I am often teased if I am around friends who know I am passionate about healthy food and I have a sniffle or am not feeling well. They usually say something like “guess your healthy food isn’t working,” or “looks like to need to eat more of that healthy food.”
You know what? It is true that I do get sick now and then. The reason being my body doesn’t have an antibody for that particular bacteria/virus, therefore I am susceptible to it (i.e., there is a different strain of cold or flu going around every year). However, the difference lies in how well I am able to fight off and recover from the cold or flu.
When I used to get sick I would usually end up with a sinus infection (my sinuses are my weak spot) and be sniffling and coughing for the next month. I would then be fine for about three to four months, and then I would get sick again.
So why did I get sick for so long and with such regularity?
How a Body Fights Flus & Colds
When you come into contact with a bacteria or virus your body goes into defense mode by sending white blood cells to the “site of invasion,” if you will. These white blood cells are part of your immune system.
If your immune system is working properly, you will either not get sick at all, or, if you do get sick, you will fight it off much faster than other people with compromised immune systems.
What You Can do to Avoid the Flus & Colds
Did you know that 100 grams (approximately 25 teaspoons) of sugar completely freezes your white blood cells for two hours? And after those two hours your white blood cells are sluggish for another five?! (Source) When you first read that you might be thinking “I don’t eat that much sugar at one time!” and you are probably right. However, have you ever thought about how much sugar you eat in a day? If it totals up to anywhere near 100 grams then you are putting a strain on your immune system on a daily basis. Think of your immune system as a city wall and sugar as the rocks being thrown at it. To start out the rocks won’t make much of a dent, but after a while they will start to where the wall down and eventually break through. You don’t want that to happen.
If you want to avoid getting sick, one of the best things you can do for yourself is get off the sugar!
Some other things you can do is get plenty of sleep, sleep is how your body heals itself. If you get sick, don’t sit in front of the TV, go to bed and sleep.
Limit stress. Stress actually lowers the immune system, making you susceptible to whatever the latest bug is.
Avoid foods you are allergic to. When you eat foods you are allergic too, your body goes into defense mode and attacks that food. Your body will prioritize threats, meaning it will go after the immediate threat. So if you eat that ice cream even though you are allergic to it, your body will forget about flu virus it was fighting and go after the Moose Tracks, leaving the flu virus to keep spreading.
Eat lots of brightly colored fruits and vegetables. These foods have been clinically proven to boost your immune system.
Take a high quality nutritional supplement. Unfortunately, we have depleted our soils of their God given nutrients and filled out bodies with preservative laden foods, that eating lots of “organic” fruits and veggies doesn’t give our bodies what we need nutritionally. Do your research and find a supplement company that offers high quality, human food chain based products. Check out my post on how to find the best supplement company.
If you are finished with being sick, try implementing some of these above strategies and seeing how they work. Keep in mind that you will need to give your body time to heal and strengthen itself before you will notice a difference. It took me a couple years to get to the point where I almost never get sick, and now if I do get sick, I recover in a fraction of the time.