Fiji Time: 4:43 AM on Friday 28 October

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

The killer within us

Dawn Gibson
Monday, March 31, 2014

IMMUNE systems are all about keeping that balance — it's not solely about having a great diet or about obsessively exercising — it's a daily choice you make to combine a number of good habits and stick to them.

So try not to overdo the crazy diets or the intense gym routines, try instead to allow your day to consist of a proportionate amount of each good thing.

Dr Wahid Khan, chairman of Diabetes Fiji, says another important part of strong immune systems is getting out during the day, stop confining yourselves to your TVs and go hike or something.

"That's the reason you find that people with AIDS have a high incidence of TB. That means the immune system is down," Dr Khan explained in an interview.

"A person who eats healthy, exercises and exposes himself or herself to the sun has healthier immune systems, it's the right kind of food in particular though."

He said the nature of TB was that it could exist in a person's system for years just waiting for the immune system to suffer some kind of blow and then it would hit you.

"And once your immune system goes down, boom. And generally immune systems go down in sickness, especially in diabetics and those with AIDS.

"It's caused by stress on the body. So if you're not exercising, if you're not de-stressing, if you're not taking care of yourself, at a young age you can become deficient. You ultimately should choose between the three groups at every meal.

"Strive for five serves of vegetables every day. It's not difficult. You can have lettuce and tomatoes at breakfast with half an apple or maybe orange," he suggested as a dietary approach.

"At tea time have half an apple, it's not the full thing, just serves of it. You don't have to have a big feast. The worst thing in Fiji is that we miss breakfast and at dinner we eat and go to sleep. Eat good breakfast, good lunches and good small dinners."

He suggested taking heed of the saying "eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper".

Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.65700.6380
JPY 51.993048.9930
GBP 0.39950.3915
EUR 0.45000.4380
NZD 0.69360.6606
AUD 0.64560.6206
USD 0.49320.4762



Exchange Rate updated on 27th October, 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Food runs low
  2. Silt slowly burying town river
  3. Man claims impersonation
  4. Nadroga to tour NZ
  5. Airline opens door to new route
  6. Police probe accident
  7. Explosives a concern
  8. Water site receives upgrade
  9. Diwali a time for unity
  10. New fire house for Korolevu commissioned

Top Stories this Week

  1. 'I heard Soko screaming in pain' Friday (21 Oct)
  2. True to an early love Wednesday (26 Oct)
  3. Qiliho attends trial Wednesday (26 Oct)
  4. Death probe Sunday (23 Oct)
  5. Fiji pearls make history Monday (24 Oct)
  6. Fijian 7s surprise Tuesday (25 Oct)
  7. Love conquers all Sunday (23 Oct)
  8. Prepare for the worst, says Kumar Wednesday (26 Oct)
  9. Ro Teimumu frets over leadership Wednesday (26 Oct)
  10. NFP calls for public holiday Wednesday (26 Oct)