How To Keep Your Immune System In Fighting Form
March 25, 2012 by staff
How To Keep Your Immune System In Fighting Form, Today’s lifestyles can be stressful and generally involves poor dietary habits, hectic schedules, and anxiety, with little or no time to exercise. Threats of dangerous cold and flu strains and the current state of the economy can contribute to the rise in one’s stress levels. All of these factors combined can lay the foundation for stress, tension, fatigue, frustration, and anxiety that can decrease immune function.
Between new viral strains of colds and flu, as well as increased public exposure due to busy lifestyles, keeping yourself healthy becomes especially important. Using natural dietary supplements can help build and keep your immune system functioning optimally.
Stress is something that everyone experiences in one way or another and causes can range from uncontrollable daily situations to physical illness. Current research has shown that the body reacts in various ways to stress and decreased immunity is one of them. When our immune system is compromised, we succumb to illness more readily. When the immune system is strong, our bodies have a better chance to ward off colds and flu.
According to Dr. Anthony Cichoke, “the immune system is a complex network of specialized cells and organs that defends our bodies against attacks by foreign invaders. When functioning properly, it seeks out, finds, and destroys infectious agents, such as:
Additionally, when the immune system malfunctions, a number of diseases can develop from allergies to arthritis,” or even more serious conditions.
Cold and Flu Viruses
The typical cold and flu season occurs in the fall and winter months. However, colds and flu can strike during any time of the year, including summer.
Every year in the U.S. the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports several million cases of colds and flu. Up to 10% to 20% of the total U.S. population may become ill in any given year. Of these, thousands of the most serious cases require hospitalization, and each year there are several related deaths from complications caused by the flu. And now we have renewed and more dangerous strains, such as the Avian Flu and the swine flu virus H1N1.
You can help to keep you and your family members well by keeping the immune system boosted and taking dietary supplements at the onset that will help shorten the severity and duration.
Help keep your immune system strong by:
Taking supplements to help build the immune system
Having products on hand in case you begin to not feel well
Taking measures to reduce stress and exposure to illness
Controversies Over Flu Vaccines?
As we are all aware, flu vaccines are available each year. However, there appears to be quite a bit of controversy surrounding them and their safety. With all of the conflicting information, it is difficult to decipher what the truth really is.
On one hand we have the Center for Disease Control (CDC) stating that flu vaccines are perfectly safe and necessary, especially for a particular group of people, such as those “at high risk for serious complications.” Included in their list are children between the ages of 6 months and 19 years old, pregnant women, people 50 years and older, those in nursing homes, and health care workers.
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