Discover The 7 Secrets to Never Getting Sick

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Keep Your Immune System Strong

Most secrets to good health are not secrets at all, but common sense. For example, you should avoid contact with bacteria and viruses at school and work. However, a whole host of other feel-good solutions can help you live a healthier life—whether you’re 16 or 106.

Go Green

Green, leafy vegetables are rich in vitamins that help you maintain a balanced diet—and support a healthy immune system. According to a study of mice described in the journal Cell, eating cruciferous vegetables sends a chemical signal to the body that boosts specific cell-surface proteins necessary for efficient immune-system function. In this study, healthy mice deprived of green vegetables lost 70 to 80 percent of cell-surface proteins (Li, et al., 2011).

Vitamin D

Reports indicate that many Americans fall short of their vitamin D daily requirements. Deficiencies in vitamin D may lead to poor bone growth, cardiovascular problems, and a weak immune system.

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.

Keep Moving

Staying active by following a regular exercise routine—such as walking three times a week—does more than keep you fit and trim. According to a study published in the medical journalNeurologic Clinicians, regular exercise also:
  • 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

Getting adequate sleep is extremely important if you’ve been exposed to a virus, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Healthy adult participants who slept a minimum of eight hours each night over a two-week period showed a greater resistance to the virus. Those who slept seven hours or less each night were about three percent more likely to develop the virus after exposure.

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.

Calm Down

For years, doctors suspected there was a connection between chronic mental stress and physical illness. However, they did not have clear evidence linking the two conditions. Finding an effective way to regulate personal stress, such as practicing yoga or meditation, may go a long way toward better overall health, suggests a 2012 study published by the National Academy of Science.

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