How do you stay sick?
Being sick is a physical problem, but in order to make quick recoveries and maintain a healthy lifestyle, you have to have the right mentality about it. Being sick happens (and doesn’t stop happening) when you:
- ignore nutrition
- refuse to exercise
- get less than six hours of sleep
- avoid running a fever
- keep going to lousy doctors
Ignore Nutrition to Stay Sick!
Eating quality meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and a variety of grains is a cornerstone of good health. A balanced diet is the only way we can get the nutrients our bodies need. Frequently, people are instructed to take a multi-vitamin to augment our food intake, supplying any lacking vitamins and minerals. It seems we should know a proper diet and good health are connected. Logically, therefore, a poor diet must contribute to being or feeling sick.
To stay sick, you should only eat fast foods and junk. You’ll need to avoid buying your own good ingredients and cooking at home. Be sure to stock up on sodas, cookies, and candy when you buy groceries. Habits like getting a sugary coffee and doughnut every day are sure ways to sabotage your health.
Refuse to Exercise.
An unhealthy body can make us feel sick. Our bodies require regular exercise to keep our muscles, joints, ligaments, and lungs in top condition. Exercise keeps the cardiovascular system functioning well and serves to lubricate joints. Sweating eliminates toxins, and being outside in the fresh air can be invigorating! If we neglect exercise, surely we know our muscles will weaken, our joints and ligaments will be strained, and we’ll become winded easily climbing stairs. To prevent a healthy lifestyle, avoid running or jogging and going to the gym at all costs. That’s one way to stay sick.
Get Less than Six Hours of Sleep.
Getting less than six hours of sleep on a regular basis is a great way to keep our bodies from getting the rest they need. Generally, adults require between 7-9 hours of sleep every night to maintain good health. Sleep deprivation also impairs brain function. If our bodies are constantly tired, and our brains are groggy, surely we’ll get sick more often.
Avoid Running a Fever.
If you begin to run a fever, and you truly want to stay sick, you should continually take fever reducers like aspirin or ibuprofen. Those medications will make you feel a little better, and they’ll keep the fever from fighting the “bug” that has made you sick. You may even feel like you can go to work with a fever, and then you can spread your illness to your coworkers. Improving your immune system requires you to allow your body to heal itself whenever possible. Like building muscle, your body needs to practice fighting infections to avoid getting sick. Allowing a fever to do its job, and only taking fever-reducers so you can sleep at night, will build your body’s ability to fight off sicknesses.
Keep Going to Lousy Doctors.
There are good doctors and lousy doctors. A lousy doctor might be interested in keeping you from developing a good immune system. After all, your visits are an income stream. If you’re constantly getting sick and visiting your doctor with your immune system compromised, you’re encountering other sick people in the waiting room who may be contagious. A lousy doctor may be quick to prescribe antibiotics, even if your illness is viral. A good doctor –one whose goal is your wellness–will tell you to rest, drink lots of liquids, and let the sickness run its course. Who wants to hear that? Some might say, “When I go to the doctor with a bad cold, I want to get a shot in the rump and leave with a Z-pack.” The goal of a good doctor should be to keep you well. If you want to stay sick, you’ll need to stick with a lousy doctor.
How Do You Really Stay Healthy?
All satire aside, deciding you want to be healthy is the first step. Once that decision is made, you’ll need to assess your current health and habits. Do you need to improve your nutrition? Do you already exercise habitually?Do you get quality rest each night? You could start by talking with a good doctor about your health goals, and get advice on steps to take.
Getting healthy takes time, because your body needs to build its immunities. There are tried-and-true, easy ways to speed up recovery when you are sick, or prevent it entirely when you think you’re about to be sick. When you feel that scratchy feeling in your throat that indicates you’re coming down with a cold, try some good old-fashioned remedies: drink lots of liquids, get plenty of rest, and eat chicken soup. Chances are, you’ll be finished with your cold in the same amount of time (or sooner), and your body is learning how to fight off the next cold. You could also try natural remedies – here are some resources for that! (I’m an affiliate for Ultimate Bundles.)
I am not a doctor, so these recommendations are not meant as medical advice. They are meant as common sense advice. I am a mother of four extremely healthy individuals between 15 and 21 years old. We cook and eat healthy foods at home. When we feel sick, we rest, drink liquids, eat chicken soup, and use zinc lozenges. Do some research looking at multiple sources. Try to remember the healthcare system in our country is a machine fueled by money.
Now, here’s the big disclaimer: many people have chronic illnesses and medical problems that make this post inapplicable to them. This post is for people without those types of disorders who just get cold after cold after sinus infection, and then come down with a productive cough. Look for ways to reach wellness, and stop getting sick.