Getting sick is a way of life, but when you’re not getting any better there is something else that may be going on. Let’s take a look a bit further and see if any of the following possibilities could be the root cause for why you’re not getting over that cold.
You Are What You Eat
How many times have you heard the old saying, “You are what you eat!”. Well, that saying still stands true and it’s important to follow. You can’t eat junk and expect to feel wonderful. Our body doesn’t work that way. When you don’t eat a well balanced diet, your body doesn’t have the armor, it needs to stand a chance against many illnesses, diseases and infections.
Good nutrition is all about getting the proper vitamins, nutrients and minerals the body needs to be able to grow and stay active. Depending on your age, your nutritional needs will vary. But, there is a general rule that applies to everyone:
- Eat fruits and vegetables on a daily basis
- Choose lean meats and proteins over processed and fatty
- Eat whole grains breads
- Limit any sugar, fat or salt intake
Here is a great resource to help make sure you’re getting the right amount of nutrients for your body type: Click here
An adult’s body is made up of about 60% of water and every tissue and muscle the body has, depends on water. Water helps carry nutrition we get from our foods to the rest of the body, as well as keep our mouth, nose and throat hydrated. Keeping these areas dehydrated is very important because they’re the main areas that are used to ingest the air we breath as well as foods. The saliva in our mouth is one of strongest defense systems our bodies have to keep out unwanted bacteria.
There are different symptoms of dehydration depending on the severity. Sometimes they can be hard to identify, but being dehydrated can make you sick. Some of the mild symptoms are aches, pains, fatigue, headache and dehydration. More severe cases of dehydration include:
- Sunken eyes
- Severe headaches
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid heart rate
- Extreme thirst
The best way to overcome dehydration is to sip on water throughout the day. Avoid any sugary or caffeinated drinks such as juice, soda, coffee and energy drinks. Adding fruits to your water is a great way to add flavor as well as some of your nutrients in your diet.
Our hands come into contact with many different things throughout the day. It’s easy to pick up germs from one object and transfer it to another object. During the transfer, you may also touch your face or maybe food and then it could enter into our body. When bacteria are allowed into our body, we may get sick or have a harder time overcoming a present illness.
You should wash your hands on a regular basis and be sure to dry them completely after washing. Also, using lotion is a great way to make sure your hands stay moist and don’t crack. Cracks in your hands can create more places for bacteria to stay and cause further illnesses.
Here is a video on how to properly wash your hands:
People who don’t get enough sleep, are more prone to get sick. Your immune system releases cytokines when you sleep. Cytokines are the protein messengers that help fight off inflammation and diseases. When your body is already sick, it needs more sleep so it can repair itself by providing protein. When you’re sleep deprived, your body can’t release cytokines and in effect will cause you to stay sick longer.
The lack of sleep can also cause other problems in your life, such as:
- Heart disease
- Cardiovascular problems
Bad Oral Health
Your teeth can tell a story about your overall health. If your teeth aren’t up to pare, your health properly isn’t either. Your mouth is full of good and bad bacteria, but when your mouth is full of bad bacteria, you can get sick a lot easier and cause inflammation is other parts of your body.
Long-term oral health problems can develop into bigger problems down the road, such as:
- Heart disease
- Premature birth
- Low birth weight
Immune System Disorders
Immune system disorders happen when your immune system doesn’t fight off antigens like it’s suppose to. Some of the harmful antigens include bacteria, cancer cells, viruses, foreign blood, toxins, fungi and allergens.
You can inherit an immune system disorder. If you think it’s possible that you or a family member may have it, it’s best to contact a doctor right away.
If you experience allergies related symptoms, but don’t have any allergies to pollen, grass weed, pet dander or other allergen, you may have what’s called nonallergic rhinitis. Nonallergic rhinitis affects around 20 million Americans every year.
Nonallergic rhinitis can be caused by a variety of things, such as:
- Strong odors
- Change in the weather
- Dry air
Treatment can vary, so it’s important to talk to your doctor about your signs and symptoms. This could be a good reason why you’re not getting over this cold.
Stress is a normal part of life, but chronic stress can cause some major havoc in our lives and how fast we overcome a cold and or other illnesses.
Here are some helpful tips to help you lower your stress levels:
- Take a break from your computer. Many of us work on our computers for long periods of time. This can cause a lot of stress to our eyes and our bodies.
- Avoid your cell phone. Learn to just shut it off and walk away for a while.
- Listen to soft and soothing music.
- Exercise on a regular basis.
- Take up art or add meditation into your daily routine.
If you can’t handle your stress on your own, don’t be afraid to speak your doctor about more ways to reduce and overcome your stress.