Avoid Summertime Sickness With These Health Tips - Olathe Chiropractic

Avoid Summertime Sickness With These Health Tips

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You may think that summertime means you won’t be stuck with the flu or other viruses, but they can be just as common as they are in the winter. Summer tends to send more people outside and to gatherings together, which can spread germs from person to person. Certain viruses are more common in the summer than others, while specific illnesses such as food poisoning peak in the summertime because of food being left out. Instead of spending your summer days being sick, here are a few tips to stay hydrated, well-rested and protected from summertime sickness!

 

Summertime Sickness: Avoid It

Summertime is here and many people can’t wait to get out in the sun, stay up all night and have a summer to remember. However, many people also find themselves with colds, sickness and even the flu during the summer. These are not just illnesses that happen in the winter. In fact, April and May are peak times for the flu in some states, while other states will have rotating bouts of viruses in the summer and fall months.

 

There are over 200 different viruses patients most commonly get that make them sick in the summer months. Many of those illnesses will cause sneezing, a runny nose, or a scratchy throat. Those symptoms can definitely put a damper on any summer plans. Why do summertime illnesses happen? If you’re an adult (and you likely are) you actually have a better chance of avoiding illness, as many infections are enterovirus infections that affect children more easily. However, they still lead to 10-15 million infections in both children and adults according to the University of Florida.

 

The best way to avoid summertime sickness is to stay away from sick people and to wash your hands. Lots of people travel in the summer. July is the most traveled month of the year, so be aware of this if you have a new baby, small children or if you just don’t want to be around sick travelers. If you do catch a cold virus, it can stay dormant for almost 2 weeks before symptoms start to develop, which means you can also spread it by that time. That’s why you want to boost your health as much as possible through diet, exercise, good sleep, detox and good habits.

 

Do a Detox

Feeling fatigued? Maybe a little bit sluggish? You may need a detox to cleanse your body of toxins that could be dragging you down. Every day, you are exposed to toxins in the air, your environment, your food and from almost everything you come in contact with. Those toxins clog your cells and can make you have low-grade health problems each day. You may even be able to pinpoint foods or specific environmental factors that affect your health throughout the day. Common toxins that people get exposed to each day include:

  • Food/Drinks
  • Mold
  • Metals
  • Infections and bacteria
  • Allergens and spores in the air
  • Particles in carpets, blankets, couches, beds and more
  • Pollution in the air
  • Household cleaners or chemicals
  • Plastics
  • Drinking water
  • Germs and toxins in public areas
  • This is why detoxifying methods such as diet changes, drinking more water, exercising, and saunas can help you so much.

 

Too much toxin buildup can lead you to feel ill all the time. If you have changed your eating, sleeping, partying or traveling habits lately, you may be exposing yourself to toxins you don’t usually have. If you feel like your health is “off”, but you don’t know what is wrong, start cutting out various foods or habits to see if you see a change in your feelings of sickness or fatigue.

 

Boosting Your Health

Here are some of our tips for avoiding summertime sickness:

  • Cut out sugar. Too much food is full of added, synthetic sugars, which aren’t nutrients the cells can use. Choose foods like veggies, fruits and proteins your body actually needs to function. Aim for 2-4 veggies a day, 2-4 fruits and 4 protein servings. Eat fats and carbs more sparingly.
  • Exercise. This boosts circulation, metabolism, lowers weight, reduces stress and tension and helps open up your cells. Exercise 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes a day.
  • Drink lots of water! This promotes digestion and moves toxins through your body easier. Cut out sugary drinks and sodas. Stick to milk or water only to get less sugar and more calcium.
  • Try to go gluten free. Gluten affects many people’s gut health and can cause inflammatory reactions just like many diseases do. Go gluten free for 2 weeks (or however many days you can and see if you feel a difference.
  • Get enough sleep. If you don’t sleep 7-9 hours, your cells can remove toxins or replenish like they need to in order to stay healthy and strong against infection.
  • Eat often. Instead of 3 meals a day, keep your metabolism going by eating smaller meals more frequently.
  • Wash your hands! This can prevent so many germs and bacteria from getting into your system. Avoid touching your face, eyes and nose to reduce your risk for illness.
  • Take care of your oral health. Brush and floss at least 2 times a day for 2 minutes at a time. Your oral health is closely connected to overall health.

 

Professional Help for Nutrition and Health

One of the best ways you can avoid summertime sickness or sickness at any time of the year is to have your nutrition assessed. If your cells don’t get the nutrients they need, your body can’t function properly and your cells can’t fight off bacteria, viruses and other pathogens correctly. Poor nutrition leads to poor overall health, weight issues, frequent sickness, greater risk for chronic conditions and other health problems. To get a picture of what your health looks like, call about our nutritional assessments. Get your free consultation by calling Olathe Chiropractic today at (913) 764-9393!

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