I hear this all the time. The truth is, we should get no more than one cold per year, and we should not have high cholesterol, acid reflux, backaches, headaches, muscle cramps, rashes, warts, fungus on our toenails, baldness, constipation, premature graying, difficult menstruation, mood swings, and depression.
So what are you eating? Most of us are eating the cheapest food you can find that has not (as far as we know) been on the floor. That may not be good enough. You might be able to do better if you know how to eat in season and for your condition; how to find healthier foods and getting rid of sniffles, sneezing, and headaches may seem like a dream, but it’s possible. However, you need to know what’s making you sick.
We all know that it’s important to eat healthy foods to stay well, but rarely do we think about dehydration making us sick. Water plays a key role in keeping illnesses away. Each and every tissue of our body depends on water. It helps carry nutrients and minerals into cells and keeps your mouth, nose, and throat moist, important for avoiding illness.
Sometimes mild to moderate dehydration is difficult to identify, but it can make you sick. Most common symptoms of dehydration include a headache, fatigue, and constipation. So if you’re feeling any of those, drink more water before it turns into something more serious.
Lack of Sleep:
An adult’s optimum sleeping time is 6 to 8 hours while children and teens need as much as up to 10 hours of sleep per day. Sleep is very important for every human body being to function normally. We would not be able to do our everyday actions without sleep.
Also, when we sleep, our immune system releases a kind of protective proteins which fight viruses and infections. Due to lack quality sleep, the body can’t produce enough proteins to protect you from diseases. A long-term lack of a good sleep may lead to obesity, cardiovascular problems, and diabetes. Thus the need to sleep at least 6 hours or more, depending on your age, is necessary.
Your hands can be a hotbed for infections waiting to happen. Germs can live on your hands and enter your system when you touch your face or lips or mostly when you eat. There is a very easy way to save yourself from this avoidable danger: wash your hands properly.
You need to wash your hands with water and soap for at least 20 seconds. If water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. You especially need to clean your hands after going to the bathroom, changing diapers, handling animals or handling garbage.
Make Friends with Fresh Air
Common wisdom has it that staying indoors, where it’s toasty and warm, is easier on your immune system than being outside in the cold. Problem is, inside putting you in close constant contact with other people and their germs.
Not only does escaping into the fresh air give you a break from all those germs circulating inside, but going for a stroll can actually boost your immunity. Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils, and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function.
What Should You Eat?
- Boiled grains such as brown rice (pressure-cooked, short grain with a pinch of sea salt in winter), millet, barley and quinoa to name a few;
- Sautéed vegetables such as cabbage, carrots, onions, winter squash, turnips, radishes, broccoli, mushrooms, and cauliflower are great, as are blanched or pressed salads, and sea salt pickles;
- Bean soups and stews burritos, chili and soy products such as tempeh, tofu, and natto.
- A small amount of, wild fish such as cod or salmon, once per week this time of year is fine.
There are also some superfoods, such as umeboshi plums, shiitake mushrooms, daikon radish, and sesame seeds.
Some of us have resigned ourselves to being “the sick,” but it doesn’t have to be that way. Take a view of your lifestyle, and notice if any of these sneaky things are making you sick.