A recent survey conducted among Brits has uncovered the most common methods employed to maintain a healthy immune system, including practices like ice baths, acupuncture, and colonic irrigation.
The poll of 2,000 adults revealed that 34 percent of respondents adopt such tactics in the hope of boosting their natural defenses, with 37 percent indicating a heightened focus on immune support over the past two years.
Other popular immunity-boosting strategies include having more sex, listening to uplifting music, taking vitamin D, fasting, and gargling saltwater.
Surprisingly, nearly four percent of participants even attempted colonic irrigation, a process involving the injection of water into the colon through the anus to eliminate toxins.
The study also found that 27 percent of individuals are open to exploring more “extreme” measures to enhance their immunity, such as undergoing IV vitamin infusions. However, 52 percent remain skeptical about the effectiveness of these alternative approaches.
In contrast, 70 percent of respondents believe that incorporating small daily habits could be a more sustainable and effective way to support their immune system.
The research, commissioned by Actimel, also revealed that 40 percent of participants are eager to discover immune system support tactics they are likely to stick to.
Dr. Jenna Macciochi, an immunologist collaborating with Actimel, stated, “Movement and increasing vitamin D intake through diet are two key ways to support the immune system. They are also among the easiest and most accessible methods for promoting immune health. While it is encouraging to see such a large proportion of those polled actively seeking steps to support their immune system, they may be going to greater lengths than necessary. I firmly believe in adopting small daily habits for sustainable immune system support.”
The study further revealed that 32 percent of adults have made New Year’s resolutions to support their immune system. However, 43 percent were only able to maintain these resolutions for three to four weeks.
The top reasons for abandoning their pledges were lack of motivation (50 percent), incompatibility with existing routines (44 percent), and perceived unsustainability (32 percent).
This year, 86 percent of participants intend to pursue at least one activity or tactic aimed at promoting a healthy immune system. Moreover, 54 percent believe they will be more successful if they find methods that do not require a complete lifestyle overhaul and can fit within their existing routines.
According to the survey conducted by OnePoll, 52 percent of adults consider their immune system to be strong. However, 28 percent admit to lacking knowledge about immune system support, with 50 percent expressing a desire to learn more about the subject.
Dr. Jenna Macciochi from Actimel emphasized, “Interest in the immune system among the general public has increased in recent years. However, it is important to note that extreme measures are not necessary to support this aspect of our health. Movement, a nutritious diet, proper vitamin intake, and consumption of nutritious foods and drinks can often be sufficient. The little things we do daily can make the biggest difference.”
Here are the top 20 most common ways people have tried to support their immune system, according to the survey:
- Drinking more water
- Taking Vitamin D
- Regular exercise
- Following a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables
- Taking oral vitamin supplements
- Focusing on getting sufficient sleep
- Increasing step count
- Drinking lemon water
- Consuming fortified foods
- Trying intermittent fasting
- Gargling salt water
- Engaging in sexual activity
- Taking cold showers
- Participating in Veganuary
- Going on wellbeing retreats
- Intentionally exposing themselves to sick people to build antibodies
- Taking ice baths
- Trying acupuncture
- Engaging in wild swimming
- Exploring osteopathy