There’s never a good time to be sick, but during the holiday season, illness is especially inconvenient. To ensure that your holidays won’t be ruined with the flu or a bad cold, you need a strong immune system.
Of course, a strong immune system, like strong bones, is important any time of year. In fact, the following three fun, scientifically-proven ways to build your immunity have the additional benefit of building your bones.
Yes, bone-building and immunity are connected…
What Your Immune System Has To Do With Your Bone Health
Many things that nourish your bones also enhance your immune system. For example, several Foundation Foods have nutrients that do “double duty” as bone-builders and immunity-builders. Conversely, some practices, such as the flu shot, can actually harm your bones, your overall health, and add to your body’s toxic burden, all under the guise of immune protection.
When you build up your body’s own defenses, it’s like putting on a suit of armor against illness. That’s why I want to share these three tips for building that protective “suit,” starting with a surprising connection between social behavior and immunity.
1. Socializing Makes For A Stronger Immune System
You may really want to attend more holiday get-togethers this season. According to a fascinating study on personality types and immunity, the more socially-oriented a person is, the better his or her immune system.1 It seems ironic, since socializing exposes you to communicable germs; but it may be this very exposure that builds the immunity of social butterflies. I’ll explain.
The study examined the pro-inflammatory genes in the white blood cells of various personality types. Researchers found that those who engaged in a more extraverted social life actually had increased expression of the pro-inflammatory genes. That basically means that their immune systems were active and “alert,” making them less prone to illness.1
Head researcher Professor Kavita Vedhara notes that the exposure to more infections via socializing stimulates the immune system to “deal effectively with infection.”1
Not only will your body be dealing more effectively with infection if you socialize more; you’ll also be improving your mood and reducing anxiety, both key elements in bone health. That is why Chapter 14 of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program is entitled, “Relax and Have Fun.” Reducing stress and anxiety is crucial for decreasing levels of bone-damaging cortisol in the body. In addition, lifting your mood greatly lessens the likelihood that you’ll turn to anti-depressant drugs, which actually increase the risk of fracture.
2. Listen To Music
It’s amazing how we tend to forget how pleasurable it is to listen to music, especially when we’re very busy. But scientists have discovered a clear connection between listening to music, immunity, and stress reduction.
Dr. Ronny Enk and his research team at the Max Planck Institute in Germany discovered that listening to music actually changes the number of infection-fighting antibodies in our bloodstream. These antibodies are produced by white blood cells, and when we listen to music for about an hour, the body responds by increasing the production of these antibodies.2 Amazing!
What kind of music is best? According to Dr. Enk, it really doesn’t matter what music you listen to as long as it is uplifting and energizing for you personally.
“We’d expect that different kinds of music might show different physiological and immunological effects,” says Dr. Enk. “Not only the music itself is important but probably the personal appraisal of the listener will also be important. We did not use relaxing music, but rather exciting music that were joyful dance tunes from different centuries.”2
And finally, listening to music reduces cortisol, which is a key element in reversing osteoporosis. Cortisol is a steroid-like hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. Over time, your bones will lose density and strength when exposed to this hormone.
3. Exercise Regularly
It’s no secret that regular exercise offers a plethora of benefits for mind and body. But some interesting research published in the American Journal of Medicine shows a specific, immune system benefit of exercise.
After one year of regular exercise (45 minutes, five days a week), a group of postmenopausal, obese, previously-sedentary women experienced much fewer upper respiratory infections than the control group, which did stretching just once a week.3
The study’s conclusion could not be more evident:
“…1 year of moderate-intensity exercise training can reduce the incidence of colds among postmenopausal women. These findings…add a new facet to the growing literature on the health benefits of moderate exercise.”3
Indeed, The “Literature On The Health Benefits Of Moderate Exercise” Is Growing.
Research shows again and again that the human body is meant to be in motion, and movement stimulates muscle and bone strength. And, as this study shows, it’s also essential for building the immune system. Certainly exercising is a much better way to avoid illness than the toxic flu shot!
So regular exercise is just one more way to boost immunity and simultaneously build your bones. In fact, why not combine all three of these immune-boosting tips? Gather a group to exercise with you to get some social time, and listen to music while you work out!
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That’s one of the great things about the Densercise™ Epidensity Training System. It is easily tailored to fit your needs, regardless of the location or season. You can invite friends and relatives to Densercise™ with you, and don’t forget to play your favorite songs while you exercise, whether you are by yourself or with others.
Till next time,
1 Vedhara, Kavita, et al. “Personality and gene expression: Do individual differences exist in the leukocyte transcriptome?” Psychoneuroendocrinology. February 2015. Vol. 52, pages 72-82. Web. http://www.psyneuen-journal.com/article/S0306-4530%2814%2900416-8/abstract
2 Sarich, Christina. “Research Links Music To Increased Immunity, Better Mood.” Natural Society. May 13, 2013. Web. http://naturalsociety.com/research-links-music-increased-immunity-better-mood/
3 Chubak, Jessica, et al. “Moderate-Intensity Exercise Reduces the Incidence of Colds Among Postmenopausal Women.” The American Journal of Medicine. November 2006. Volume 119, issue 11, pages 937-942.e5. Web. http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343%2806%2900782-0/abstract