If you would like to learn about how to boost your immune system then you'll want to read this article. Did you know that that there are more than 200 viruses that can cause a cold. Some of the more common ones include rhinovirus, corona virus, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), influenza (flu) and para-influenza, and the most famous one as of late is the swine flu virus, each one with their own severity.

Influenza which is commonly mistaken merely as a severe cold due to their similarities of symptoms, is one of the more serious and contagious viruses around. Many viruses can cause a cold but only a few can cause flu. Contrary to popular beliefs you can not catch flu from cold temperatures. The Flu is more serious than a cold as it has the potential of leading to other complications such as pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis, ear infection and even meningitis. A person with severely weakened immune system death is even probable.

Our immune system is a network of specialized cells that work to clear infection and to protect our body from the millions of bacteria and viruses we may be exposed to every day. Therefore it is best, if our immune system is at its strongest and performing at its best possible level, to be able to fight the many different types of bacteria and viruses no matter what its origin.

Due to the sheer number of viruses, currently there is no medical cure for colds. Therefore preventative measures that will strengthen your immune system have proven significantly successful and is generally the recommended route.

Our bone marrow produces immune cells which is called B-cell lymphocytes. These produce antibodies and attach to any foreign bodies in our system ready for their destruction. While T-cell lymphocytes, which are produced in our thymus attack and destroy any diseased cells and foreign bodies until any infection is cleared.

When our immune system is not working correctly due to poor nutrition, alcohol and drug abuse or exposure to toxins, its ability to fight off infections and diseases is greatly compromised. To ensure our immune system has the strength it needs to keep our body healthy and functioning optimally, we need to obtain all the nutrients we need to maintain good chemical, nutritional and hormonal balance, giving our natural defenses the tools and weapon it needs to combat Any destructive foreign invaders within our body.

Common sense dictates that first we need to adopt good healthy eating habits. Eating processed foods have no nutritional value that can provide our bodies useful tools and immune weapons, so to speak. Only by eating the right kinds of foods and you know what I am talking about, can we give our body the helping hand it needs to boost our immune system.

Now, it would be great if we can get all the nutrients from our bodies need from the foods we eat everyday but we know that is not reality. Therefore the only way to make sure we get the most optimized nutrition is to incorporate quality supplements into our diets. Supplements that contain essential minerals, trace minerals, enzymes, vitamins, amino acids and specialized nutrients are vital in boosting and maintaining a strong immune system.

Conclusion: Catching a cold or even flu for most of us is inevitable. But by creating a strong immune system we can be assured that our body's defense system can almost handle anything thrown against it thus improving our quality of life. Is not that what we are all after?

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How to Boost Your Immune System to Fight Off Colds and Flu by Jonathan Marcus