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Can a cold be good for your body in some ways?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Can getting a cold be good for you in some ways? I know it can be awful but I am curious if it resets the body in some way. Everytime I am sick with the flu or something I will be really sick for a couple of days then after a good amount of rest I feel great by the end of it.

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Thanks I will check it out

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this does make since... you mentioned short-term imflammation, I didn't know that equated to a cold. I wonder if this is something that only happens naturally or would it be beneficial to induce it at times.. Either way I went 3 years without getting cold then had one and I noticed how I felt so much better after. My mood/energy lvls even improved..

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on May 16, 2012
at 08:23 PM

I'd recommend 'Why we get sick', which will give you context for your question and some answers.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Why-We-Get-Sick-Vintage/dp/0679746749/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1337199579&sr=8-1

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:07 PM

Thanks I will check it out

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on May 16, 2012
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Any doctor will tell you that short-term inflammation is good for you. It strengthens your immune system and enables your body to fight. From a evolutionary standpoint, that's how the fittest survived.

There is a book that talks about this indepth. Its called Survival of the sickest.

http://www.amazon.com/Survival-Sickest-Medical-Maverick-Discovers/dp/0060889659

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:06 PM

this does make since... you mentioned short-term imflammation, I didn't know that equated to a cold. I wonder if this is something that only happens naturally or would it be beneficial to induce it at times.. Either way I went 3 years without getting cold then had one and I noticed how I felt so much better after. My mood/energy lvls even improved..

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