Wondering why you are always taking a sick leave due to one illness or another? Here are some of the possible causes.
As humans, our immune system fights invaders and strange substances that turn to cause harm to our bodies. However, there are external factors that turn to weaken or disrupt the activities of our immune system, usually making us constantly sick.
Find below 5 reasons for the constant sicknesses;
One major factor we turn to ignore as human beings is the influence of constant stress on our immune system.
Chronic stress is usually caused by stressful situations or events, that last over a long period of time. This affects the proper functioning of the hormones that support the immune system, making your body prone to cold, flu as well as serious health problems such as heart diseases, diabetes and other diseases.
Practice stress-reducing activities such as yoga, meditation and laughter, to prevent your body from going into chronic stress mode.
Fast foods, processed foods and sugary foods may seem sweet to the tongue and easy to consume, but are extremely harmful to the body if taken in excess. These foods contain pesticides, chemical additives and preservatives that weaken the activities of the immune system, making you vulnerable to developing chronic conditions.
Such foods include; sugary snacks, soda, alcoholic beverages, caffeinated beverages (energy drinks), falsely ripened fruits and vegetables amongst others.
A healthy diet should include plenty of healthy fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat milk.
Lack of Sleep
Without adequate sleep, the immune system doesn’t get a chance to rebuild, and it becomes weak.
Studies show that if you do not get a good sleep, you are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.
Regular intake of water is vital to maintaining a good level of hydration to assist in eliminating byproducts of any illness and help the immune system fight off infection.
Lack of water affects your energy, sleep, and the ability to get waste material out of the body.
Remember; water is life!
Some prescription and non-prescription drugs may turn to cause more harm than good to your body. Excessive use of antibiotics and drugs that fight cold and fever weakens your immune system.
You are more likely to develop resistant bacteria or become sick in the future when your immune system is suppressed with these drugs.
Other factors that negatively affect your immune system thereby causing constant illnesses include; obesity, lack of exercises, smoking and improper hygiene.
Taking care of your immune system, is taking care of your health. Good health is a necessity.