From the Desk of Spencer Thornton, MD
Colds, Flu & Exercise
September 13, 2012
We have long advocated lifestyle modification to ward off infections and moderate the degenerative changes of aging, but here is solid evidence that one factor – exercise, could be directly related to improved health. This could simply be because exercise helps boost the immune system to fight off bugs.
The fact is that you may not actually have to do much exercise. Just keeping active with daily walks and yard work seems to confer protection.
Adults can expect to suffer through two or three colds per year, and, in most studies of adults over 50, flu occurs once or twice, sometimes beginning with the cold. Some nutritional supplements such as EpiCor (from Biosyntrx), have been clinically proven to shorten the length of colds and flu, and this latest research suggests that lifestyle choices also improve your odds of avoiding and moderating the effects of colds and flu.
It is well to remember that colds and flu are not caused by going outside with wet hair, or simple exposure to cold. Most are caused by hand contact with contaminated surfaces such as door knobs, faucets, keypads and telephones. Even stress can affect a person’s immune system.