It’s almost that time! Back to school season, fall festivities that include oversized comfy sweaters, all things pumpkin flavored, and of course, the sharing of germs in school!
Clever marketing tactics are used by all the cold and flu remedy companies to scare us into believing that we are “doomed” to get sick regardless of what we do or don’t do.
People sort of just expect to get sick this time of year, am I right?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it doesn’t have to be the case for YOU! Cool, huh? That’s right. You can take preventative measures to ensure your body is strong enough to tackle the nastiness that’s going to get lovingly passed around from other people’s houses into yours. But you aren’t going to notice if these invading germs try to make an appearance in your house because you’ll be armed and ready.
In today’s episode you will learn how you can use exercise AND nutrition to boost your body’s immune system so you’re covered head to toe in your armor of health!
We’re talking about what you CAN eat, what you SHOULD avoid, and how you can totally get all the immune boosting benefits from exercising for only a few minutes every day!
“Battling another cough or cold? Feeling tired all the time? You may feel better if you take a daily walk or follow a simple exercise routine a few times a week.
Exercise helps decrease your chances of developing heart disease. It also keeps your bones healthy and strong.
We do not know exactly if or how exercise increases your immunity to certain illnesses. There are several theories. However, none of these theories have been proven. Some of these theories are:
- Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness.
- Exercise causes changes in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease. These antibodies or WBCs circulate more rapidly, so they could detect illnesses earlier than they might have before. However, no one knows whether these changes help prevent infections.
- 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 better. (This is similar to what happens when you have a fever.)
- Exercise slows down the release of stress hormones. Some stress increases the chance of illness. Lower stress hormones may protect against illness.
Exercise is good for you, but, you should not overdo it. People who already exercise should not exercise more just to increase their immunity. Heavy, long-term exercise (such as marathon running and intense gym training) could actually cause harm.
Studies have shown that people who follow a moderately energetic lifestyle, benefit most from starting (and sticking to) an exercise program. A moderate program can consist of:
- Bicycling with your children a few times a week
- Taking daily 20 to 30 minute walks
- Going to the gym every other day
- Playing golf regularly”
So tune into this episode to hear my take on it as I give you even more tips on how to battle this upcoming season so you and your family stay out of the doctor’s office and away from the over-the-counter pharmacy section!