Scientific studies show the change of seasons affects everything from our moods and metabolism to gene and immune system activity. As we transition from summer to fall, it’s not surprising to feel under the weather.
The primary function of our complex immune system is to prevent and limit infection. Innate immunity, the first line of defense, goes after threats to skin surfaces and mucous membranes. White blood cells called leukocytes look for risks from viruses, bacteria, toxins, and parasites.
Adaptive, or acquired immunity response, are antibodies as a result of prior exposure to illnesses, vaccines, and the environment. That is why we recover more quickly from infections as we progress from childhood to adulthood.
What factors boost immunity? Adequate sleep, regular exercise, and attention to hydration are a given. Proper nutrition, maintaining a healthy weight, moderate drinking, and positive emotions improve cytokines, molecules that work within cells to regulate and affect immune system response.
Follow Mother Nature’s cues. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables; spend time outdoors to soak in the power of sunlight. Try to minimize chronic stress since resulting cortisol hormones can suppress the body’s immune response. Poor sleep and sleep deprivation affect the body’s circadian rhythm and can disrupt the immune system too. Don’t smoke, avoid infection by frequently washing hands and cooking foods thoroughly.
The immune system can be compromised. Malfunction can occur due to age, obesity, malnutrition, or inherited disease. Being overzealous in keeping a germ-free environment can also reduce the immune system’s effectiveness.
To minimize the effects of colds and flu, one wellness expert suggests:
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AHCC boosts cytokine activity that manages the immune system and aids white blood cells to defend the body against foreign substances. AHCC is anti-inflammatory, balances the immune system, and protects healthy individuals during cold and flu season, and in high-risk locations.*
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