Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Why are some people's immune system stronger than others?

Why are some people's immune system stronger than others?

My husband always seems to get sick before I do, if I even get sick.  I guess that means that my immune system is stronger than his.  I hardly ever get sick, even though I am highly allergic to everything.

One of his cousins and one of my friends are germophobes and are constantly sanitizing everything, yet their kids are always sick.

I was trying to research if there is a reason why some people have stronger immune systems than others or if there is a way to strengthen your own immune system.

I came across this page:
http://alisongraham.hubpages.com/hub/Top-Tips-To-Boost-Immune-System-And-Build-Up-Immune-System-Naturally which listed:

  • Learn how to deal with stress
  • Get the right amount of sleep
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Cut down on refined foods and eliminate food allergens
  • Eliminate toxins, chemicals and pesticides from your environment
  • Cut down on alcohol and caffeine
  • Eat plenty of Fruit and Vegetables
  • Eat fish
  • Take regular moderate exercise
  • Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine
  • Consider taking some supplements
  • Wash your hands regularly

Many of the sites I came across mentioned the same types of things.  I think they are all crock of crap.
  • I guess I deal with stress fairly well
  • I don't get enough sleep.  Usually 6-7 hours.  
  • I don't drink as much water as I should.
  • I have cut down on as much refined foods as possible.  I avoid the food allergens that I am aware of.
  • I drink alcohol moderately.  I drink caffeine all the time.
  • I don't eat enough fruit and vegetables.
  • I rarely eat fish.
  • I regularly exercise.
  • I try to get fresh air and sunshine when possible.
  • I take supplements, but not a multi-vitamins.
  • I wash my hands regularly, but not with soap, as the soap dries my hands.
Yet, I hardly get sick....

Perhaps there is no way to strengthen your immune system.  Maybe it's just one of those things that you are born with or not?

A pretty good lesson on the Immune System: