Why Do I Keep Getting Sick All the Time?

What’s making you sick?

There isn’t anyone who hasn’t gotten a cold or virus just days before a big event. For some people, being sick is a way of life, and days of feeling well are few and far between. Getting rid of sniffles, sneezing, and headaches may seem like a dream, but it’s possible. However, you have to first know what’s making you sick.

You are what you eat

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” is a simple saying that holds some truth. If you don’t eat a well-rounded, balanced diet, your body can’t function at its best. A poor diet also increases the risk of various illnesses.

Good nutrition is about getting the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your body needs. Different age groups have different nutritional needs and requirements, but the same general rules apply to people of all ages:

  • Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.
  • Choose lean proteins over fatty ones.
  • Limit your daily intake of fats, sodium, and sugars.
  • Eat whole grains whenever possible.

Vitamin D

If you get sick often, you may find it helpful to boost your intake of vitamin D. A recent study found that vitamin D supplements might make a person less likely to have an acute respiratory tract infection. Vitamin D deficiency has also been linked to a weakened immune system. Increase your vitamin D intake with foods such as fatty fish, egg yolks, and mushrooms. Being outside for 10–15 minutes each day is another way to reap the benefits of this “sunshine vitamin.” According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, most adults should aim for at least 15 micrograms (mcg) each day. It’s safe for most adults to consume up to 100 mcg each day.