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Colds, Flu & Exercise

Friday, December 13, 2013

Cambridge University experts reported  in The  British Journal of Sports Medicine that colds were more common in people who did not exercise regularly. The same could be said of flu. It is well known that regular, moderate exercise contributed to ones resistance to infections, and in the British study of more than 1,000 people, regular moderate exercise nearly halved the odds of catching cold viruses.

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.

Proper diet and exercise go hand in hand.

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.
One simple precaution is frequent washing the hands with soap and water. When this is not convenient, an alcohol-based hand cleaner may help. The secret is being aware.

In summary, proper diet, including fresh vegetables and fruit, and adequate hydration with water and fruit juices, and regular exercise, may just be what the doctor ordered to lessen the occurrence of colds and flu this season.  

Spencer Thornton, MD - Biosyntrx President