13 Simple Changes You Can Make to Boost Your Immune System
Are you one of those people who always get the cold or the flu come wintertime? The cold is called “common” for a reason.[slideshow:104718]
Approximately 22 million school days are lost each year in the U.S. due to the illness, according to the CDC, and about 100 different viruses can cause it. Both cold and flu are contagious viral infections of the respiratory tract that make you cough and give you headache. About 5 to 20 percent of people in the U.S. come down with the flu, usually in the winter between October and March.
During the winter, when days are short, levels of Vitamin D in the body tend to dip. Cold temperatures and low vitamin D levels may be a bad combination, according to Harvard Medical School. A few simple everyday changes will help you get them back up and prepare the body for the season.
When the immune system is working properly, all cells, tissues, and organs should be strong enough to fight off infection. However, building a healthy immune system doesn’t happen overnight. You will be headed on the right track with the following simple tips.