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3 Major Ways To Help Prevent Illness

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We all know that it’s impossible to avoid being sick 100% of the time. However, I do know that there are certain actions, lifestyles, and even beliefs that can make things worse.  If you do tend to get sick a lot, you might consider exploring some ways to help prevent serious illness, or, at least, reduce its severity. I do recommend speaking to your doctor about anything that concerns you but do also pay attention to what’s happening in your body and around you.

Be Aware of Symptoms and Know What They Mean

Because there are so many illnesses that affect humans, it’s important to understand what symptoms are minor and which ones could be serious. Of course, your doctor is a good resource for this information, but your awareness can save you time and suffering in some cases. For instance, you might be stuffy, have congestion, and have sinus pressure. Though these symptoms could just be the common cold, they could also be signs of a sinus infection. Unlike a cold that normally resolves in a week or so, a sinus infection can progressively get worse if it’s left untreated. In this case, if you understand sinus infection symptoms and can take the appropriate actions, such as seeing your doctor, you will have a better outcome.

Eat A Healthful Diet

Much research has shown that eating the right foods helps fuel all the systems of the body. Even making small dietary changes can make a significant difference, especially if you’re been eating a poor diet full of processed sugars, fried foods, and things empty of dense nutrition. Just to name a few…french fries, cheeseburgers, milkshakes, and cookies.

Specifically, you could add foods that are antioxidant-rich. These are foods like pecans, blueberries, raspberries, dark chocolate, kale, beans, and artichokes. Of course, there are many more, but these are among the foods that have the most antioxidants. If you have trouble eating these foods in your normal meals, consider adding them to a daily smoothie. 

Get Outside More

Do you how when you spend more time outside, you tend to feel happier and more energized? Well, there is a reason for that. Research shows that getting fresh air and sunlight can have healing benefits like lowering blood pressure, boosting immunity, and lifting mood. This happens partly because of the physical benefits we get from the outdoors like vitamin D and fresh air. But let’s not ignore the psychological and emotional benefits of the great outdoors.

The truth is, ancient humans spent the majority of their days outside, moving, working, playing, and either gathering or hunting for food. Being inside to them was some handmade shelter or a cave. Can you see where I’m going with this? Right, I don’t believe that humans were ever meant to spend hours and days indoors, breathing stale, recirculated air. Consider how much you can weaken your immune system in a short time by not getting outside time. It’s important that we honor our natural needs by being outside as much as we can.

Doing these things may not guarantee that you stay free from illness, but your effort to be healthier will have an impact on your life and overall well-being. Take your doctor’s advice as you set your health goals and always listen to your body and intuition when it comes to making healthful decisions. Be well!

 

 

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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