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Some people seem to coast through the year with hardly more than a sniffle to slow them down. What’s worse, when you ask them their secret, they often shrug and say they don’t really do anything differently – they’re just born that way.
Yet you’re stuck here wondering, why do I keep getting sick every month when they don’t?
For most people, cold and flu cases are a regular reality. You can do everything right, from washing your hands regularly to avoiding other sick people. Still, somehow, you wind up bed-ridden with a high fever or blowing through a box of tissues in a single morning.
If you’re sick of getting sick all the time, take action. With these tips, you can bolster your body’s natural immune system and potentially keep your healthy streak running throughout the year.
Alleviate Chronic Stress Through Mindfulness and Exercise
Research shows a clear link between high levels of stress and higher incidences of sickness. Stress precipitates sickness in a couple of ways. Firstly, chronic stress leads to elevated cortisol levels, which can leave you more susceptible to becoming ill. Secondly, stress may facilitate secondary habits that lower your immune system: poor sleep, neglected diet and substance abuse.
Alleviating chronic stress won’t be an overnight project. But there are some simple ways to get the ball rolling. Start by making time for regular exercise; the endorphins you release during a good sweat go a long way toward mitigating stress. You may also consider meditation; research shows that mindfulness can help keep you calm and stress-free.
Get Quality Sleep by Creating a Consistent Routine
When you sleep, your body produces what are called cytokines – proteins instrumental in suppressing illness. If you’re sleep-deficient, those cytokine levels decrease, negatively impacting your immune system. Of course, this is an oversimplification of a complex medical process, but the bottom line remains: quality sleep helps your body fend off illness.
To get the sleep your body deserves, create a consistent schedule. If possible, go to bed at the same time each night and wake up at the same time each morning.
Try Superfoods to Help Boost Your Immune System
A growing amount of scientific research suggests that certain “superfoods” may improve your immune system.
Take chaga mushrooms, for instance. These fantastic fungi are nutrient-dense, with bountiful levels of B-complex vitamins, potassium, zinc, iron and amino acids. Crucially, they also contain lots of Vitamin D, which, according to medical research, helps decrease your susceptibility to infection. As part of your morning routine (after a restful night of quality sleep), try stirring some chaga powder in hot water for a potentially immune-boosting morning tea.
Consider Kicking Bad Habits
Finally, try kicking any bad habits you still carry. Alcohol and tobacco – two of the most common habit-forming substances – can negatively affect your immune system. Quitting either of these substances can be difficult for some. Consult with your doctor about the best way to quit. Ultimately, they know your health situation better than an internet article ever can!
With a relaxed attitude, a consistent sleep schedule, a morning chaga tea and one bad habit fewer, you should be able to stop that next cold before it starts.
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