Common Immunity Myths (& Truths!)

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How Does the Immune System Work?

Being healthy is a top priority in our lives right now…and almost everyone’s best friend is their immune system. The immune system is a complex system of cells and molecules that protects our bodies from outside invaders like infections, bacteria, and viruses, called antigens. These antigens attach themselves to receptors on immune cells, which then triggers the immune system response. Then, the immune system stores the antigens’ DNA and makeup before creating, distributing, and storing white blood cells that fight these bacteria and viruses. 

Innate vs Adaptive Immune System

The immune system is actually made up of two subdivisions: the innate and adaptive immune systems. The innate system is more general. It provides a non-specific defense against germs and outside bacteria that enter through the skin or digestion. The adaptive immune system is more specific. It creates antibodies to fight specific germs and viruses that enter the body. This is the immune system that stores the DNA information of certain antigens to create specific antibodies to fight them off. 

Finding the Truths!

This past year, we’ve been bombarded with quick fixes that claim to boost your immunity to the moon and back. There are a lot of myths going around on how to help boost your immune system. So, let’s take a dive into some of them:

Myth One: Exercise has no effect and may even weaken the immune system.

Truth: Exercise lowers blood pressure, helps keep body weight under control, and can protect you from diseases. It does this by lowering the levels of hormonal cortisol in your body. Therefore, exercising actually boosts your immune system. 

Myth Two: The more active your immune system is, the healthy you are.

Truth: A hyperactive immune system is related to many different conditions like allergic reactions and underlying diseases such as diabetes and lupus.

Myth Three: Stress doesn’t impact the immune system

Truth: Stress produces a hormone called cortisol, which changes the way your white blood cells react to the viruses and bacteria that enter the body. Therefore, stress reduces the body’s ability to fight off diseases.

Myth Four: Gargling salt water or vinegar will kill viruses

Truth: Gargling salt water, vinegar, or other mixtures won’t kill anything, but it may soothe a sore throat. 

Myth Five: Being born with a good immune system will prevent you from getting sick.

Truth: Besides the fact that the immune system, unfortunately, weakens with age, there is no certainty that you won’t get sick.

 

What Can You Do To Boost Your Immunity?

So, all in all, there are a lot of immunity myths floating around on the internet, but there are ways that never fail to boost your immune system:

  • Eat healthily
  • Take vitamins and supplements as recommended 
  • Get proper sleep
  • Avoid smoking
  • Wash hands consistently
  • Exercise regularly
  • Take steps to reduce stress

Strong immunity is built through balanced, healthful decisions. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is your immune system. Taking care of your immune system takes time. Self-care isn’t just about the skin anymore. The inside of your body needs some love too.

This article was originally published at iveeapp.com.

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Tips for Buying Your First SUV

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If you are in the market for a new vehicle you may be considering buying an SUV. If you’ve never owned an SUV you may not know what you should be looking for when purchasing one.

They are impressive to look at but how do you choose the right one? Making the right choice is extremely important. To do this you must know as much as possible about what to look for when purchasing an SUV. Here is a look at things you must consider before making your purchase.

Manageability

If you’ve only driven cars your entire life especially small ones, it can be intimidating to drive an SUV, since they are much larger. SUVs come with a high driving position which gives you better visibility of the road.

However, while the visibility of the road is good, it can get tricky to park an SUV in tight spaces. Before buying an SUV it is best to test drive it. Don’t just drive it on the road, go to a car park and see if you can actually park it.

Consider Blind Spots

All vehicles have blind spots. However, the larger the vehicle the bigger the blind spots. This means that an SUV will definitely have a larger blind-spot because of its size. 

Many car buyers who are purchasing an SUV for the first time do not know that some SUVs have blind-spot monitors. When purchasing your first SUV it is best to buy a model with this feature.

SUVs Burn More Fuel

If fuel costs bother you then you should reconsider buying an SUV. An SUV will burn more fuel than a car. This is not to say that all SUVs will require an enormous amount of petrol. 

However, it is just a fact that on average they are more likely to burn more fuel than a car would.

The sheer size of the vehicle alone means that the engine will have to work harder, especially when the car is fully loaded and has a lot of passengers.

Check Out the Backseat Features

If you have children you want an SUV that has great rear ventilation and pockets in the back seats. This will have to keep the car tidy. Check all the compartment sizes and make sure that they are big enough for cup holders.

Make sure that there are airbags at the back of the vehicle as well. Take a look at the seats in the vehicle do they are easy to clean. Kids can get things messy especially if you allow them to eat in the car on trips.

Make Your Purchase

Buying an SUV for the first time is exciting. However, there is a lot to think about before you make your purchase. When you know what to expect you will not be blindsided when you finally drive the vehicle out of the dealership.

It may be a learning curve for you, but with time and patience you would learn to manage your new ride.

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Should You Do Your Own Car Repairs?

Thinking of fixing your car yourself? Before you pick up that wrench, it could be worth asking yourself some of these following questions first to make sure that it’s the right decision.

Do you have the technical knowledge?

Some car repairs don’t require too much technical know-how. This includes replacing windscreen wipers, changing tyres and even replacing brake pads. 

Other tasks may require a bit of mechanical understanding. While you may be able to teach yourself what to do using how-to blog posts and video tutorials, there’s only so much knowledge that you can cram in. It’s important to know when something is beyond your expertise – especially if it could be very expensive or dangerous if you get it wrong. 

What does the law say?

It’s not illegal to repair your car. However, there are certain repairs that could be deemed illegal if they’re not done to certain specs. Repairs that are also modifications may have to be done to roadworthy legal requirements. This is often why you need an expert for window tinting. Certain parts bought from abroad may also not be legal such as tires that don’t meet tread standards – so you should be careful as to where you buy parts.  

Fixing your car may also be illegal if you don’t technically own it. If it’s leased or even on finance, there may be small print in a contract that says you must seek out professional repairs. This is worth looking into before you get stuck in. 

Do you have the right tools?

Repairing your own car could save you money – but only if you have the right tools. If you have to buy specialist tools, you could end up spending a lot more than were you to use a mechanic that already has the right tools. 

Hiring tools may be an option in some cases. This could allow you to save costs without necessarily owning the right tools. 

Will it affect your insurance coverage? 

Most car insurers allow you to do your own repairs. You must however notify your insurer about any damage following an accident before making repairs. You don’t have to file a claim, however you must notify insurers if you don’t want to run the risk of making your insurance void. When it comes to fixing general wear and tear, notifying insurers is usually not necessary. 

Do you have the time and motivation?

Many people don’t have the time of motivation to fix their own car. If you’re this type of person, going to a mechanic can be a lot less hassle and is probably better for your sanity.

For others, fixing a car can be a hobby that is rewarding. If you belong to this group of people, then doing your own repairs could be worth it. If you have a passion for DIY, you’re less likely to cut corners. This is important as cutting corners could lead to mistakes or future problems.

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