to learn something new, check out some of our other books. We're always writing about new topics!

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10 Medicinal Herbs to Boost Your Immunity

Step by Step / Updated 04-10-2017

Medicinal herbs really are nature’s gift. They work wonders at alleviating and preventing many ailments, and herbs are an effective, inexpensive, and convenient way to manage your health. Herbs can help many conditions. If you suspect vitamin or mineral deficiencies, lack proper rest, are under chronic stress, or get numerous colds or infections, you probably have a lowered immune system and medicinal herbs may help. If you’re considering herbs to boost your immune system, discuss your particular needs with a health practitioner who understands your individual situation. Some herbs for the immune system may enhance or interact with the action of synthetic medications and should be monitored by an herbalist or a doctor who understands how herbs interact with other treatments. Some herbs can also be safe during pregnancy.

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Powerful Protein Sources That Can Make You Healthy (and Thin!)

Step by Step / Updated 04-04-2017

Protein builds you up. Growth and repair are protein’s major roles: Your body uses the protein you take in as food to build cells, synthesize new proteins, and keep your tissues healthy. Eating adequate protein supports your physique and satisfies your appetite. Protein is a nutritional powerhouse in that it provides important immune-boosting nutrients — essential fatty acids (good fats), vitamins, and minerals. Among these minerals is zinc, which helps in the production of infection-fighting white blood cells. Even a mild deficiency in zinc can open the door to many diseases and infections. So sufficient amounts of protein are wonderful in supporting a healthy immune system.

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Boosting Your Immunity For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-27-2016

Your immune system is something you can manage: When you begin to eat the right foods and live in a way that boosts your immunity, you look and feel better. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder or just want to take control of your health and increase your energy level, you can take simple steps in the areas of nutrition and detoxification to keep your immune system healthy and happy.

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How to Set Yourself Up for Detoxing Success

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

You can approach a detox in many ways. Ideally, you’d do a detox over weeks of rest, healthful eating, massage, accelerated elimination protocols, and supportive herbs — the way it’s done in traditional ayurvedic practice. But who has time to do that in real life? To be successful detoxing, you need to know what to expect and how to prepare. Here are some guidelines to get you going:

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Immune-Boosting Fruits

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

The health benefits of immune-boosting fruits come from the vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals they contain, all of which help the body fight and prevent disease. Fruits also contain fiber, which is great for digestive health, as well as lutein, which is healthy for your vision. Although fruits contain many healthful elements, keeping your serving size low is important. The fruit sugar fructose, while all natural, still causes insulin to rise too much, causing blood sugar problems, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Enjoy the following fruit superfoods in moderation, and don’t let fruit push vegetables off your plate!

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8 Exotic Superfoods to Boost Your Immune System

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Exotic superfoods are more mysterious, perhaps even harder to find, but well worth your efforts. These exotic superfoods have been used in other parts of the world for their powerful healing punch successfully. Get to know some of these unusual superfoods and figure out how to implement them into your overall superfood regimen.

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Six Supplements for Better Health and to Boost Immunity

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

If you feel as though your immune system or overall health needs some support or if you feel a cold or illness coming on, these six supplements do show benefits. When using supplements to support your immune system, you need to answer two important questions: Do you need that supplement? and Is your supplement the highest possible quality?

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Who Are the Key Players in Natural Body Detoxification?

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Detoxification is the job of a whole team of bodily organs. The main work is done by the liver with some help from the kidneys. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is important in elimination of the breakdown products, and elimination via the skin and lungs also occurs.

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Vegetables That Boost Your Immune System

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Adding immune-boosting vegetables to your diet is one of the most critical lifestyle changes you can make. The difference veggies make in your health is worth any effort. They reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and some cancers. Veggies help you not only get well and stay well but also look good! When your body gains nutritional sufficiency from vegetables, your hair, skin, and eyes all show the signs of health. Don’t hesitate to load your plate (with a minimum of two) of the following veggies:

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Ten Immune-Boosting Spices and Herbs

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Nothing perks up your food like the personality of spices and herbs. The wonderful bonus prize is that many of these spices also keep you well. Spices and herbs are great for boosting the nervous system, respiratory system, and your glands.

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