Do remember when we were young our mother or grandmother would tell us not to go outside in the cold without a coat on or we would catch pneumonia? Is that really true? Could we really catch pneumonia by going outside into the cold without a coat on? The cold weather can be a factor but more needs to be happening behind the scenes in order to actually get pneumonia. There are various kinds of viruses and bacteria that cause pneumonia and they have to be present in your body in order to contract this illness.

The typical case of pneumonia is caused by the Pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumonia) bacterium. Viruses like rhinoviruses, influenza, herpes simplex, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can also be considered a cause of pneumonia. Pneumonia can be deadly for AIDS patients because their immune systems are already in a severely weakened state.

How can you contract pneumonia? A perfect storm of sorts has to happen before you contract pneumonia. For example, your immune system has to be very weak, the bacterium or virus has to be very strong, and the bacterium or virus has to be in your body and remain there for some time. There is as much as a 50-50 chance that you or anyone else is a carrier of pneumonia organisms without even being aware of it. However, only a small fraction of these carriers will contract the disease. On the other hand, if you allow yourself to become greatly run down because of too much work, or you are not receiving sufficient rest, and should the weather also be bad, those bacteria or viruses might very well take over, and then the next thing you know - you are the world's next victim of pneumonia.

How can you prevent pneumonia? The harm that bacteria and viruses can do depends largely upon the condition of their environment which is your body. So, to the extent that is possible, build a disease-resistant environment within your body by giving due attention to your health even when you are not sick. Acquire resistance to pneumonia by building a strong, healthy immune system. That means eating wholesome, nourishing food and keeping your muscles, heart, and lungs sound with necessary exercise, and by getting sufficient rest and sleep. Keep your glutathione levels high on a daily basis. Glutathione is naturally produced by the human body and it is the main component needed to develop a very strong immune system.

In the beginning of this article we talked about three variables that need to be present in order for somebody to contract pneumonia. One of them was having a weak immune system. If you have a strong immune system the other two variables cannot affect you. Start today by strengthening your immune system.

Author's Bio: 

Michael has been working in the medical field as an EMT for the last 16 years and has been a consultant for the health and wellness firm, Immunotec, since October 2008. His goal is to educate you regarding ways to ensure that your health reaches an optimum level and it stays that way. If you would like to comment on this article and others like it please visit My Blog . If you would like to learn more about or purchase some products mentioned in the article please visit the Product Page.