For the last few months both my husband and I have been in and out of the doctor’s office, and both of us have gone to the hospital this year. A friend commented to me that it seemed like we’d been having it really rough the last two years. I got to thinking that we both seemed to be dealing with a revolving door of sickness ever since I had my daughter!
Illness is inconvenient in so many ways. For one, if I’m contagious I have to figure out what to do to keep my girls safe. Then house cleaning and school sort of fall by the way side, not to mention our finances—copays and medicine cost money! On top of all of this is, of course, the pain or discomfort from being sick.
Bearing all that in mind I decided to do a little research. Does having and caring for kids actually decrease your immune system?
Believe it or not, in certain ways, it can. For example, new moms that are sleep deprived will have weaker immune systems. Also, women that go through a C-section will be more susceptible to viruses and other ailments. As is the case with any major surgery, it can take your body up to a year to recover and get back to normal.
Here are some other ways to naturally boost your immune system:
- Keep stress to a minimum. Research shows that people who deal with a lot of stress tend to get sick more often.
- Here’s one that we should all love: Have more sex! That’s right, studies show that people who have sex frequently have better overall health.
- Eat antioxidants such as fruit and vegetables. Eating these types of food can protect you from cell damage which causes illness.
- Take your vitamins. If you don’t have time to plan and cook nutritious meals, you can supplement with a multivitamin so that your health doesn’t have to suffer. Also avoid fast food and snacks that don’t contribute nutrients to your body.
- Keep your body moving! Exercise makes you feel better and also keeps your body stronger.
Good luck, ladies, and let’s stay healthy together!