Sure, it’s flu and cold season so we’re all going to be more susceptible with certain nasty viruses. However, if you’ve been feeling sick more than everyone else at your office or school, then maybe your body is trying to tell you something.
Everyone gets sick every now and again, but if someone feels continuously sick for a couple of days, weeks or even months, it may be because of an underlying medical condition.
There isn’t one person who hasn’t experienced the sneezing, coughing, runny nose and wheezing associated with being sick, but if you’re experiencing them more than usual you may feel like getting sick is a common occurrence. For the ones who feel like they’ve been cursed with a sickness that lasts a life sentence, there are ways you could reduce this sickness sentence, but you have to determine what’s making you sick first.
Reasons Why You Keep Getting Sick
No one likes being sick, but if you’re falling victim to colds more than usual there are many factors you would want to consider as to why you’re feeling this way.
You’re not getting enough vitamin A: Studies show that a vitamin A deficiency weakens the immune system making you more vulnerable to certain viruses.
Poor gut health: There is a strong correlation between your gut microbiome and your immune system. If the gut microbiome is out of balance, then it can contribute to a weakened immune system.
Vitamin D deficiency: Vitamin D helps regulate antimicrobial protein that is essential in fighting off colds. If you don’t get enough, you could increase your risk of getting sick.
Not washing your hands enough: Everyone knows that washing your hands can prevent viruses and illnesses. If you’re constantly touching multiple surfaces without washing your hands frequently enough, you can get sick more than usual.
Not getting enough sleep: Sleep is one of the ways your body protects itself from infections and viruses. By not getting enough sleep, you’re making it hard for your body to do its job.
You’re dehydrated: Drinking an adequate amount of water is essential, especially during the winter season. Water helps keep your mouth, nose and throat moist, which is important to avoid getting sick by helping produce mucus and saliva barriers and protections.
Lack of dental hygiene: Not brushing and flossing your teeth on a consistent basis can increase your risk of exposing yourself to some of the inflammation-causing bacteria that seek refuge in there. All of which can weaken your immune system when it comes to fighting the flu.
Stress: While the occasional episodes of stress won’t necessarily make you sick, chronic stress will. Reason being is because when you are stressed you are less likely to eat and sleep, which means you are missing out on your essential nutrients while preventing your body from replenishing itself while you sleep.
If you feel like you’re getting the flu more than usual, then consider these simple reasons to determine what is exactly making you sick. By doing this you’ll be able to figure out what your body is missing and supplement it with what your body needs to reduce the risks of you getting sick again.