It’s that time of year again, when everybody seems to have the cold or the flu. You don’t want to get sick yourself, but how much do you really know about your immune system? By getting to know the system responsible for fighting disease and protecting your health, you can maximize your wellness even during the winter.
These three surprising facts might change your views and encourage you to give your body some more TLC.
Sometimes Illness Symptoms Are Actually a Good Thing
When you get a cold, you most likely struggle with a runny nose and congestion. Though it seems like those symptoms are part of the sickness, they are actually indications that you immune system is working!
As soon as the rhinovirus invades your upper respiratory tract, your immune system generates chemicals called histamines that dilate your blood vessels and allow white blood cells to reach the infected tissue. This is very important, but in the process those inflamed blood vessels in your nasal cavity cause the unpleasant symptoms that keep you reaching for the DayQuil. Read More