Being healthy is less complex and simpler than our modern culture would have us believe it is. There are many books, talk shows, websites, nutrition and exercise experts, as well as health researchers bombarding us with an unlimited amount of information that “we need to know” about staying healthy and living well. Yet, the long and the short of it is staying well is more about common sense health awareness - the kind our grandmothers tried to teach us.
What makes staying healthy today difficult is the complex and hurried environment we all live in. It has become increasingly difficult to live a moderate or simple lifestyle, which is an important and essential part of staying healthy.
Resilience to disease, stress and aging is about how strong our immune and adaptation systems are. With the hours of our days crammed with activities, and leisure being reserved for a week or two of vacation time, our bodies do not often have the rest, downtime and sleep necessary to recover from life’s wear and tear and build immune resistance.
Understanding this important and irreplaceable component of our health and wellness is critical to creating and maintaining and balanced and overall healthy and resilient immune system.
Here is a short list of common sense health hygiene behaviors that will support your state of wellness and immune system:
- everything that goes into your body impacts your immune function and immune health
- plant based, living food = a healthy body
- thoughts create proteins which communicate with your immune cell membranes, so be mindful of your thinking
- chronic stress suppresses our bone marrow and immune system functions
- laughter and joy increase serotonin and strengthen our immune function
- clean air and water are basic essentials to a healthy immune system
- compassion and caring increase Immunoglobulin-A, an immuno-protein
- exercise pumps 10,000 white blood cells through your lymph glands, cleansing and detoxifying the “little garbage cans” of the body
- cleanliness and sanitation prevent immune assaults by micro-organisms
- loving and being loved increases positive immune responses and secretions
- eliminating debt enhances longevity through a decrease in worry
These are simple, common sense guidelines to preserve and protect the system that protects you. Lifestyles that take time for rest and recovery and follow simple, basic health hygiene choices insure good health and a strong immune system.
- Dr. Georgianna Donadio