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The three S’s for immune health: Stress (reduction), Sleep and Sport

Posted Nov 10 2010 7:04am

NPR had a story this week on the cold season , and why some people never get sick while everyone around them is suffering from the winter crud (or spring crud or fall crud). While there is nothing really surprising here, it’s always good to hear that newer research is confirming some established wisdom on the subject. A study of adults (60% female/40% male) in the British Journal of Sports Medicine , according to the NPR story, showed that those who exercised 20 minutes each day for five days a week experienced 40% fewer sick days than those who exercised less than one day a week.

Stress and sleep (which kind of go hand in hand) also weighed in. A Carnegie Mellon study mentioned in the NPR piece showed that people who slept less than 7 hours a night were 2.9 times more likely to get sick than people who slept 8 hours or more.

Of course, proper diet helps out as well. That could be the fourth S in this sequence:  Sustenance. And EpiCor. The 5th S: Supplementation.  So in the span of one story, the Three S’s have now morphed into the 5 S’s. Get your 5 S’s and stay healthy!

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