How to Maintain Your Bodys Defenses as Season Changes?
Posted By HealthcareOnTime Team
Posted on 2021-11-30
Maintain your Body's defenses, as season changes!
New year embarks with resolutions and promises for many to keep their
bodies healthy and adopting a lifestyle with dietary changes and regular
exercises. Some keep them, following it regularly till the heat of the
new year dies off, while most just postpone it on a daily basis, till it
becomes a resolution of the next new year.
However, our bodies don't postpone the tasks to keep our
internal environment of cells, tissues or organs healthy and
functioning, even for a second! Such is the resolute inclination
bestowed by nature towards its functioning, aimed to keep our
bodies alive, hail and healthy, away from any infection, that
right from the day we start evolving in mother's womb, innate
immunity develops as maternal antibodies get transferred via
placenta. As we take birth and grow up, infections
(minor or major) and vaccinations activate our B cells and
T cells in the body, thus providing active immunity which
stays a lifetime. These types of biological defenses acquired
to ward off invading pathogens or any unwanted biological
invasion while providing ample tolerance to keep allergies
and autoimmune diseases at bay, is called Immunity-body's
power to defend itself from harm!
Year by year, Immunity changes!
Age: As days pass, we age, in fact we are
ageing this very second, and so does our immunity which
becomes weaker due to its system becoming slower to respond.
Thus, its ability to detect foreign cells and manage any invasion
slowly declines, thereby opening floodgates to vast range of
pathogenic infections caused by bacteria, viruses, toxins,
cancer cells, etc. These don't attack at once, but a gradual
loss of immunity due to age eventually shovels the path
towards diseases and disorders caused by them. Also,
steady decrease in ability of thymus gland to produce white
blood cells which are immune system's protectors and
responders to an incoming infection, is also observed as
Seasonal variations: Research studies have
also shown one fourth of our genes associated with
immune system gets influenced by the time of the year,
and environmental cues, such as daylight and temperature.
Seasons have an impact on immune-regulatory genes,
and also impact gene expression of certain types of
white blood cells too.
Rainy seasons make us more susceptible to harmful
infections, while winter flares up conditions such as
cardiovascular disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases
such as type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple
sclerosis, and psychiatric disorders. Hence, those at a
greater risk of a particular disease/disorder will
highly-likely reach its threshold during colder and
darker months, thus increasing the chances of an
impending infection attack much sooner. Also, as
the immune system is prompt in response during
winters and rains, most individuals have an
active response to vaccination administered
in these seasons.
Stress: Chronic psychological or psychosocial
stress 'ages' the immune system in various ways
depending upon the exposure and responses to
various physiological, emotional, and behavioral
stressors. Stress can not only mimic, but also
exacerbate the effects of ageing, thus prenatal
and early life stress can have long-term effects
on physiology and immune function. A functional
decline of immune system, poses grimly with
diseases/disorders later in life.
Tips to Boost your Immunity!
1. Strengthen your gut 70% of your immune system
lies in the gut; thus probiotics and fermented foods
are good sources for maintaining a healthy,
wellfunctioning microbial flora in the gut, eventually
keeping a strong immune system.
2. Take a balanced healthy diet Eat foods high in
antioxidants and nutrient-dense foods, like dark
leafy greens, berries, salmon, and sweet potatoes,
which help build up your immune system's defenses
and citrus fruits, that will boost your overall health
and ward off flu/sore throat.
3. Keep processed foods away
Avoid bingeing on sugar, gluten and processed foods
which may drastically decrease immune function.
4. Become friends with 'Zinc' Pumpkin seeds, spinach,
oysters, nuts, and beans are rich in the mineral zinc,
which boosts the immune system and provides
protective effects that can help shorten the duration
of cold by few day .
5. Maintain hygiene House and office hygiene to be
maintained regularly by cleaning, washing, sanitising
and keeping good air circulation in premises. Maintaining
personal hygiene by washing hands frequently with soap
and water, taking bath everyday is recommended to keep
infections at bay.
6. Sleep well At last, keep up your activities and perform
exercises, but do make sure to get a good night's sleep for
a speedy wear and tear of the body, preventing/healing
This New Year make a resolution to keep your
body's fighter force the strongest!