Now that winter is coming round, there are coughs and colds flying around all over the place. You can try to avoid it all you like but you’re going to come across people that are sick, there’s no way to avoid it. Getting ill at this time of year is normal and all of us are likely to come down with something once or twice before summer rolls around again. But if you find yourself getting sick with something new every single week, there might be something bigger going on there. If your immune system just can’t fight off those bugs, you need to take steps to bolster it a bit, especially during winter when you’re more likely to come into contact with illnesses. These are some of the things that could be making you sick and how you can combat them.
When you’re getting sick a lot, it’s often because you’ve got deficiencies in certain vitamins, like vitamin A, that boost your immune system. People often try to counteract this by getting multivitamin tablets and all sorts of other supplements but there’s really no need, nature has you covered. Vitamin A is found in abundance in fruits and vegetables that are orange. During the fall and winter, these kinds of vegetables are in season and you’ll find them everywhere. All of the vegetables that are in season during the colder months tend to contain vitamins and nutrients that you need more during the winter. If you follow the natural trend of nature and eat a seasonal diet, you’ll find that a lot of those vitamin deficiencies will work themselves out.
Too Much Caffeine
Caffeine is a double edged sword because it gives you a nice energy boost when you need it, but then you’ll pay for that extra energy with all sorts of other health problems if you’re drinking too much coffee. It’s a particular problem around this time because the lead up to Christmas is often people’s busiest time at work and they’re likely to be knocking back the coffee to help them keep up. However, drinking too much caffeine has a negative effect on your nervous system and makes you more likely to catch colds or flu. Instead of that cup of coffee, try drinking some ice cold water, or eating some fruit to give you a healthier energy boost.
You Aren’t Sleeping Enough
Lack of sleep affects your health in so many different ways, but one thing that people don’t often realize is that it has a serious impact on your immune system. If you aren’t getting the right amount of sleep, your immune system isn’t working very efficiently at all and your body isn’t getting enough time during the night to fight off potential diseases. The number one reason that people aren’t sleeping enough is that they’ve got a bad mattress. If you’re having trouble getting to sleep or you’re waking up a lot in the night, head over to Choose Mattress for a list of the best mattresses out there and get yourself a new one. You’ll be surprised just how much difference it makes and as soon as you lay down on that new mattress, you’ll never know how you managed with the old one for so long.
You also need to alter your sleep schedule during the winter because when your body is being attacked by more potential illnesses, it needs more sleep to recharge and repair. You should be trying to get to bed an hour earlier than you would do in the summer to account for this.
Not Washing Your Hands Enough
As a parent, you’re constantly telling the kids how important it is to wash their hands to avoid getting sick but are you following your own advice. I hope that you’re washing them after you go to the toilet, if you aren’t you can ignore the rest of this list, that’s your problem right there. But let’s assume that everybody is doing that. However, most adults aren’t washing their hands any other times. The problem is, you’re constantly coming into contact with germs everywhere you go and in winter when everybody has got a cold, you can pick it up without coming into direct contact with somebody that’s sick. That’s why it’s a good idea to wash your hands a couple of times throughout the day to get rid of any germs that might be lurking on your hands before they make you sick.
The odd cold during winter is normal but if you’re getting sick all the time, you need to make some changes.
* This is a collaborative post.