Immunity is really different in women and men. The immune system itself does not have gender characteristics, but it is closely related to the nervous and endocrine systems, and there are plenty of gender differences in them. Does this affect how to strengthen female or male immunity? Of course yes.
If you were born a woman, then you should congratulate yourself, because you are the owner of a stronger immunity. Such a gift was made by nature in the course of evolution, protecting a woman from infections during childbirth. Female immunity is considered to be stronger due to the action of estrogen hormones, which provide a more active immune response to the penetration of viruses, bacteria and other pathogens. But the male sex hormone testosterone, having an anti-inflammatory effect, suppresses the activity of the immune system and the production of antibodies, so even the immune response to the vaccine in men is weaker than in women.
Women are less susceptible to bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, and according to some studies, even coronavirus is less likely than men. But there is also a downside to the action of female immunity: alas, the representatives of the fair half of humanity are more likely to suffer from autoimmune diseases, in which strong immunity attacks the body’s own cells.
It would seem that with such a strong immunity, women can worry less about viral diseases. But female immunity also has its own vulnerabilities: any malfunction of the nervous or endocrine system significantly weakens the defenses of the woman’s body, and here the handicap is more likely on the side of men.
Due to the nature of the nervous system, women are more susceptible to stress, as it turned out, even negative news reports contribute to the production of the stress hormone cortisol in the female body twice as intensely as in the male. Depression or neurosis seriously undermine the defenses of the female body and significantly increase the risk of contracting infectious diseases.
In addition, female immunity depends on the state of hormonal balance. Any disturbance during stress, during the period of age-related hormonal changes, during perimenopause, menopause, and even monthly fluctuations in the balance in the direction of decreasing estrogen and increasing progesterone negatively affect immunity.
Therefore, in strengthening female immunity, it is necessary to pay attention to two fundamentally important points. First of all, it is necessary to eliminate stress, and for this, use relaxation techniques, learn breathing practices (they work well in yoga classes), take an active rest, choose outdoor walks, do your favorite sports, try to maintain a sleep schedule, because melatonin produced in a dream plays important role in the body – it is a powerful antioxidant and immunostimulating hormone that restores the body during sleep. Vitamins of group B, folic acid, magnesium, selenium, vitamin D will help to withstand in the fight against stress.
The second important point is that you need to monitor the state of the hormonal background. Maintain hormonal balance with vitamins, minerals and phytoestrogens – safe substances found in plants that can act as estrogen in the body. Phytoestrogens prolong youth and have a beneficial effect on women’s health. Do not forget to be sure to be observed by a gynecologist and endocrinologist.
Special care for women’s health and immunity is provided by special women’s biocomplexes – they contain all the necessary vitamins, minerals, as well as well-selected herbal ingredients that support the immune, endocrine and nervous systems.
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