Workers Guide to Workplace Illness

By Matt L.

Bacteria in petri dish

Sick season is upon us. Now more and more people are falling ill in the fall/winter and as a working professional, what does that mean for you and why do we tend to get sick in these colder months?

As we go further into fall and steadily into winter more and more people find themselves spending a larger amount of time indoors and in close quarters. Add that to a more desirable replicating temperature for common viruses and viola! Recipe for disaster. Now as a working professional this greatly affects you. Most viruses are actually transmittable before you even know you have them.
   As someone who works directly with the public daily, I see it all. Coughing, sniffling, some half dead. The urge or need to buy is too great and let’s be honest, hygiene in the public space is tough enough on a good day. Even if you are a domestic engineer, self-employed or just chilling at home, you will inevitably encounter the victims of illness hot zones. By trade, some are more susceptible than others but for the most part. So what’s a surefire way to help reduce the chances?

Start In The Summer: Don’t wait until your sick to work on your immune system. Imagine your working on a project and your halfway through and then you decide to do some planning. A little late. Now same project but you do your staging and planning beforehand, much smoother process, but how to do this? Easiest and most commonly done way:
Vitamin UP! Vitamin C and Zinc are among the most popular methods by strengthening a healthy immune response and helping to fight off complications like pneumonia. There are lesser known methods. Did you know, Glutathione helps keep your body strong? Glutathione: supports immune function, breaking down some free radicals, helping certain enzymes function, regenerating vitamins C and E, transporting mercury out of the brain. It recycles cells so they can do their job longer!
Black Elderberry: Immune System boosting. Elderberries are particularly rich in flavonoids, especially anthocyanins which are responsible for their deep purple (almost black) coloring. Cold/Flu fighting ninja berry! Also, helps with Cystitis/Urinary Tract/Bladder Infections, Allergy Relief and Digestive Health.
*A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study of Sambucol yielded surprising results: found here

• Sambucol was shown to be effective in vitro against 10 strains of influenza virus

• Sambucol reduced the duration of flu symptoms to 3-4 days

Note: The study was not funded in any way by the company which produces and markets the product of Sambucol in Israel.

Of course these are things you can take…a more tangible route. Stress though…the silent destroyer of your immune system; can you take something that doesn’t require a prescription and an excessively long list of side effects? Something that’ll help reduce stress, boost immune function and improve performance? Enter Ashwagandha. This Herb is not only the real thing but has been studied and backed by science. Classified as an “adaptogen” is conforms perfectly to your needs. The short of it is, it reduces stress but also boost performance so you can combat immune suppressing stress without sacrificing vital energy needed to get the job done. It can:

• Reduce Blood Sugar Levels. …

• Has Anti-Cancer Properties. …

• Reduce Cortisol Levels. …

• May Help Reduce Stress and Anxiety. …

• May Reduce Symptoms of Depression. …

• Can Boost Testosterone and Increase Fertility in Men.

Not bad for a ditch weed in India, right? Read more on that article here

Elderberry Facts

All this information goes doubly so if you work in certain professions. For example, School teachers deal with kids who, lets face it, draw germs in like they are generating their own germ gravity. Plus they deal with the very real vaccine shedding, which brings it’s own complications. Then there are retail jobs. People love to/got to shop…this is especially true if you work in Grocery. Keeping your immune system primed and strong is not a seasonal thing anymore. Cashier’s, office worker’s sharing equipment, restaurant workers, all in constant public contact, all with a higher percent chance of getting sick and costing them hours or days of pay.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that productivity losses linked to absenteeism cost employers $225.8 billion annually in the United States, or $1,685 per employee. In 2017

Regular hand washing and hand sanitizer is one thing, but a life routine of taking care of yourself is better. The best defense is a good offense. Go on the attack, stay on the attack. Aside from that, eat whole foods. Avoid processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colors, etc. To keep you functioning at peak level. A regular fitness routine will also reduce stress and increase immune responses. More on those specifics and how you can fit it into a busy Lifestyle in a future article.

Thanks for reading

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