CAN THIS MAKE YOU SICK???
Well, its that time of the year again!
Actually my most favorite time of the year. Autumn…
For many years when I was younger though, I was unable to enjoy it.
When the weather would change I would become generally ill usually with some kind of respiratory issue by the mid of October.
Sometimes I would get pretty sick where it would take 6-8 weeks to feel better but I would be nagged by a persistent cough the whole time. All the while there were no lab tests or imaging that would show anything definitive and asthma was ruled out.
Now my diet didn’t end up being at fault as many would suppose because I have been eating well for the last 30 years. Lack of exercise wasn't the issue because it would occur regardless of the intensity of my exercise regime and no, I wasn't overtraining.
It took me years to figure out what is pleasantly summed up in this quote from a PUBMED research article…
"...survival in demanding winter conditions puts individuals under great physiological stress, defined here as an adaptive process that results in elevated blood levels of glucocorticoids. The stress of coping with energetically demanding conditions can also indirectly cause illness and death by compromising immune function.“
Now in my case, for whatever reason, this was a real problem.
Eventually, I figured out simple rules that would prevent me from ever having this issue again (and believe me that is an amazing thing for me to be able to say).
The best part is that the one thing (number 1 of the 3 below) that I attribute the bulk of the credit to is completely free and all it takes is a few minutes of my time a day.
So, as a Doctor, I teach these principles to all patients who have issues like this and many who just want to be better and healthier without the beat down that winter can levy on a human body.
Of course, There are many things that can be done but I have distilled it down to these main 3 simple Immune System Hacks.
Below is what I have learned and I truly hope that is of great benefit to you or someone you know. Of course, if any this leaves a question in your mind, Please consult your Doctor or Clinician.
Let us know what you think!
Here's to your best health in a Fall/Winter season yet!
Wishing you The Best in Health...
Dr. Lorn Allison