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Are You Prepared for Cold and Flu Season?

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Boost Your Body's Defenses During Cold and Flu Season

Dear our Buddhist Friends:

This month ushers in a potentially dangerous time of year. It's the start of cold and flu season, and a time when we can be vulnerable to other infectious diseases. It's particularly important at this time of year to keep up your body's defenses to protect yourself from these threats to your good health.

In addition to keeping your immune system functioning, managing stress and getting a good night's sleep can be key factors in strengthening your body's defenses against seasonal illness. In a 2009 study, people who slept an average of less than seven hours per night were three times as likely to get sick as those who averaged eight hours or more. Stress has been linked to a number of health problems, including suppression of the immune system and susceptibility to infectious diseases.

Make sure you're armed with the knowledge and expert advice you need to fight off the scourges of seasonal illness and to keep yourself healthy and strong during the months ahead. These Special Health Reports from Harvard Medical School can help.

Your immune system — the great protector

Out of sight and out of mind, your immune system is working to protect you from infectious bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that cause disease, suffering, and death. If you didn't have a functioning immune system, simply brushing your teeth would introduce enough harmful bacteria to kill you. Luckily, your immune system can usually handle a stunning variety of pathogens and microbes that could make you sick. However, once the battle between a pathogen and the immune response swings into high gear, the result determines whether the outcome is sickness or health.

Understanding your immune system and how it works, and learning how to protect yourself, is an important step in keeping yourself healthy and strong.

In The Truth About Your Immune System report you will discover:

How your immune system works
What happens when things go wrong
Understanding autoimmune diseases
Vaccine safety and efficacy
What you can do — healthy living strategies

Remember 2 important things to do:

1./  Don't let stress take a toll on your health 

We all face a multitude of stressful situations, from traffic jams to money woes, terrorist threats to worries about children or grandchildren. And stressors can increase during the holiday season. Many well-respected studies link repeated and prolonged stress to a number of physical ailments, including heart disease, stroke, depression, and lower respiratory conditions. Stress can also play a role in weakening the all-important immune system.

While you can't avoid stress altogether, you can learn to manage stressful situations in healthy ways ...(Về Chùa tụng kinh niệm Phật, hành thiền mỗi đêm là phương pháp hay nhất cho các Phật tử sau ngày đi làm về)

2./  Get the sleep you need for optimal health

Sleep-related problems affect 50 million to 70 million Americans of all ages. Whether it's insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, or even spending late nights on the computer or watching TV  (Thầy trò Ban Biên Tập HoPhap.Net thiếu ngủ bận làm việc trên computor suốt đêm để có món ăn tinh thần cho bạn mỗi ngày), one in five Americans sleeps less than six hours a night!  Lack of sufficient sleep can have serious health consequences, contributing to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, as well as increasing susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections.

Source:  Harvard Health Publications

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