Signs of poor eating: getting sick frequently


Do you get sick often? It’s your body telling you something’s not right. Here’s how to give your immune system a boost.

You see: You get sick frequently and have said goodbye to all your sick leave despite the fact it’s only mid-year.

The fix: Accredited practising dietitian and nutrition consultant, Chloe McLeod, suggests when you’re sick, it’s time to hit the sheets for some well deserved R&R. “Get plenty of rest, and eat lots of colourful vegies, lean protein and low GI carbs,” says McLeod.  “Head off to the doctor if symptoms persist, or if there has been a sudden loss in weight.”

When choosing fruit and vegies to munch on in times of sickness, vitamin C is generally the go-to hero of the vitamin world and can be found in oranges, spinach, strawberries, grapefruits and kale. The Cleveland Clinic praises vitamin C as ‘one of the biggest immune system boosters of all’ and suggests a lack of vitamin C can make us more prone to getting sick. Not to be outdone, vitamin B6 (found in chicken and tuna) also plays a role in supporting the immune system, along with vitamin E – a powerful antioxidant found in seeds and nuts that helps the body fight infection.