Some people seem to escape the cold and flu season with barely a sniffle. And yet plenty of others seem to catch cold after cold; sidelined with a consistent cough or running nose all winter long. So why the difference and what separates these two groups? Research shows that it may come down to a few unexpected important reasons.
1. Sugar – Eating 100g of sugar (3 soda cans) can significantly hamper the ability of white blood cells to kill off bacteria for up to 5 hours afterward.
2. Dehydration – You may not realize it but you may not be drinking enough fluids. There’s a reason they always say drink plenty of fluids when you’re sick. Your body needs plenty of water to flush out toxins. How much you need on a daily basis varies from person to person. You’re drinking the right amount if you’re urine is pale yellow.
3. Overweight – As you know excess weight is unhealthy for your heart, brain and organs. But it’s also bad for your immune system. A body mass index over 40, meaning morbidly obese can cause hormonal imbalance and inflammation that impairs the immune system’s ability to fight infection.
4. Dry Nose – Having a runny nose is actually a good defense against colds the flu. Mucus traps viruses and clears them from the body. If you’re nasal passages are too dry, germ invaders have an easier time.
5. Stress – Long term stress weakens the response of your immune system. If you’re stressed while you have the flu, your symptoms can get worse.
As a result, eating too much sugar, not drinking enough fluids, not supplying your body with the right foods and stress can all lead to excessive hair loss as well. These along with a genetic condition can lead to rapid loss. If you’re concerned about your hair loss and need some answers book a consultation at the Robert James Clinic in Beverly Hills.