The past few months have been rough for me. I kept getting colds and fevers. But I didn’t wonder why I was sick because I worked in the office more than eight hours a day. It was stressful.
But a few weeks after getting the job done, my cold remained a problem. I was alarmed. I thought I had Covid. When I consulted my doctor, he said my immune system was weak. He prescribed some supplements and advised me to eat fruits and veggies, which I follow now. It works. I am healthy and strong.
Have you ever wondered why we keep getting sick? According to my doctor, there are various factors and reasons. Take a close look at the following:
Too Much Loneliness
At some point in our life, we will feel lonely, and that is normal. But too much loneliness can lead to chronic stress. A recent study found that loneliness could impact our body on a genetic level. That means it could result in pro-inflammatory genes. And the genes that produce immunity and antibodies would decline. Scientists also added that long-term inflammation might contribute to the development of neurodegeneration, atherosclerosis, and cancer.
Loneliness is also my problem. Being far from home, I always miss my partner, my mom, and my siblings. What I usually do is call them using Facebook Messenger, Skype, or WeChat. I also chat with my friends and colleagues, and they help me become sane throughout this pandemic.
Vitamin D Deficiency
I cannot blame you for being deficient in vitamin D, primarily when you work more than eight hours a day. But did you know that vitamin D deficiency could lead to a cold or flu? A study confirmed that a low level of vitamin D is linked to high susceptibility to infection and autoimmunity. According to the National Institutes of Health, an average adult should get around 600 IU of vitamin D.
But as we reach 70, our vitamin D intake reaches up to 800. Good food sources include red meat, egg yolks, breakfast cereals, fat spreads, salmon, mackerel, and herring. Alternatively, you can take supplements to enjoy a better result.
Lack of Sleep
A quality night’s sleep allows our body to repair and recharge. In particular, it keeps our immune system in perfect condition. Our body produces cytokines (an inflammatory protein), antibodies, and other disease-fighting cells. If you do not get enough rest, it is no surprise your flu or colds will keep recurring.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, an average adult needs at least seven hours of quality night sleep. Of course, not all of us can achieve that every day. But if you are experiencing some trouble sleeping, consult your doctor ahead of time. Your health should be a priority.
Lack of Exercise
A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine suggested that inactivity can affect the body’s natural ability to fight off infection. Although you have a desk job, be sure to move around often. You can take a break by sitting for a few minutes. Then, do not forget to exercise. Yes, it is possible to work out even if you are in the office. Popular choices are arm circles, desk push-ups, chair squats, and calf raises. For more exercises, you can perform in the office, feel free to browse our site.
Too Much Alcohol Consumption
After a tedious day in the office, you want to relax, and drinking your favorite beer may ease your mind. But too much alcohol consumption can put our health in danger. Scientists have said that alcohol breaks down a potent toxin called acetaldehyde, which could impair the lung’s ability to get rid of microbes in the body.
That’s not all! Alcohol affects the ability of white blood cells to kill viruses or bacteria. So, drink your favorite tequila or wine in moderation.
We only live once, so be sure to live life to the fullest. Feeling lonely is normal. But do not get stuck with a failure in the past. Learn to move on. Surround yourself with people close to you. Do what you love. Try to learn something new. Go out of your comfort zone. Also, hit the gym, boosting your self-esteem.