We’ve all experienced an unexpected illness that interrupts our plans. While it may be inconvenient to have to reschedule your skiing trip because of a fever, what if your plans are to GET HEALTHY? Catching the flu or even a cold can derail the progress you’ve worked so hard to make, leading some individuals to give up completely!
“But wait – Don’t I lose weight when I’m sick?” Even if you’ve lost a noticeable amount of weight during that time, it is actually water weight that you are losing – and not the unwanted excess fat.
While sick you may experience a reduced appetite, but this just makes it that much harder to control your appetite when it comes back. Next thing you know, you are replacing the lost water weight with new fat – leaving you worse off then when you started!
The bad news doesn’t end there. Research has shown that the very things you are doing to get health – calorie restriction and vigorous exercise – may harm your immune system. ” The intensity and duration of exercise may affect your immune functioning.” (Livestrong.com)
It is important to be proactive about your health, and the immune system is a key component. Healthy habits will contribute to keeping the immune system strong but using therapeutic levels of essential antioxidants we can gear up the immune system with the tools it needs for the fight against illness.