Let’s just blame your cold on politics.
If you currently feel like a sneezing, sniffling garbage human, you may be able to blame that on the election.
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This has arguably been one of the most stressful — and, at times, batshit crazy — elections ever.
It's also been one of the hardest to turn away from — both in terms of the subject matter and the sheer ubiquity in social media and pop culture. It's on every channel, every feed, every well-intentioned friend or family member's lips.
This kind of persistent stress can do a number on your immune system.
"There's no question stress can affect people's immunity and make them more prone to getting sick," Dr. Patrick Neustatter, author of Managing Your Doctor, told BuzzFeed Health. "And there's no question that quite a lot of people are getting stressed about this election cycle."
Stress influences your hormones, causing you to produce more cortisol, which tends to suppress your immune system, explained Neustatter. Stress also suppresses the production of gamma interferon and T-cells, which help fight off infections. "When they're suppressed by stress, you have less fighting ability," he said.
Not to mention your typical debate-night shenanigans: drinking, stress-eating, and screaming at the TV.
Alcohol suppresses your immune system and has a negative effect on your liver, which produces proteins that help fight off colds, said Neustatter.
Junk food doesn't do your body any favors, either. So if you're getting through these debates by going heavy on the carbs or candy, you're probably not getting the nutrients and antioxidants to fight off impending germs.