Feeling tired and ill all the time can be a common complaint, so if you feel like this, or it’s someone you know, rest assured that you’re not alone!
How often do you walk into work and get asked “How are you?” for you to reply “Tired”.
Studies have shown that a lack of sleep can you leave you more susceptible to the Common Cold (1). Not having enough ‘shut eye’ makes you feel pretty rubbish in the morning, but also increase your chances of getting ill.
Ways to sleep better…
Regular exercise is an obvious choice if you want to be fitter, but if you are not the exercising type then walking can be the next best thing; especially if it makes you sweat a little. “Exercise leads to an increase in natural killer cells, neutrophils, and monocytes, which ultimately increases immune function,” says Ather Ali, ND, MPH, assistant director of Complementary/Alternative Medicine Research at the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center.
Long walks in the fresh air can also tire you out and clear the head which can help with sleep, perfect!
Maintaining an optimum level of the recommended vitamins and minerals in your diet can be difficult, especially if you have some dislikes and are not fond of fruit or veg. Supplements can be a simple and effective way of getting the vitamins you need.
Here are some vitamins & supplements that help you feel your best, and why:
A busy lifestyle and an empty stomach can increase your chances of getting ill, it sounds obvious but food gives you energy and nutrients! So, skipping meals when you’re already feeling low is highly likely to make you feel worse. Look after yourself and make sure you are well fuelled. Consider fresh fruit and veg and more complex carbohydrates instead of a quick snack or shop bought sandwich. Keeping hydrated is also critical to brain function and general well-being, so consider having a fruit juice or glass of water first thing, and top up during the day.
Relaxing and trying to de-stress your life can have a positive impact on your health. A study by Kiecolt-Glaser and friends (1984) found evidence of immunosuppression (suppression of immune response) when stress increased in a young and otherwise healthy population.
This basically means that when you are stressed your body is less able to fight illness.
There are plenty of things you could take up to de-stress such as Yoga, exercise, reading or even revisiting an old hobby. It doesn’t have to be any effort. For some, it could be as simple as taking some time out to watch a film.