Feeling under the weather

So much for my long list of plans this weekend. By noon on Saturday my energy levels hit rock bottom and I each time I swallowed I felt like I had a mouthful of needles going down my throat. I’ve spent the weekend curled up in bed, cradling cup after cup of hot water with fresh ginger and honey. All this down time has given me time to ponder the most random things…

Where do the expressions “under the weather” and “sick like a dog” come from?
It seems the expression “under the weather” (meaning you feel unwell) has its origin in passengers onboard ships feeling seasick during stormy weather. They were sent below deck where they had shelter from the weather and could recover. [source] The expression “sick as a dog” is one of many sayings involving animals to emphasize feeling ill. “Sick as a dog” happens to be the oldest of the expressions, dating back to 1705. Generally dogs have, through the years, had a bad reputation and have therefore been linked to things of an unpleasant nature. [source]

People always say to drink ginger with lemon and honey when you’re sick, but why is it good?
In a nutshell: lemons are full of vitamin C and phytochemicals which boost the immune system. Ginger and honey are also both known to aid the immune system. Ginger is also known to help all kinds of nausea, from morning sickness to travel sickness. [source]

Why is it dangerous to do strenuous workouts when you’ve got a sore throat?
High intensity exercise could interrupt the immune system. Strenuous exercise when you have a fever is a bad idea as it’ll raise your body temperature and risk you getting even more ill than you already are. Bottom line is, listen to your body. If you’re feeling “under the weather” or “sick like a dog” you’re likely not feeling like going for a run, the body has a way of telling us what’s appropriate and not. [source]

Did we learn something new today?

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One response to “Feeling under the weather”

  1. winterlust says :

    Oh I learnt plenty today! Great post T x

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