There is no scientific evidence to suggest that consuming too much sugar will directly weaken your immune system. However, sugary foods and beverages contain a lot of calories and too many calories may adversely affect immune function. Processed foods high in sugar often lack fibre, which is important for maintaining […]
Sex has mental health benefits like reducing stress, boosting mood, and increasing libido. Sex also has physical health benefits like burning calories, boosting immunity, improving sleep, lowering blood pressure, and relieving pain. To have a healthy sex life, it’s important to communicate with your partner about how much sex is […]
The technology giant Microsoft is working with a Seattle-based biotech to better understand the wide range of immune responses to the novel coronaviruses. The duo are recruiting 1,000 US-based volunteers to enroll in a virtual trial. Eligible people have to live near certain metro areas and have to have been […]
While lockdowns are important to prevent the spread of coronavirus, certain aspects of quarantine aren’t good for our physical or mental health. Stress, too much time indoors, too few social interactions, and unhealthy coping mechanisms can actually dampen your immune system, according to experts. Here are some tips to prevent […]
Regular exercise can boost your immune system and help fight off infections. Exercise allows immune cells to perform effectively – it increases blood flow, reduces stress and inflammation, and can strengthen antibodies. Here’s how you can exercise safely to boost immunity during the coronavirus pandemic. This article was medically reviewed […]
Hydroxychloroquine is a drug that helps regulate and improve your immune system’s ability to fight off infection. It is normally used to treat malaria and autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatioid arthritis, and it has also been used to treat the coronavirus, despite mixed evidence on how effectively it resolves […]
Stress can contribute to headaches, stomach pains, and even weaken your immune system. Some research has found that chronic stress is associated with a higher likelihood of getting sick from the common cold virus. Chronic stress, and other mental health conditions like anxiety or depression, may also increase your risk […]
Loneliness, itself, won’t weaken the immune system, but loneliness is often associated with chronic stress and inflammation that could impair immune function. Research has found that it’s the perception of loneliness, not necessarily the physical separation from people, that can trigger a stress response and have a negative impact on […]
Immunocompromised means that a person is more likely to contract an infection because of a weakened immune system. Some of the conditions that compromise your immune system are HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, and common variable immunodeficiency (CVID). If you are immunocompromised you should take extra steps to protect yourself against infection […]
Some research has found that masturbation may help your immune system, and sex – whether solo or with a partner – is known to have health benefits. An orgasm, through masturbation or sex with a partner, can reduce stress and improve sleep quality. Masturbation is always the safest way to […]
Colloidal silver is not safe and too much of it can cause serious side effects like muscle weakness, kidney problems, and neurological damage. Taking colloidal silver can also lead to an incurable condition called argyria which turns the skin and gums blue. Companies that market colloidal silver as a health […]
Antibiotics are prescribed to treat bacterial infections and are mostly effective in these cases. However, antibiotics can also have harmful side effects, increase bacterial resistance, and sometimes even work against your immune system. Antibiotics are not effective against viruses, and overall, they are widely overprescribed and often unnecessary – here’s […]
Alcohol does weaken the immune system, when consumed excessively. Moderate alcohol use â€” defined as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men â€” is generally considered safe, and likely doesn’t weaken the immune system significantly. Overall, you should refrain from drinking too much alcohol […]
You can boost your immune system by making sure to get enough of vitamins like A,C,E,B6, D, and minerals like zinc, iron, and selenium. It is also helpful to eat enough protein, consume prebiotic foods, and eat brightly coloured fruits and vegetables which contain immune-boosting antioxidants. You should also get […]
Wellness gurus are recommending that people “boost” their immune system with superfoods to help protect themselves from the coronavirus. Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is important for your overall health and your immune system, but shunning processed foods and loading up on vitamins won’t prevent or cure the coronavirus. Instead, […]
There is no licensed vaccine that protects against Zika, a mosquito-borne virus that can result in birth defects. Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia recently created a vaccine that can neutralise the virus in mice. The experiment hasn’t been replicated in humans yet, but it’s showing early signs […]
Vitamin C can help maintain a healthy immune system. The best way to add vitamin C is through certain foods. It may also shorten your cold, though more research is needed. Everyone seems to have vitamin C on the brain once cold and flu season rolls around, as this essential […]
The reason tattoo ink stays in skin forever has to do with the immune system. When you get a tattoo, the ink flows down the tattooing needle into the middle layer of your skin, called the dermis. That creates a wound, which your body tries to heal by sending macrophages […]
Researchers are working on new medications to treat allergies by targeting the body’s immune system. Biotech company Aimmune found that after a year on its a peanut allergy treatment, 67% of the kids with high peanut allergies were able to tolerate 600 milligrams of peanut protein (about two to four […]
This year’s flu season is not messing around. As the virus has swept the US in recent months, people have turned to some strange habits to keep illness at bay, like chugging orange juice, “starving” their fevers, and taking antibiotics. (Spoiler: None of these will help.) Orange juice is high […]
“Man flu” is real, according to an article in the British Medical Journal. A professor in Canada argued that male immune systems are inherently weaker than female ones. This could lead to increased susceptibility to bad bouts of flu. Man flu is apparently real – and the cure is lying […]
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VIDEO: Researchers at the Salk Institute are hoping that with this new information, they can find a way to encourage the immune system to be even better at recognising and eliminating disease.
The future is closer than you think.
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