Do you have another cold? Why you? Why again? Nothing happens by chance and getting frequent colds is not incidental either. Below you will find a few missing pieces to your health puzzle.
With colds coming back you must be wondering if your immune system is weak. But why would your immune system get so delicate? You may want to check the three signs of low immunity before reading below about what factors influence it. For immediate tips on how to improve your health use the links below:
- Low immune system causes
- Foods that boost fighting power
- 5 quick ways to boost immune system
- 7 rules on how to make the body stronger
Why The Cold Virus
The most common cold virus is called rhinovirus. Not that it makes any difference to you however, it is worth knowing what’s bugging you. The most important thing about this cold virus is that it likes to keep cold. The virus replicates (makes babies) the fastest at 33-35°C (91-95 °F). This simply means that if your body temperature is low you will more likely end up as a cold virus host.
You can check your body temperature at any time, provided you have a thermometer. If you haven’t done it yet, do it ASAP. You may be surprised. Anything below 36°C (97°F) is a cause for concern.
Because recurring cold virus likes cold body
Core temperature changes throughout the day and is dependent on the activity level. Usually the body temperature is the lowest in the morning. This is the time when you want to measure your temperature. Keep in bed under covers, do nothing, just relax, and test. Temperature (oral) below 36.3°C (97.3°F) may be contributing to recurring colds. Do not be surprised if you see 34.5°C or 35.5°C on your thermometer. Such low temperatures are common in low metabolic and low immune system states.
You may not be aware but some foods can make your body colder. Below is a chart with foods you should avoid when feeling chilled or prone to recurring colds.
Can basement cause frequent colds?
Body coldness and environmental coldness may “complement” each other. If you are generally cold you will likely be easily chilled by air conditioning and an Alaska trip may not be on the travel list. Environment plays a large role in your well-being. Where your work and where you live can make a big difference to your colds frequency.
If you work in an air conditioned place where cold wind keeps on blowing on you, you will be more prone to colds. If you live in a cold damp basement you are definitely not helping your immune system either. Moist cold is very penetrating.
Constant colds? Foods can chill you
What foods you choose will also make a difference to your body temperature. That’s why you should not eat salads in winter, and you would be better off sticking to your chili. Traditional Chinese medicine is very wise when it comes to food energetics. “Cold” people should avoid cold foods:
- yogurt, and
Instead they should eat more of warm foods:
If you do not understand food energetics you may make yourself unwell. You may think your food choices are healthy, but energetically they may not match your needs. For example, Yogurt for breakfast, salad for lunch, and a wheat sandwich for later will make you colder. That menu is great news for hot flushes, but it’s bad news if you have recurrent colds. To make an immune system turn-around, pick up a great read “Ousting Sniffles“. It will give you step-by-step instruction on how to strengthen the body and remove virus vulnerabilities.
Three reasons for coldness
So what if you find that your core temperature is low? Where is the coldness coming from? The reasons are many, but here are three very important ones:
Many people suffer from sub-clinical hypothyroid. Sub-clinical means that you do not have obvious symptoms and the blood work is normal. Yet sub-clinical low thyroid can substantially contribute to your low immune system by slowing down the metabolic rate, or in other words, make you colder.
There are a few signs of low thyroid you might pick up yourself. One of them is slow heart rate. Slow heart rate does not happen frequently in minor thyroid problems, but becomes more pronounced when thyroid has a substantial issue. Heart rate is an incredibly valuable tool to measure health parameters, including potential longevity.
Low sugar, called hypoglycemia is a common cause for body coldness, but do not run for cookies yet. Low sugar in blood is not due to low sugar diet, but due to inability to keep steady blood sugar by the liver. There are several causes for hypoglycemia. Although not eating for several days is one of them this situation hopefully does not apply to you. Low blood sugar symptoms strongly contribute to recurrent colds.
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Low Blood Pressure
Interestingly coldness frequently accompanies poor circulation that results from low blood pressure. Cold hands and feet may be the first sign of circulatory insufficiency. Yet many people do not even know what low blood pressure is.
Why on earth would you have low blood pressure? There are many underlying causes. You can find them all in the book Revived!. Perfect circulation is the backbone for strong immune system. Without good blood flow you shouldn’t expect strong immunity.
Let’s go back for a moment to low blood sugar. The most common reason for low sugar state is reactive hypoglycemia. Reactive hypoglycemia happens when a body goes into a low sugar state in response to ingestion of specific foods.
Those sugar lows happen more frequently then you may think. Your 3 pm habit of nibbling on a muffin may just be flagging your sugar dip after lunch.
Journal your high and lows of energy patters throughout the day. This will help you understand any sugar swings you may have. Better sugar regulation throughout the day can make a difference to frequency of recurring colds.
Low sugar states can also happen after ingesting a food you have allergies/sensitivities to. Your sudden yawning, sleepiness, or low energy may just be a sign that your sugar dropped. Test your temperature at that moment and see if it drops as well. Remember that temperature dip does not happen with all food allergies and intolerance, but only with some. Keep a list of foods that cause your temperature to drop. Not eating those foods can prevent unnecessary body coldness and thus minimize frequency of colds.
If you find yourself reacting to foods, but you don`t seem to have obvious allergies, don`t leave yourself puzzled for the rest of the life. Wrong foods can cause a major havoc in the immune system.
Hidden allergies are reactions to foods you don`t expect. It may be almonds, banana, blueberries, yogurt, cheese, soy or something else. You never know. If you do not know which foods you are reacting to you should get yourself tested. Here is link to test hidden food allergies.
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