Discover The 7 Secrets to Never Getting Sick
Keep Your Immune System Strong
Results from a 2012 study in Pediatricssuggest that all children should be checked for adequate vitamin level. However, this is especially true for those with dark skin tones, who do not get vitamin D as easily from exposure to sunlight. In the study, children with vitamin D deficiencies were more susceptible to respiratory infections. Breast-fed children are especially at risk because they are less likely to drink milk fortified with vitamin D.
- keeps inflammation and chronic disease at bay
- reduces stress (and the release of stress-related hormones)
- accelerates the circulation of disease-fighting white blood cells to better enable the body to fight the common cold.
Stay in Bed
One reason may be that the body releases cytokines during extended periods of sleep. Cytokines are proteins that help the body fight infection by regulating the immune system.
Skip the Alcohol
New research shows that drinking alcohol can damage the body’sdendritic cells, a vital component of the immune system. An increase in alcohol consumption over time can increase a person’s exposure to bacterial and viral infections.
A recent study in the journal Clinical and Vaccine Immunology compared the dendritic cells and immune system responses in alcohol-fed mice to those who had not been supplied alcohol. Alcohol suppressed the immunity in mice to varying degrees. Physicians say the study helps explain why vaccines are less effective for alcoholics.
Cortisol helps the body fight inflammation and disease. The constant release of the hormone in people who are chronically stressed lessens its overall effectiveness. This can result in increased inflammation, disease, and decreased immunity