Top Reasons You Might Get Sick All the Time

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(KTVI) - Is there someone in your house or in your office who seems to always be sick? Constantly sniffling and coughing? Is it their imagination or are they susceptible to the funk stomach more than others?

Dr. Jay Moore, VP of Medical Affairs at SSM DePaul talks about the 'chronic sickies'.

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1. You Avoid the Water Cooler
Friendship may be Miracle-Gro for your immune system.
Research shows that the fewer human connections we have at home, at work, and in the community, the likelier we are to get sick,

2. You Often Feel Tired
Scrimping on sleep has a powerfully detrimental effect on immunity.
The perfect example: college students who get sick after pulling all-nighters cramming for exams. Poor sleep is associated with lower immune system function

3. You Act Like Debbie Downer
Studies show that glass-half-empty types don't live as long as those who look on the bright side.
When pessimists put a more positive spin on the calamities in their lives, they have less stress and better health.

4. You Bottle Up Your Moods
A constructive argument with your spouse can actually increase immunity, say UCLA researchers.
What to do: Don't keep what's bothering you bottled up.

5. You're Under the Gun
Chronic stress—the day-after-day kind you experience over job insecurity or a sick relative—takes a toll on many aspects of your health, including immunity.

6. You Don't Stash Pens in Your Purse
Having your own supply of dime-a-dozen plastic ballpoints might just keep you from picking up a virus.
What to do: "When you get up in the morning, don't leave the house without a pen in your pocket or your purse,"

7. You Drive Everywhere
When researchers compared inactive people with those who walked briskly almost every day, they found that who didn't walk took twice as many sick days in 4 months as those who strolled regularly.

8. Your Friends Smoke
Each year, because of exposure to tobacco smoke, an estimated 3,000 nonsmoking Americans die of lung cancer and 300,000 children suffer from lower respiratory-tract infections.

9. You Always Reach for Antibiotics
Taking antibiotics at the first sign of a sniffle can make you resistant to these drugs over time, causing more serious infections.
Take antibiotics only for bacterial infections, use them right away, and take the entire course.

10. You're Little Miss Serious
Laugh.  Laughter decrease stress hormones and increase certain immune cells while activating others. In a study conducted at Loma Linda University School of Medicine, healthy adults who watched a funny video for an hour had significant increases in immune system activity.