When you consider that your immune system is your body’s natural defense against threats to your health, you may think that it best serves you by always being active and in fighting mode. But a strong immune system is actually one that remains calm and un-agitated until it is called to action.
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Only about 25 percent of age-associated disease is genetically determined. That means that our environment and lifestyle choices are much stronger predictors of how long we will live. Little lifestyle tweaks may not feel like much, but they have a powerful payoff.
For some, there’s nothing like the burst of energy from a morning cup of coffee or tea. And that’s perfectly OK. When consumed in moderation (no more than about two cups of coffee a day, for example), caffeine is safe for most people.
When your doctor interprets test results, she is looking to see whether they fall within set healthy ranges. Getting a little more familiar with the numbers can help you better understand your health and have more productive conversations with your doctor.
While caffeine is not outright harmful to most people, it can—in addition to making you jumpy or irritable—potentially contribute to certain health problems, particularly if you overdo it. Find out if you could benefit from curbing your caffeine routine.
Inflammation is something you’re undoubtedly familiar with—the skin redness that comes from a bee sting or the swelling that results from twisting your ankle. Inflammation—your immune system’s natural fix-it response—comes, it protects, it heals and then—poof—it disappears. At least that’s when things happen as they should.
"Healthy" means more than simply the absence of disease. Don't wait until something goes terribly awry to focus on your health. Be proactive and nurture yourself. These words of wisdom may help inspire you to live a life beyond "not sick."
The cause of this type of depression, which most often strikes in darker months, isn’t exactly known—which can make addressing it challenging. While all you may want is a surefire treatment, giving some new solutions a try may bring you renewed hope—even the help you seek.
Think of CRP sort of like a crystal ball: Its presence can be one of the first things that hints at an underlying health problem. And because inflammation plays a role in the development of a myriad long-term health concerns, your CRP level can, essentially, foretell if such issues are likely to strike you in years to come.
Many of us assume that just because we don’t have a disease or an ailment that requires immediate attention, we are "healthy." This strategy prevents us from optimizing our physical and emotional health, which can set the stage for complications and the onset of chronic conditions down the road.
Should you completely avoid stress? Not only is that impossible, but some level of stress helps you stay safe and productive. The key is to learn to manage stress to keep cortisol from impacting your health.
For something you can’t exactly point to, your immune system does quite a job of making its presence known. We are constantly learning more about the complicated intricacies of our immune system. While you can’t control its destiny, you can make lifestyle choices that support healthy immunity.