When I was growing up, I remember being told “don’t go out in the cold air with wet hair; it will make you sick.” I was told to keep my hands to myself to prevent touching surfaces containing “germs.” Naturally, being a rebellious child, don’t meant do! Surprisingly, I was not a sickly child. If germs were the enemy and exposure in and of itself truly made us sick, why was I not chronically ill?
In my opinion, we live in a germophobic society. “Germs” absolutely have a vital role for our planet to survive. We are supposed to have a symbiotic (mutually beneficial or at least tolerant) relationship with them. They are essential and found in LARGE NUMBERS in our intestines. They are an important component for our immune systems (ironically) to fight off diseases that are harmful.
So, what makes us sick? The answer: a compromised immune system, not merely exposure to a “germ”. This is easy to prove. Have you ever noticed that every member within a family doesn’t sucumb to illness every time a family member gets sick? They are all exposed to the same “germs”. Why do some members get sick while others don’t? You will also notice that the duration and intensity of illnesses vary among family members. What are the factors that strengthen our immune system to keep it functioning optimally?
GOOD NUTRITION– Give your body good nutrients and fuel it to the capacity it needs and reap the benefits.
EXERCISE– According to the National Institute of Health:
Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other airborne illness.
Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (the body’s immune system cells that fight disease). These antibodies or white blood cells circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before.
The brief rise in body temperature during and right after exercise may prevent bacteria from growing. This temperature rise may help the body fight infection more effectively. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.)
Exercise slows down the release of stress-related hormones. Stress hormones over a prolonged period weaken the immune system and its response time.
SLEEP – Recovery is essential to give your body a chance to repair and rebuild itself. Six to nine hours of RESTFUL sleep is needed for this to occur on average. If sleep is compromised, so is your ability to combat diseases.
WATER INTAKE – 70-80%+ of our body consists of water. Dehydration is analogous to a dimmer switch on a lighting fixture. If we do not drink enough water it is similar to dimming the lights in a room. The lights are still on, but there is electrical resistance impeding the brightness of the bulb. When we are dehydrated, we function at a reduced level creating a weakness making us more susceptible to immune compromise.
STRESS– Prolonged stress causes hormonal changes resulting in a weakened immune system. Stress also requires an abundance of energy which the body produces. Excessive energy use ages our bodies more quickly.
HEALTHY NERVOUS SYSTEM – The nervous system contains the “communication lines” from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to every organ of the body. If “invading germs” enter the body and the brain is not informed (as a result of nerve interference) the immune system is not “awakened.” This can lead to immune compromise. Chiropractors evaluate for this type of interference and correct it assisting your body to maintain optimal health.
GENETICS – This is the only component we can’t alter. Genetics and heredity play a part in the effectiveness of immune health. Obvioulsy, good genes are an added benefit. Bad genes simply mean we need to work even harder on the components that we can control to achieve the best results.
These factors determine (in most cases) whether our lives are lived in sickness or good health. I recommend that instead of focusing on fears of microspopic bacteria, viruses and other particles we can’t see with the naked eye, we focus on what is within our control. If you want to experience better health and fewer episodes of illness implement the components mentioned in this article. There are plenty of environments that harbor an enourmous amount of bacteria and viruses that many of us are exposed to on a regular basis. Health clubs are a prime example. “Germs” are found on many machines. Why aren’t most of the members chronically sick with all of this exposure? The answer is simple; exposure to germs doesn’t make us sick.Exposure to germs with a compromised immune system as a result of poor HEALTH hygiene does!
Consider adding these components to your life in a meaningful way. The odds are in your favor that you will be able to enjoy a healthier and happier life if you do.
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PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHICH OF THE COMPONENTS YOU WOULD CONSIDER ADDING TO YOUR LIFE