36% of parents feel constantly under the weather in some way
By The Nutrition Expert editorial teamwith expert comment from Dr Sarah Brewer
Published Date: 27/01/2017
As a parent do you constantly feel under the weather in some way? Fear not, a recent study by Healthspan says you are not alone.
be all too familiar with the feelings of dread that accompany the first signs
of an ill child. Piles of snotty tissues, bedside care and forehead dabbing are
factors that will inevitably lead to one outcome, a family-wide outbreak of the
by the time one parent comes down with the illness, the kids have recovered and
it is back to the daily grind. The maternal or paternal instinct to nurture prevails
no matter how bad the symptoms may be.
study by Healthspan has looked into family illness rates. The study of parents with
children up to eighteen years old living at home, looks into the coping
mechanisms parents adopt when their family is struck down with a bug.
Does the study show any differences between
men and women?
Seen as on
average 36% of parents feel constantly under the weather in some way, these
coping mechanisms are a pretty big part of everyday life. It also shows some
interesting differences between men and women in regards to who copes better.
The study revealed
that both mums and dads soldier on when they are suffering with sickness. In
response to being asked how they tend to behave when ill, 58% of women and a
whopping 62% of men said they battle on regardless of how they feel.
also asked each person whether they or their partner were better at coping with
illness. Interestingly, the majority of women voted for themselves, but almost
two fifths (38%) of men thought they were on the same level as their partner.
comes to avoiding getting ill in the first place, pre-holiday is the prime time
for preventing the onset of a lurgy. Whilst more men claim to exercise more
often to avoid the latter (19%), the most popular prevention ideas for women
are trying to get more sleep (31%), eating more fruit and veg (28%), and
avoiding people who are ill (26%).
men tend to increase their vitamin C intake when they start to feel under the
weather, whereas a lot of women don’t take any vitamin C supplements,
indicating that men are ahead of the game and take vitamin C for its continued
health benefits as opposed to just for preventing illness.
Arroll, a Psychologist and Health Researcher said, ‘this may be related to our
innate drive to survive and do everything we can to ensure our offspring’s
survival. In our ancestors’ time, men would have needed to be fit and well to
‘fight or flight’ in face of a threat. But women, having different roles
safeguarded their family in a pattern of ‘tend or befriend’.
changed that much and so even now with differing gender roles, women’s
protective instincts kick in - they care for others (over themselves), whereas
men maintain their own physical fitness in order to protect and provide for
as a species, our instincts to protect our offspring remain a priority. There
are plenty of minor differences between men and women when it comes to coping
with illness and nursing sick children back to health, but it is heartening to
see that protecting our own remains the focal point of present day family
How to take action against lurgies
Pelargonium Cold Relief contains an extract of the root of the herb
Pelargonium sidoides, which helps your body to fight sore throats, coughs, and
a blocked or runny nose.
Dr. Sarah Brewer, GP and Medical Director at
Healthspan says, ‘Pelargonium is my go to, first-line treatment for colds,
coughs, sore throat and sinusitis. I know from personal experience that it
works far better than anything else I can recommend as a doctor.’