An Apple a Day

Did you ever notice how quickly and easily virus’ can spread?  When you’re in school everyone hangs around so close to each other that anything contagious can catch on and spread through an entire student body.  In college, once one person gets sick, soon half of the student body is complaining of the same symptoms.  We live together, eat together, study together, attend class together and before you know it we are sharing more than just our classrooms and cafeteria food but our sickness’ also.  Even though winter is typically known as the season of sickness, in my experiences some of the worst times when people around me were getting sick have been in the spring and I think I know why.

People tend to overindulged during the spring.  For school work the fall and winter can be a stressful time and when spring hits we are all ready to be done and enjoy our time.  As a result we all start to lag in the habits that had supported our immune system for the rest of the year.  We start staying up later at night and allow our sleeping schedules to get out of whack.  We start eating less healthy and exercising a little less.  People have parties and get together’s that put us in even closer contact with each other for an extended period of time.  And in many cases when you are stressed out and constantly working hard and then your body knows that a time of rest and vacation is coming soon then you are more apt to getting sick.  Our bodies are very in sync with what our minds are planning for the future, so just like over stressing can make you sick, knowing that you are going to be able to relax soon also puts your immune systems guard down against virus’. So in a sense the spring fever or senioritus (All of which ironically are words that hint at sickness) can actually become literal illness’ if you take to much of a break from things. 

So how do we stay healthy?  There are some pretty simple ways to ensure that your body remains in good shape this spring.

1) Lather up — Respiratory viruses like the flu and other common colds can live on the skin, objects, and surfaces for hours.  To make sure that you skin is not a carrier contributing to the spread of germs, washing your hand is a really good idea.

2) Humidifier — If you make sure to refill it every night with clean water and not overdue the humidity, these machines can help to ensure the inside of your nose doesnt dry out and form cracks which can make it easier for germs that you breathe in to get into your blood stream.

3) Stay Hydrated — Good hydration helps the body temperature to stay regulated, and for germs and bacteria to pass through the body more easily.

4) Good sleeping habits — Dont slack off with your sleep schedule, even if you know you’ll be getting more sleep later on.  Lack of sleep weakens the immune system significantly. 

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