The human body can deal with the invading pathogens and infections with only two ways, however; neither of those ways involves vitamins or any ‘superfood’ that offers protection.
While walking through any health food shop, you’ll notice many pots of _for example_ zinc that says it can “support your immune system” or maybe “maintain its healthy function”.
While navigation through many health blogging sites, you’ll find posts that describe how knocking back wheatgrass juice, drinking hot lemon, or maybe the green goo du jour will “enhance your immune system” and lower the possibility of you getting sick.
As those claims being the tempting prospects at this time of year, it’s a must to say that they all are far away from being true; they just don’t work.
Because of the way your immune system works, the idea that any food can enhance your immunity makes very little scientific sense.
Dr. Charles Bangham, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Imperial College London, says _and I quote_ “People have this idea that the immune system is some kind of internal force field that can be boosted or patched up,”.
This might sound like a truth, as it’s name suggests that it’s not a single thing but a system which contains many organs and biological functions that work together to protect you against sickness. However, this system needs more than healthy food in order to be boosted.
As we all know, many people tend to believe old wives’ tales. Take for example _the international believe but false assumption_ that keeping warm will prevent you from catching a cold.
Nobody knows exactly why The common cold has seasonal spikes in colder months. It’s likely because we spend most of our time in winter indoors seeking warmth with other people and all their bugs. If anyone of these people is sick, it’s more likely to get infected within a close range. That doesn’t mean that you throw away your hat or scarf – not just yet -, being warm can make you feel more comfortable and can also protect you from things like frostbite.
what really affect the immune system are these three things:
“Chronic stress produces a stress hormone – called cortisol – that can kill or neutralize your immune cells.” said professor Janet Lord, an immunologist from the University of Birmingham.
professor Arne Akbar from UCL, the spokesperson for the British Society for Immunology, says _and I quote_: “Our immune systems get weaker as we get older, we know this because as we age we see more infections that were previously controlled, like chicken pox, which returns in old age as shingles; and because vaccines don’t work quite as well in older people as they do in children.”
According to Professor Akbar _and I quote_: “When your heart beats more, your immune cells that patrol for problems move around more. By exercising you keep them out looking for potential problems rather than sitting around waiting for problems to happen.”
So, with that being said, we need to take a second chance reviewing the ways we handle our immune systems.
Wishing you all great health and a safe winter.