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.
Many enjoy how a cocktail can help undo the stress of a hectic workday or calm nerves during a social event. Others reach for a drink, in part, because of the health benefits it may bring. But there’s another side to alcohol—one that makes it worthwhile to take stock of your drinking habits and how they might be affecting your wellness.
Because you care about your health, keeping your cardiovascular system working well is probably a core goal for you. So you’ll want to know about a new way of understanding the origins of chronic disease that has changed the way we think about preventing heart disease.
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.
There seems to be no end to the confusion about alcohol and health. To better understand how drinking can affect your health—and other areas of your life, including your personal and professional relationships—it helps to first dispel some common myths and misconceptions.
From losing weight to exercising regularly to getting more sleep, people are starting to take steps to keep inflammation in check—and that deserves our applause. But one weapon in this war is often overlooked—managing stress.
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.
A drink might have some benefits—but alcohol doesn’t always do a body good. “As much as we talk about the benefits of drinking, we also have to talk about the concerns and the risks,” says Mark Liponis, M.D., corporate medical director of Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass.
While the message about the importance of antioxidants has come through loud and clear—they help prevent cancer, are anti-aging, the list goes on—there remains much confusion about how, exactly, they work in the body, and what the ideal ways are to boost them.
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.
You hear a lot about preventive medicine these days, but the truth is that most of what we do at the doctor’s office doesn’t really stop us from developing illnesses. Learn more about avoiding illness, rather than simply detecting or diagnosing it.
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.