The impact of lifestyle behaviors on a person’s immune system

A report published in the journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies reviewed how lifestyle behaviors can influence the immune system of an individual. This report was authored by Jane Hart, a researcher at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

  • Suntrex D3™ is a natural vitamin D3 supplement formula that boosts the immune system, assists with calcium absorption, promotes brain health, and more.When preparing for cold and flu season, conventional training does not teach clinicians about lifestyle behaviors.
  • Instead, the discussion typically moves toward hand hygiene and avoiding crowded places and people who are sick.
  • While these are important information, one of the most important doctor-patient discussions for preventing infection is to discuss lifestyle choices, especially when a patient is following a sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy diet and living a stressful life.
  • There are known risk factors related to lifestyle for colds and other viruses, flu, and pneumonia.
  • These include smoking, excessive alcohol intake, obesity, a weakened immune system, chronic disease, lack of sleep, and chronic stress.
  • On the contrary, people who engage in healthy lifestyle behaviors are less prone to both infections and chronic disease.
  • Lifestyle behaviors that contribute to a healthy immune system include regular exercise, healthy diet, seven or more hours of sleep, avoidance of smoking, limiting alcohol intake, and learning stress management techniques.
  • Many clinicians also observed that people who practice healthier lifestyle behaviors are sick less often than those who have poor lifestyle behaviors.

Overall, the report suggested that having a discussion and providing specific direction about healthy lifestyle choices is an effective way to prevent respiratory illness.

Read more studies on how adhering to a healthy lifestyle can help protect you from diseases.

Melissa Smith

Journal Reference:

Hart J. CLINICAL ROUNDUP: SELECTED TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS. Alternative and Complementary Therapies. 1 April 2019; 25(2): 116-119. DOI: 10.1089/act.2019.29215.cru

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