I’m sick. Again. That’s twice already in 2012. I’ve only had about two healthy weeks so far this year. This blows. Literally and figuratively.
And not only does it blow because, well, I feel like hell, but also because I feel like my immune system should be doing a better job than this. In college, my immune system was a broken down puddle of nothing. I had a cold every, single month and at one point, had a cold so long that I had to go to the emergency room because my body broke out into a rash. I wasn’t taking care of myself and my immune system was suffering.
Then I started on my journey to get healthy and the colds became less frequent. Eating the right foods, drinking enough water, exercising and getting enough sleep all helped make my immune system nice and strong. It became the norm for me to only get sick once a year. I liked it that way.
I’m not sure exactly when I started regressing. I’m tempted to say it was around the same time I started long-distance running, but for some reason, over the past 18 months, my immune system has been back to its college self. On its own, the frequency is ridiculous—I’m now to the point where I’ve had 4-5 colds in the past 6 months, but also the longevity. Babyface can have a cold and it lasts 3-4 days. I get the same bug and I’m out of commission for a week or more. Pardon the pun, but I am sick of this. And I’m ready to do something about it.
Below you’ll find my plan for building up my weak immune system. Honestly, most of these are just good wellness practices that I’ve gotten out of the habit of completing. Hopefully, with a little bit of work, this will be my last cold for a nice long while.
- Drink one cup of both echinancea and decaf green tea daily. Echinancea has long been used as an herb to build the immune system. Green tea has a ton of health benefits, but one of them is to help build up the immune system.
- Enact work-free Friday nights. Stress is one of the biggest causes of a suppressed immune system, and honestly, I feel like it is probably the big culprit for why I’ve been sick so many times in the past year. Once work is over on Friday, there is no working until Saturday.
- Relax without technology one hour a day. No computer, no TV, no iPad. Just me and some chilling out. Maybe spend some quality time with magazine or book or just sit around talking to Babyface.
- Take my multi-vitamin daily. I’m terrible about taking my vitamins, but I know I have nutrient gaps that need to be filled in.
- Cut out all caffeine and alcohol. I’m not a big drinker of either (one or two alcoholic drinks a week, one or two caffeinated drinks a month) but they can both suppress the immune system. Since I’m not really “into” either, it should be easy to completely cut them out while I boost my immune system.
- Remove almost all added sugar. Oooh, this one is going to be hard. But refined sugar is just generally bad news for the body, and in recent studies, it’s been shown that sugar does a doozy on your immune system.
What do you do to keep your immune system strong?
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