People who never get sick are incredibly annoying. Some of us it seems spend half our lives dealing with some kind of cold or bug and are constantly forced to go through work while spluttering over our colleagues or brave nights out feeling like we’re going to be sick everywhere – but then these other people will happily go for months without so much of a sniffle and will constantly be there to remind us what it was like to be healthy. And by all rights they should have the same cold as us – they spent time in the same environment, and they attended the same events... so what makes them so special? And what can we learn from them? Here we will look at some of the things you can do to mimic their good health so that it can be you with the smug smile for a change.
When you’re ill, people are constantly telling you to rest up so that you can recover, so it might seem surprising to learn that it can in some ways be resting that actually allows you to get ill in the first place. While there isn’t too much research or evidence as to why this might actually be the case, often the reality is that we get ill when we stop in order to rest (which is why teachers famously tend to get ill during the school holidays). This seems to be similar to the way that you can hold off getting visibly older by keeping an active job and lifestyle. It’s foolhardy to take it to extremes then, but as a general rule it may be possible to almost hold off getting ill by just keeping active.
And of course the very best kind of activity is physical activity that gets your heart pumping and muscles working. This can have a range of positive effects on the body from reducing stress hormones to encouraging the body to go into an anabolic ‘healing’ state where the immune system will work to repair tissue and combat bacteria. Of course it can also keep your heart strong and your weight down which will further avoid a range of health problems.
Get Lots of Sleep
Sleeping is incredibly important for your immune health as well as giving your body a chance to repair. If you are constantly getting under eight hours of sleep then you won’t have your full energy to fight off bacteria and any illnesses you do get will make you feel ten times as drained and depleted.
Spend Time Outdoors
Spending time outdoors generally means getting lots of sun which in turn means getting more vitamin D. At the same time it means breathing in more fresh air (and thus less polluted air, and less air that has been circulating in a small room with the same people for too long) and probably doing something active.
Eat Your Fruit and Veg
When it comes to combating illness, fruit and vegetables are your friends because they give you lots of vitamin C and other things that can strengthen your immune system and kill off bacteria. It’s also worth noting that the kinds of people who are likely to eat fruit are also the kinds of people to generally eat healthily meaning they’ll avoid fatty foods and sugary treats.
We are constantly being reminded of the great benefits of being positive, but it might still surprise you that this can have a direct effect on our physical health as well as our relationships and careers. Being positive helps to prevent stress and simply smiling and laughing can help to reduce cortisol and increase happiness hormones keeping our systems healthy and ready for anything. If you’re constantly feeling unwell then try to learn to look on the bright side, or make changes in your life that will keep you feeling more chilled and positive.