Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you never got sick again? You’d never be stuck in bed with a runny nose, have to call out of work for a hacking cough or avoid going out with friends due to congestion and a pounding headache.
Although it would be nice if there was a certain supplement you could take or a particular lifestyle you could live to ensure that you never caught a common cold again, this is not the reality.
In order for the body to effectively fight off an illness before it causes symptoms, your body needs to have been introduced to that particular strain of illness in the past. The first step in understanding this concept is understanding how the immune system works.
Understanding the Immune System
Have you ever wondered why you caught dozens of colds as a child, but don’t seem to get sick as frequently as an adult? The answer lies in the immune system. The immune system works to keep harmful pathogens out of the body, as well as destroy those that have already found their way in. Aside from the nervous system, it is the most complicated system in the human body.
There are two main parts of the immune system: innate and adaptive. The innate or nonspecific immune system helps provide a general defense against harmful pathogens. On the other hand, the adaptive immune system helps target specific pathogens that the body has already come into contact with and eradicate them in a way that it already knows how to. 1
How does this work exactly? White blood cells also referred to as leukocytes, are essentially the guardians of the immune system. They are on constant patrol and look for pathogens that may have found their way into the body. When they find a target, they send out signals that call for backup, and other white blood cells rush to the scene to fight the invader.
When the body is introduced to a new pathogen, the white blood cells (specifically the b-lymphocytes) work together to create antibodies to fight off the illness. If the same strain of virus or bacteria enters the body again, the body already has these antibodies in place to fight off the infection before it can cause any symptoms. 2
As a child, many strains of viruses and bacteria are new, and the body doesn’t have all of the necessary antibodies in place to effectively fight them off before they can cause symptoms. As an adult, you’ve been exposed to many illnesses, and your immune system has developed enough antibodies to fight off many of these strains. Because of this, you get sick less often.
Unfortunately, viruses are constantly mutating and it is nearly impossible for you to have been exposed to every single strain of the common cold. Because of this, when a particular strain t hat you have never been exposed to enters your body, your immune system doesn’t yet know how to fight it off, causing you to get sick.
How To Never Get Sick
Although you may be susceptible to particular strains of the common cold, there are still ways of boosting your immune system and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that can help keep illness at bay.
Reducing stress levels, eating a diet high in fresh fruits and vegetables, getting enough vitamin D, ensuring you get a proper seven to eight hours of sleep a night and having a consistent exercise regimen can help you stay healthy.
Washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact with those who are ill, disinfecting common surfaces, and avoiding touching your face can all also help you stay clear of germs that can make you sick.
Additionally, diffusing essential oils with disinfecting and immune-stimulating properties can also help keep your home free of germs and boost immune system function.
A good combination of cold-fighting essential oils is lemon, clove bud, cinnamon leaf, rosemary, and eucalyptus. Simply mix a drop of each of these essential oils in a diffuser and diffuse throughout your home to eradicate pathogens and ease symptoms.
While it may not be possible to never get a cold again, every illness you contract helps your immune system function more effectively in the future. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle and using natural remedies such as essential oils, you can help reduce the frequency and intensity of the common cold.
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