The change of seasons puts the micro-bugs into overdrive. Are our immune systems ready?
For those who have undertaken the training life, this is an important, if confusing question.
It has to do with the Paradox of Success. When we feel fit and well, we become susceptible to undermining the behaviors we lived to get there: exercising, eating right, sleeping well, and feeding relationships (filling buckets).
Success invites a temporary sense of immortality mania. In this state, we tend to over-extend ourselves at the expense of sleep, rest, exercise, downtime, relationships, and soon, wellness. Then we get sick.
If we can early-detect our sense of mania after successes, this is our first sign of coming under a spell of over-extension. So it is with our successes.
Here are some WebMD pages on positive immune system boosting routines — followed by some counter-intuitive surveys of findings about immune boosting — as linked-to below:
Immune System Busters & Boosters
Super Foods for Optimal Health
How to Keep Your Immune System Healthy
Guide to Ginseng as Immunity Booster
Can Exercise Reduce Your Risk of Catching a Cold?
Ten Surprising Health Benefits of Sex
Exercise After Chemo Helps Patients Ward Off Future Cancer
Yet when you consider that inflammation and upper-respiratory mucous generation (mostly against nasal passage infecting viruses) are immune system responses, some survey reviews of a few years ago suggest that bolstering the immune system will only increase inflammatory, super-charged immune systems. Is that bad, or good? More research is needed, but consider the following perspectives:
How Not To Fight Colds
Why everything you thought about colds is wrong! Scientists have finally separated fact from fiction about those sniffles
Our Immune Systems Were Built for More Challenges Than They Get
Given the above contra-pieces, here is a summary of useful takeaways:
1. Let go of unnecessary stressors and poor stress response habits, then burn-off, let loose, and heal from inevitable stress with the following;
2. Bolstering human relationships;
3. Consistent exercise;
4. Healthy, nutritional, natural eating and drinking with little or no refined, processed sugars, MSG, etc.;
5. Put our children’s well being first. (for parents, and for those without children, someone else’s needs).
There is more to this topic than a blog post can touch. Researching and reading up on the latest using article alerts from trusted sources, and weighing, comparing, and testing them is sane way to continue navigating.