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.
- Credit Karma GroverLoafLick 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.
- Oath Qckt31Better diet and start working out. Working out generally helps improve your overall health. Cardio, weight lift and etc.
- Pandora torporAny 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.
- 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
- Microsoft 🐙M🐙moreWash 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
- 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.
- Microsoft homeless99Do you travel a lot? If so, the airport and airplanes are the root cause.
- 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
- 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.
- stop eating out 10 times a week and stop munching on snacks from costco. dont eat meat and eat only home cooked food.
- New ffffuuuuunExercise 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.
- Microsoft / EngdeadpanHow 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.
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!
- A lot of it just comes down to things out of your control, especially the people around you. But you can practice a few things:
1. Get your vitamins daily
2. Drink enough water
3. Get 8 hours of sleep
4. Wash hands before eating
5. Use a towel paper to close the tap and open the door in public bathrooms
6. Don't rub your eyes, nose or mouth without washing your hands first
7. Get your flu shot yearly. It may not save you every year but can reduce the severity of the flu even if you catch it