What Should You Do When You Get Sick?
By Sara Butler
Everyone has moments when they feel a little under the weather. There’s no magic elixir to improve your health and keep you from getting sick in the first place. When you fill illness knocking at your door, there are some things you can do to try to ward off getting sick, and a few things you may want to try if you get caught in the clutches of a sickness.
The First and Easiest Cure: Prevention
Benjamin Franklin was quoted as saying “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” He was pretty wise because he was right! When it comes to your health it’s important to take steps every day to protect it and care for your body. By doing this, you are taking steps to prevent getting sick in the first place, because a body that is well cared for is also a body that can resist illness.
To care for your body, you should:
- Eat a balanced and healthy diet – Make sure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and good fats. Avoid excess sugar and highly processed foods.
- Drink water – You need to stay well hydrated in order to stay healthy. You can add fresh fruit or herbs to your water, or even go with unsweetened green iced tea instead.
- Get some exercise – Your body was made to move, so give it what it wants and get moderate exercise about five days a week for 30 minutes.
- See your chiropractor – Adjustments at your chiropractor can help to keep your immune system and nervous system functioning at their best.
When You Get Sick
Sometimes, despite your best intentions, you get sick. It happens! Once you are sick, the best things you can do to support your body in recovery are:
- Rest – Your body needs to fight what's ailing you, so make sure you rest and listen to your body so you don’t push yourself too hard.
- Drink a lot of water – When in doubt, you should just drink water! When your body is fighting against something, you need to stay hydrated with water.
- Avoid sugar – Sugar does not support a healthy immune system, so limit your sugar intake all the time but especially when you’re sick.
Following these tips should have you on the road to recovery in no time!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.