For many people, winter is a time to get their heads down, work hard and improve their careers and personal health. But for some, it’s a season marred by constant colds and sniffs that never seem to abate.
But what are the reasons for them?
You’re Belly Is On The Losing Team
When it comes to gut health, there’s been a bit of a scientific revolution recently. When people said that they had a feeling in their gut in ages gone by, it wasn’t just a metaphorical expression. They were talking about a real connection between the brain and the body. Now scientists have discovered the nerve that runs from the gut to the brain, called the vagus nerve, prompting some researchers to argue that our guts act like a “second brain.”
It also turns out that our guts are a lot more important to our immune system than any other single part of our body. According to recent data, more than 70 percent of our immune system is located in our guts, designed to help us avoid getting sick. One of the reasons people get sick is that their defenses – the good bacteria in their guts – is outweighed by the bad bacteria.
The reason for this imbalance is usually down to a hectic schedule, too much caffeine, sugar or processed foods and not enough time spent out in nature.
You’ve Got Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is serious: it’s when you’ve subjected to a level of chronic stress that is so high that your adrenal system actually gets worn out. According to OptimizeToThrive.com, adrenal fatigue can occur during periods of stress, depression, high sugar intake and eating too many foods that are devoid of nutrients. It can also be caused by infections in your bowel, like H. Pylori and Candida. These conditions lead to lowered immune function, making you more vulnerable as the cold and flu season comes around.
Your Vitamin D Levels Are Too Low
Vitamin D – sometimes called the “sunshine vitamin” – plays a significant role in fighting off infection. Vitamin D is essential for white blood cells to do their job properly and eat up foreign bacteria that get into your body.
The problem is that, thanks to modern lifestyles we don’t get enough vitamin D. There are two ways to get vitamin D: one is to eat animals that have been exposed to the sun or have eaten it in their animal feed. And the other is to expose your skin to the sun and allow enzymes in your skin to manufacture the vitamin using sunlight. The problem is that, in the winter, most people aren’t exposed to the sun for a long enough time to get their daily recommended allowance of vitamin D. Neither should people, from a health point of view, eat the quantities of meat and offal required to make up the difference.
The best solution is to supplement with vitamin D all year around, so you don’t risk damaging your skin in the summer. The optimal dose, according to https://blog.paleohacks.com/ is 2,000 – 4,000 IU per day.