Think you’ve got nothing to look forward to as you get older? Think again! According to everydayhealth.com getting older might actually improve your health in a number of unexpected ways.
As the years fly by, it’s easy to focus on the less-than-desirable aspects of your aging physique. But did you know that, in some ways, your body actually gets better with age? In fact, doctors and researchers are discovering that the natural aging process has certifiable health benefits. The changes aren’t dramatic and they certainly won’t turn back the hands of time, but even small physiological improvements can make a big difference when it comes to feeling younger and enjoying life more.
Here’s one of real benefits you can look forward to as you grow older.
Fewer Colds and Other Viruses
You’re less likely to get sick with colds and other minor viral infections after midlife. The reason: Each time your body is exposed to a virus, it develops antibodies that make you immune to that virus in the future. This means that more you age, the more likely it is that you’ll be immune to many — but not all — cold viruses. There are more than 200 different viruses that cause colds. “But by the time you reach your 60s or 70s with a lifetime of colds behind you, you’ve developed immunity to many of the circulating cold viruses,” says Jack Gwaltney, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville. Unfortunately, this increased immunity doesn’t apply to the flu virus, as this bug mutates every year.
Healthy Advice Get a flu shot, and wash up frequently. Hand-washing is a top-notch flu-and-cold preventer. To boost your immunity, get plenty of sleep, eat lots of fruits and veggies, and actively manage your stress, a known immunity-sapper.