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November 27, 2009

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One drink does not appear to bother the immune system, but three or more drinks do.

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Oh yeah...and I thought I didn't do too bad today even with the "dog" factor. My doggies think it's play time when I'm doing sit-ups and love to lick my face. Also had my head rammed into a few times while doing push-ups. The squats just confused them...LOL!!

Warm up: 1.5 mile run to Newark lake & around
Anna: 13/18/23 & 14 push-ups, 10 sit-ups
And then: crank up the Christmas music and start decorating!!!

Have a great weekend everyone! And if anyone feels like joining me for T-day leftovers this evening...let me know!! LOL! SOOO much food and James & Lauren are out of town.

Hope ya get well soon! Just a few notes for ya to consider, but ya probably already know this stuff.

"Hot foods such as chili peppers, hot mustard, radishes, pepper, onions, and garlic contain substances called "mucolytics" (similar to over-the-counter expectorant cough syrups) that liquefy thick mucus that accumulates in the sinuses and breathing passages.


Some ways to keep your immune system strong:

A. Overdosing on sugar. Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of about two cans of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by 40%. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than 30 min. after eating it and may last for 5 hrs.

B. Excessive alcohol intake can harm the body's immune system. It produces an overall nutritional deficiency, depriving the body of valuable immune boosting nutrients. Second, alcohol, like sugar, can reduce the ability of white cells to kill germs. High doses of alcohol suppress the ability of the white blood cells to multiply, inhibit the action of killer white cells on cancer cells, and lessen the ability of macrophages to produce tumor necrosis factors. One drink does not appear to bother the immune system, but three or more drinks do. Damage to the immune system increases in proportion to the quantity of alcohol consumed. Amounts of alcohol that are enough to cause intoxication are also enough to suppress immunity.

C. Due to a genetic quirk, some divisions of the immune system recognize an otherwise harmless substance (such as milk) as a foreign invader and attack it, causing an allergic reaction. Before the battle, the intestinal lining was like a wall impenetrable to foreign invaders. After many encounters with food allergens, the wall is damaged, enabling invaders and other potentially toxic substances in the food to get into the bloodstream and make the body feel miserable. This condition is known as the leaky gut syndrome."

-I'm thinking when we visit with large groups, drink alcohol, and eat holiday type foods, we really destroy the immune system. Add to this the high intensity training we all participate in, and the lack of sleep our jobs often subject us to, the immune system in us "old guys" can be over run.

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