Some people get sick frequently, and some always seem to avoid colds and other illnesses. Why? Are these people just lucky? Is their resistance related to age, gender, genetics, or immunity from a previous illness? How do you boost your immune system?
Research about boosting immunity has been difficult, because the body’s immune system is very complicated. Although at this point, there is still no scientifically proven way to enhance the immune system through lifestyle changes, it’s entirely possible scientists will eventually find these pathways. For now, some general healthy-living strategies are a good way to start helping you to stay healthy.
Start with the tips you’ve probably heard from your own doctor: eat fruits and veggies, exercise, watch your weight, don’t smoke, don’t drink too much, and get plenty of sleep. All the supplements you see in stores and on TV, probably won’t work. Even echinacea, widely touted as an immune stimulant, lacks solid scientific evidence of its effectiveness. And it can cause potentially serious siide effects, especially in people with ragweed allergies.
It’s likely that reducing stress will help your immune system, although even this claim lacks solid evidence. Exercise can contribute to general good health, and promote circulation, all of which may help you stay healthier.
A home care agency is an excellent resource to get help with integrating healthy life styles that can promote healthier living, especially for older adults who require assistance with daily activities. You can read much more about this topic at the Harvard Health Review, which may help you formulate the questions you’d like to get answered.