3 Health Signs You Shouldn't Ignore During Cold and Flu Season
By Dr. Dünner August 08, 2017
It’s easy to write off a headache or exhaustion as a lack of sleep or too much stress at work, but these are the telltale signs that your body is trying to tell you to slow down and get healthy. With cold and flu season right around the corner, now is the time that you should start listening to the subtle signs your body gives you to let you know it needs support. And being slowed down by a cold is never easy, so save yourself some trouble in the long run by acting on these key symptoms.
Accelerated Heart Rate
No, this isn’t about the flight of stairs you walked up or the stress you’ve been feeling lately. If you notice an increase in your resting heart rate without any indicators, this is the time to listen to your body.
When you’re sick, your heart functions differently than it normally does. In order to help fight infection or bacteria, the heart accelerates the rate at which it pumps blood throughout the body, to accelerate the circulation of oxygen and immune cells that are needed to begin the recovery process. So when you notice your heart working harder, do your part by drinking plenty of fluids, resting, and taking lots of Vitamin C.
This is another sign that can easily be mistaken for a symptom of something else, like working too much or going to bed too late the night before. Again, stop and consider all the signs your body is giving you before you write it off.
The reason you feel so exhausted when you’re sick is because the body requires more energy to launch an effective immune response. As your immune system works hard to generate immune cells and proteins, it’s best to give your body as much rest as possible so your energy can be allocated to the part of your body that needs it the most.
Headaches can be caused by a number of issues apart from being sick, but when you combine headaches with exhaustion, accelerated heart rate, and any other symptoms you may have — it’s time to throw in the towel and accept you’re sick.
As part of its defense, your immune system releases molecules called cytokines, which are known to cause headaches. Additionally, swelling and phlegm accruing in the sinus cavities can lead to symptoms of headaches, migraines, and sinus pain.
While there are a host of other symptoms to look out for during cold and flu season, these are some of the less obvious ones that are easy to ignore. It’s best to give your immune system the support it needs to keep you healthy, which is why Dr. Dünner offers a range of natural immune boosting herbal supplements that will support your health, without the side effects.