I keep falling sick.

Salesforce Rythu
Jan 26 59 Comments

Last year I fell sick 4 times and each time I was knocked out for a week followed by a lingering cough for two weeks.

I decided I don't want to fall sick in 2019 and really wanted to do something to boost my immune system, so this year I started drinking homemade green healthy juices every morning. I also started taking Vitamin D3 tablets. And generally I am sleeping well, which wasn't the case last year.

It is only January and voila I fell sick again!

Does anybody have any tips on how can I not keep falling sick?!

33 yo male here.

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  • Credit Karma GroverLoaf
    Lick one of the poles on BART a tiny bit each day. After a few months your body will have built up resistance to all diseases and illnesses known to man, as well as some not yet known to man.
    Jan 26 2
    • Sirius XM TySkwieos8
      Also chow down on the turds you find laying on the ground around the Bay Area. Ingest everyone’s bacteria and you’re good to go.
      Jan 26
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      @credit karma hehe.
      Jan 26
  • Oath Qckt31
    Better diet and start working out. Working out generally helps improve your overall health. Cardio, weight lift and etc.
    Jan 26 3
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      Thanks. I do lift weights (at home) but I've noticed when I push my body a lot it increases my chances of falling sick. So I stopped pushing myself too hard.
      Jan 26
    • Pandora torpor
      Any cardio? I was in the same situation as you and had just accepted that I get sick more often than other people. After I picked up running to help with overall fitness, I realized I had stopped getting sick every other month. Try to alternate light and heavy workouts to avoid pushing yourself too hard.
      Jan 26
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      Thanks. I have to say, I don't do a lot of cardio, except for dance class.
      Jan 27
  • Google JohnMcPop2
    Go to a fucking doctor.
    Jan 26 3
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      She said I need to have enough fruits and veggies.
      Jan 26
    • Dropbox drl/handle
      Go to another doctor. Get some blood work done. Get a white blood cell count or something.
      Jan 27
    • Microsoft / Design 206wrkr
      Go to a naturopath, not a general practitioner...who will just prescribe drugs.
      Jan 28
  • Apple / Eng cho Chang
    Vitamin C
    Jan 26 5
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      I do put 1/2 to 1 lemon and oranges in my health juice almost daily.
      Jan 26
    • Cisco / Design
      nasdaq

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      Juices suck, eat fruits instead and drink lemon water.
      Jan 30
    • Salesforce MorningLad
      Why do juices suck?
      Jan 30
    • Cisco / Design
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      When a whole fruit is pressed or squeezed to make juice, some of the nutrients, most notably fiber and the water-soluble vitamins, are lost in the process. While 100% fruit juice is not completely devoid of nutrients, it is undoubtedly less nutrient dense than the whole fruit that it came from
      Jan 30
    • Salesforce MorningLad
      Well I don't extract just the juice per se. I put all the fruits and veggies in the blender and blend it so the fiber is still there.
      Jan 30
  • Microsoft
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    Wash your hands thoroughly - for 20+ seconds - with hot (hot!) water before cooking and eating, etc and don’t touch your nose/mouth with unclean hands

    That’s the #1 thing you can do to prevent the spread of sicknesses. All the juice and vitamin shit doesn’t matter
    Jan 26 1
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      Thanks.
      Jan 27
  • You need Chyavanprash
    Jan 26 5
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      Dude haha. Didn't think anbody will mention this. I did get it from the Indian store and have it once in a while. Didn't help. I'll continue taking it though.
      Jan 26
    • It should be Dabur chyavanprash!
      Jan 26
    • TuneIn Pshush
      Wtf is Dabur chyavanprash? Explain, maybe we all need it
      Jan 26
    • Apple humbles
      It is known to have impurities like arsenic
      Jan 27
  • Microsoft / Eng
    MP3

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    MP3more
    How happy are you in your life? How excited are you to wake up each morning? This will have a MUCH greater effect on your ability to fight off diseases than the vitamins.

    I was constantly taking vitamins, using daylight lamp (I live in Seattle, we don’t get sun in winter), I went to the gym religiously, etc, etc. Kept getting seasonally depressed and sick (flu/cold) a few times a year.

    Now my focus is on staying excited and happy about life. I don’t take vitamins, I don’t exercise, I don’t use daylight lamp. As an experiment, I tried to get sick by going outside in -10C wearing shorts multiple times a day until I can’t feel my hands or feet anymore, but I don’t get sick, I don’t get depressed. I haven’t gotten sick in 2 years.
    Jan 26 2
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      I'm fine. It is when I fall sick that all the insecurities and anxities com back and I lose the will power to fight. I know what you mean though: I strongly believe in the mind body connection.
      Jan 26
    • Microsoft / Eng
      MP3

