Do you get sick often? Never feel quite healthy? Are you always sick? On the whole, your immune system does a good job of defending you against diseases and microorganisms. But not always, sometimes it can let you down. A germ can invade your body and make you sick. Is it possible to take or do something to make your immune system stronger? What if you improve your diet? Take certain vitamins or herbal preparations? Make other lifestyle changes in the hope of producing a better immune response?
The idea of boosting your immunity is enticing, but doing so is not easy. The immune system is a system, and to function well, it requires balance and harmony. There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies the immune system. The effects of lifestyle on the immune system are intriguing and should be studied. Quite a number of researchers are exploring the effects of diet, exercise, age, psychological stress, herbal supplements, and other factors on the immune response, both in animals and in humans. Researchers are still trying to understand how the immune system works and how to interpret measurements of immune function. In general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start giving your immune system the upper hand.
We all know people who never wear a coat, don’t get sleep, don’t wash their hands, eat poorly and never get sick. Then there is the reverse, the people like me who eat right, exercise, don’t smoke but get 2-3 colds a years. So which way is best. Would I get sick more if I didn’t take those measures? Is it where I live? What is the reason.
Many researchers are trying to explore the effects of a variety of factors — from foods and herbal supplements to exercise and stress — on immunity. Some take measures of certain blood components like lymphocytes or cytokines. But thus far, no one really knows what these measurements mean in terms of your body’s ability to fight disease. They provide a way of detecting whether something is going on, but science isn’t yet sufficiently advanced to understand how this translates into success in warding off disease.
A different scientific approach looks at the effect of certain lifestyle modifications on the incidence of disease. If a study shows significantly less disease, researchers consider whether the immune system is being strengthened in some way. Based on these studies, there is now evidence to prove a direct link between a certain lifestyle and an improved immune response, we can show that some links are likely.
The immune system starts with your stomach. The immune system needs good, regular nourishment. Scientists have long recognized that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseases. Whether the increased rate of disease is caused by malnutrition’s effect on the immune system, however, is not certain.
However eating right is difficult in the best of situations, so proper supplementation and regulation of one’s weight is key in good health from everything I have seen.