Ever wonder why some people never get sick during flu season?
Do you wonder why you never make it through the flu season without getting sick? Some people seem to be ill all the time, and pick up every bug that’s going.
Every year thousands of people come down with the flu. This season be proactive. Look at what is stressing you out and wrecking your immune system down. To help understand why you are getting sick, learn the six reasons that will increase your chances of getting sick in the first place.
Once you know what these are, you can help your immune system keep you well this flu season. Remember if you do get sick it is important to stay home, rest, and wash your hands so you don’t make others around you sick.
In some case, you may need to see your health practitioner and get a full checkup to be sure that there is nothing serious causing you to be ill more than the average person is.
Keep in mind that it is not simple luck that some are very healthy, while you seem to catch something every other month. There are some well-researched reasons as to why some people get ill more often than others do. So let’s take a look at ways to keep you well this flu season.
6 Reasons You Might Fall Sick
A poor diet will lower your immunity. There are so many sayings about healthy eating, such as “you are what you eat”; this has never been truer. Your body needs a well-balanced, healthy diet that provides all the essential food groups and vitamins.
Without a proper diet, your body cannot function effectively and fight any infections away. It is important to consume organic whole foods. Consuming processed foods and sugars will make you tired, create inflammation and is more likely to make you sick.
With a healthy diet, any small bug that comes your way can quickly and easily be fought off without turning into an illness.
2. Sleep Deprivation
Quite simply, if you don’t get enough sleep, you will fall ill. Sleep enables the body to rest and recover, and without this, it will be unable to function properly.
While we sleep, the immune system produces proteins that fight inflammation and disease. When you are sick or stressed, your body needs even more of these proteins; without sleep, your body simply cannot make enough to fight the infection.
During sleep, the immune system produces proteins that fight inflammation and disease. When you are sick or stressed, your body needs more of these proteins; without sleep, your body simply cannot produce enough to fight the infection.
While sleep deprivation leads to increased illnesses like colds and flu, it has been shown to have much more harmful and long-lasting effects. Conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes have all been linked to sleep deprivation.
Stress is a normal part of living and in fact, in small doses, it can be healthy. However, when we become too stressed for too long, our health is significantly affected.
Research has repeatedly shown that chronic stress directly affects our immune system, weakening it and making us much more susceptible to illnesses. Stress directly contributes to minor illnesses, but also much more serious conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.
Too much stress is also linked to sleep deprivation – how many times have you not been able to sleep because you have too much on your mind that you worrying or stressing about?
In short, too much stress is very bad for our health. To help lessen your stress practice yoga, meditation, slow deep breathing exercises and taking time just to relax.
4. Nutrients And Vitamins
While all vitamins and nutrients are important, some are especially good at fighting off infection and illnesses. Magnesium, in particular, helps us to manage stress, and react to situations.
When we are stressed, unwell or sometimes even just cold, we are using up our stores of magnesium. Unless this is replaced, we will be running low and therefore more likely to get ill.
Similarly, vitamin D is essential for many basic functions, and it is much harder to get sufficient levels in the winter. Vitamin C is an essential component of the immune system, and without it, you will more likely be falling ill.
If you are not getting enough vitamins and other necessary nutrients through your daily diet, consider taking a supplement to ensure you are able to fight any illness that comes your way. If you do start to feel like your coming down with something you can get started on various remedies such as mushroom formula, zinc, elderberry, or a blend of these.
People aren’t drinking enough water. One way to ensure drinking more water is to replace soda and lattes with water. Every part of our body depends on a sufficient amount of water to function properly.
Without sufficient water, vital organs and muscles struggle. Each day, we lose a large quantity of water through our bowels, sweat, and urination. Imagine how dry and sore your throat would be without any moisture or water.
Dehydration happens when you are not replacing lost fluids adequately, and your body starts to struggle. It may not seem like a big problem at first, as the symptoms are similar to that of a mild cold or a headache. However, dehydration can become life threatening if left uncared for.
Are you a workaholic? Do you work much more than you rest or relax? Is work always your first and foremost priority? This can well contribute to being run down. When you are run down, you are more susceptible to illness.
Bottom line, there is no magic to wellness; it really is all about self-care. It takes an effort to maintain a high level of good health, but you are well worth it!