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      MP3more
      Well then it sounds like you have emotional issues/beliefs/?? to work through. Maybe try that?
      Jan 26
  • Microsoft homeless99
    Do you travel a lot? If so, the airport and airplanes are the root cause.
    Jan 27 1
    • Amazon vasamoos
      You just wanted to make this point, don’t you?
      Jan 27
  • American Express / Eng
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    GoJavamore
    This is like reading my own life 2 years ago. I was falling sick more often. Anyone saying workout hasn't gone through this because that actually increases the chances of you getting sick if you go to gym.
    For me it came down to these things in the order of importance
    - becoming more conscious of not touching my face when I'm outside especially when I meet people. That's how you catch germs. Another place is touching cart at grocery store. Wipe it down before touching it
    - get some Lysol wipes and when you come back from outside, wipe your hands, car keys, phone. Better keep some anti baterial in your car
    - don't drink from a plastic bottle or big gallon of plastic bottle. Germs thrive on the tip of plastic bottle
    - as soon as you feel something is coming up: gargle with salty water few times, use neti pod, take vitamin c and zinc tablet
    - spend more time outside in sun
    - sleep better: think 67-71F temperature, keep your room as dark as possible, humidifier - also makes white noise which helps with sleeping
    - cook more at home and eat more vegetables and fruits

    Surprisingly working out is actually not as cracked out as it is made up. For staying healthy it is not even at in top 7 items for me
    Jan 27 1
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      Thanks for the detailed reply.
      Jan 27
  • Oracle fcuktech
    stop eating out 10 times a week and stop munching on snacks from costco. dont eat meat and eat only home cooked food.
    Jan 26 3
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      I don't eat snacks. But yes, I eat out daily. The instapot I got during the holidays is still unpacked! Thanks for the suggestion.
      Jan 26
    • Oracle fcuktech
      ur problem is not immunity your problem is lack of nutrition and that is due to outside food. outside food is cheapest quality, stale, devoid of nutrition, overcooked and lot of added fat and sugar but NO nutrition.
      Jan 26
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      I think you have a good point. I do try and eat healthy food, but it is still restaurant food, and if it is devoid of nutrients as you point out, I need to start cooking at home.

      Thanks for the advice, Oracle. And yes, Fuck Tech.
      Jan 26
  • Microsoft / Design 206wrkr
    A couple things:
    - Everyone will say diet, exercise & nutrition, so if you eat like crap and do nothing, then that is one layer.
    - The next is sleep. Get a sleep test and see if you have any sleep apnea preventing you from breathing well and self rejuvenating at night.
    - I’d find a local naturopath, not a medical GP, and establish what baseline health looks like for you at this time. This helps you determine changes later.
    - Have the naturopath test you for Epstein Barr and pneumonia.
    - Then there are pre-dispositions to illness. I’d do allergy tests and some of the “23AndMe” DNA services.
    - Then I’d do a genuine introspective review of your mental routines with a psychologist determining how stressful your life is or how you much stress you are putting on your psychology, which stresses your physiology.
    - Additionally, look at the people in your life, are they positive or “loyal” baggage from the past?
    - In the end, you may just have a bug you can’t shake for a year, but if you want health, you have to dig in and look for long term fixes vs. today’s medical climate, which is just short term meds.
    Jan 27 0
  • Exercise will not prevent you getting a cold or any other virus.

    I don't know what the fuck people on this post are talking about.
    Jan 27 2
  • eBay rndjejebe
    Just start running. Running is one of the few ways to improve immunity
    Jan 26 1
    • Apple humbles
      Definitely agree with this. I hardly fall sick and I run almost everyday for 2 miles
      Jan 27
  • Indeed
    Wim Hof cold therapy method
    Jan 26 1
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      Yea somebody mentioned I should start taking cold showers. I used to at one point in my life and it helped me better my mood. I'll try and start again. Not easy though! Thanks for the suggestion.
      Jan 26
  • Have you done HIV test?
    Jan 27 0
  • Microsoft / Eng deadpan
    How many hours of sleep do you get each night?

    Do you wake up feeling rested?

    If I don't sleep well for a few days, I get sick. It's very predictable. So I wonder if that's your problem.

    If you sleep 8+ hours per night, but don't wake up rested, get a sleep study. You might have sleep apnea or something like that.
    Jan 27 0
  • Do you workout ? Studies says physical activities make you less sick.
    Jan 26 0
  • Tableau krxi15
    OP,

    Has it been about 6-7 years since you have been here from India? Then it is fairly common and a lot of people I know faces this. I think that’s about the timeframe when body starts letting the guard down and losing the immunity that we built in india fighting tiny things like this since we are exposed more there. The body is now getting used to all the clean hygienic conditions here and is not in need of a stronger defense system anymore.

    Also get flu shots every year, they help!
    Jan 27 2
    • American Express / Eng
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      GoJavamore
      This is interesting because this happened to me in 6-7 years timeframe. Did you read about this somewhere or just your observation?
      Jan 27
    • Tableau krxi15
      I had a doctor tell me this and then following observations as well as personal experience.
      Jan 27
  • Roku ________
    Do you smoke?
    Jan 27 1
    • Salesforce Rythu
      OP
      Nope
      Jan 27
  • Facebook vwGt47
    Swimming pool?
    Jan 26 1
    • Tableau fragmented
      Swim out of Dolphin Bay Swim & Boat Club - the cold water is invigorating. Salt water nasal irrigation to boot.
      Jan 27