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Sick of Being Sick All the Time

Sick of Being Sick All the Time

Q: I get sick a lot throughout the year. I’m sick of it. It ranges. I get strep throat at least once a year. I just got over two sinus infections in a row. It has only been like three months and I’m sick! Not sure. Could be a cold. I think it’s my immune system. What do you think? Also, please give me some ideas of what I could do to help myself.

A: Goodness! It sounds like you are not doing something right, that’s for sure! However, the fact that you’ve noticed this trend is a sure sign that you are on the path to finding a solution.

People severely underestimate the role that stress, diet and exercise play in keeping our immune systems functioning properly. In order for your body to take care of you, you have to take care of your body.

My prescription? Take a look at some of this additional reading and learn what you can do to boost your immune system

Learn more:
6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System
Everything You Need to Know to Boost Your Health and Prevent Disease

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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6:50PM PST on Nov 16, 2013

I was sick ALL the time. Throat infections constantly. I got my tonsils out and now I don't get the infections. It took many years for someone to figure out... I suffered all my life til 33 years old. Many ENT's did not think I needed my tonsils out because I didn't actually get tonsillitis. But it ended up being the case that I did need them out. It is something that needs to be looked into for anyone that gets frequent throat infections or infections that include a sore throat. Even if one ENT says no... I must have visited over 15 different ENT's and only 2 said I needed them out... but it fixed my problem to get them out!

8:58AM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you Dr. Brent for Sharing this!

9:01AM PST on Dec 12, 2012


6:10AM PST on Nov 7, 2012

I used to be very ill as a child. I have a genetic defect: my immune system was innately damaged and as I child I would get sick every time I went outside, but now I rarely get sick, so probably I have developed some immunity at last.

4:12PM PST on Nov 6, 2012


2:54AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012


8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting but one can also add getting quality sleep also helps and affects health if it is a problem.

While getting flu shots on a regular basis may have helped some not get sick, I have had all the regulation shots but will still get the odd cold, usually few but did get a nasty version this year! Have not had a mega cold like that in years, forgot that they were out there!

Will never go veggie or vegan, some of my veggie friends who follow strict veggie diets and do all the nutrition home work and taking all their supplements/vitamins are as sick as a dog. I still eat meat, small portions and try and increase my veggies, quinoa and other sources of foods. Was somewhat saddened when seeing Dr. Mercola stating that wheat and some grains could adversely affect mental health in his opinion. I love whole grains and wheat! Especially kasha or buckwheat groats, so very yummy and tasty!

The neti pot is helpful, especially with allergies - mine being tree pollen of all things along with grass pollen!

8:47PM PDT on May 29, 2012

A short excellent article and everyone should read the, "6 Ways to Boost Your Immune System" at the end.

Dr. Paul Blake, N.D.

9:36AM PDT on May 28, 2012

kefir, miso, gingerbug

12:41AM PDT on May 4, 2012

Thanks for the article.

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