6 Ways To Stop Losing Work Days To Sickness
There are no paid sick days when you’re an entrepreneur building a business. Having a cold is a miserable experience, but it feels even worse when it’s also losing you money.
The average adult gets two to four colds a year. That is a lot of time to have stolen from you! If you get a cold, you may only take one or two days off for the peak of the sickness, but there will be several days of weaker output at work.
If you hate being sick but hate losing money even more, here are some advanced tips for prevention.
1. Take anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal supplements.
Everyone and their mom knows about the benefits of Vitamin C, but if you really want to prevent sickness, you should address the candida yeast and fungi in your body. We’ve all got it in us. For example, if you have ever eaten sugar, felt stress, or consumed alcohol, you’ve got it in you. It’s important to get your inflammation under control because it can cause anything from the common cold to cancer. If we could only give ONE TIP in this article, it would be to take Oregano Oil. Outside of this heavy hitter, also look into Beta Glucan, Olive Leaf Extract, and D3.
2. Limit the amount of grains, alcohol, and sugar that you consume.
This really ties in with #1 because these things weaken the immune system and feed fungus. If you’re going to spend money on the supplements in #1, you don’t want to keep consuming things that will prevent them from repairing your body. The food industry’s marketing teams tell us that whole grains are healthy (mostly for the fiber), but grains are often contaminated with fungal poisons called mycotoxins. Grains, alcohol, and sugar can add fuel to a hidden, pathogenic fungal infection inside the body.
3. Drink half of your body’s weight in water ounces.
So, if you weigh 160lbs, you will drink at least 80 ounces of water each day. Here’s the best way to do it: As soon as you wake up, drink a full glass of water. That will knock out an easy 16 ounces and fire up your metabolism and brain for the day. The easiest way to track your water intake is to have a couple of reusable water bottles filled and ready to go. You won’t need to keep count and the visual will help you achieve the goal. Water helps your body flush out toxins from your immune system. Your body needs to replace the water that’s been in it.
4. Wash your hands like a surgeon.
This might seem like a pretty basic tip, but it’s actually so important that the British Olympic cycling team went to the trouble of bringing in a surgeon to teach them how to properly wash their hands so that they could prevent sickness. Intense! Every time you wash your hands, imagine that you’re scrubbing in for surgery.
Using regular soap (do not use antibacterial), scrub your hands and give attention to the areas you typically neglect when you rush (the fingertips, under the nails, the webbing, around the thumbs, and the back of the hands) before rinsing under warm water. No matter how many times you wash your hands throughout the day, keep those pretty mitts away from your face. Viruses enter your body through your eyes (rubbing your eyes), nose (digging for treasure), and mouth (biting your nails).
5. Allow yourself a 20 minute nap when you’re tired.
When you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you (is there such a thing as a light workload?), the thought of stopping for a nap seems like a joke. But a short nap will improve your mood, alertness, and performance and reduce your chance of making mistakes. It’s a bajillion (exact measurement) times more helpful than another cup of coffee would be. 20 minutes provides significant benefits without having you feeling groggy or interfering with your usual bedtime.
6. Take care of the people around you.
Sickness is passed from person to person, so get the people around you - your roommate, your spouse, your kids, your coworkers, or whatever you have - to partake in prevention tactics as well. (Tell your toddlers to lay off the alcohol and mycotoxins!) Talk with your coworkers about not being martyrs when they’re sick. “Oh hum… Oh me... I have too much work to stay home with this cold.” They go to work in a pity party to either show off how committed they are or to make some silly point to management about the burdens they bear. And then they get the whole office sick and everyone’s work suffers! This is too common and totally avoidable.
Mandatory Disclaimer: We are not doctors. Our suggestions come from the medical professionals and nutritionists that we trust, but you should always conduct your own research or consult with your own doctor before taking health advice like ours.