What makes for “strong immunity” can be confusing. 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—and you can do your part to help yours stay that way.
“Inflammation is an active immune system’s response to some stressor, like an infection, injury, allergy or emotional crisis,” explains Dr. Mark Liponis, M.D., corporate medical director of Canyon Ranch in Lenox, Mass. When your body needs it to, say, protect you from the flu, it is what helps keep you from getting sick or gets you on the road to being well again. But this positive force can also bring its own set of dangers. “Inflammation can arise for a number of reasons, not just illness. And whenever it is present, your system is busy and you have fewer resources available to fight off a real threat.”
Do what you can to keep your immune system ready, willing and able by helping it stay quiet when its efforts truly aren’t needed and keeping inflammation in check: