Explore the health and wellbeing issues concerning the immune system and ice hockey.
Read the full transcript »
Learn about the Immune System and Ice Hockey Host: Feeling rundown, catching flu after flu, maybe it’s time to pump up your immunity and get back on track. Give your immune system a renovation by munching on fruits and veggies high in antioxidants. Red chilies are full of antioxidants capsaicin. It’s a natural anti-inflammatory and kills bacteria in the gut that caused ulcers. Fresh fruit and veggies in general are great for your immune system. You can tell which types of nutrients are in the fruit by looking at the color of the skin. Try to read all colored groups, a deficiency in any vitamin or mineral will weaken your immune system. Dive into omega 3’s. Deep sea fish provide these essential fatty acids which directly can pick for a place in the body with inflammatory fats. What is more is omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory protecting the heart and the brain from disease. Do your immune system and the world a favor, plant a lemon tree. Lemons as acidic as they are encourage your body to alkalinize itself providing the perfect pH for the growth of good bacteria and the demise of harmful ones. Get into garlic. It’s a natural bactericide and antibiotic. It will help your immune system attack any nasties. Keep red meat to a minimum. We need protein for a healthy immune system but too much red meat can make our systems acidic creating a perfect environment for inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid, asthma, and cancer. Eat red meat two to three times a week. Drink plenty of water. Once your immune system kills of all the nasties, there are dead bacteria bodies to dispose of. Your lymphatic system is like a sewerage system for this waste. It needs plenty of water to work properly. Burning the candle at both ends can be detrimental to your immune system. Take a supplement if you think you're not getting enough rest and the nutrients. Exercise boosts the immune system and happiness does too. Make sure to create plenty of your time. This game of hockey maybe played on the ice but it sure will burn away those calories in a flash. Ice hockey is not quite a gentleman’s game but if you're out for a bit of rough and tumble the health benefits are many. Holding and wielding the hook will develop key muscles in the arms and the chest area. The fast paced skating action is great for quadriceps, thigh adaptive muscles and buttocks. The combination of sprinting and stop-start action is a great way to condition the lungs and cardiovascular system. The hand-eye coordination and the mental focus it takes to keep your eye on the pack let alone get it pulse to the goalie is immense. Your reflexes will be sharpened as you make contact with the elusive pack that sometimes travels at over 130 kilometers per hour. Slips and slides on the eyes are part of the game so protective gears are must. A 45-minute game of fast pace icy action will have over 500 calories melted off your body so be sure to drink plenty of water before and after the game. Ice hockey is a great way to stay in shape over the winter months or anytime of the year if there is a ring you can use. Akinesia is a great immune system booster. Ask your naturopath for a supplement.