Are you prepared for cold and flu season?
This is the time of year when everyone is walking around sniffling, sneezing & coughing. I’m sure one of you has either been sick or has been around someone that has been sick. There are healthy habits you can do each day to help prevent you from catching the cold or flu, but if you do end up catching something there are also healthy habits to help shorten the duration and the severity of the cold or flu.
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1.Drink Lemon Water daily: staying hydrated is vital during this time of year to ensure your running at optimal levels 24 hours a day with fluids. Throwing in some fresh sliced lemon not only adds vitamin C to help your body boost its own immunity, but it also cleanses your liver and keeps your immune system strong.
2. Eat real foods: avoid all the extra sugary treats and snacks at those holiday parties and events. There is a time and place for that, but not 3-4 times per week. Pick your battles and stick to real foods as often as possible. Try eating at least 1 serving of greens per day as a minimum, if you have a hard time getting real veggies in at least pick yourself up a serving of powered greens. (I love Amazing Grass Green Drink & TopTrainer Green Superfood Supplement) This will ensure your getting enough micronutrients in your diet to stay healthy. Consuming high amounts of sugar makes your body a breading ground for sickness and makes it more susceptible to getting sick.
3. Get enough rest: the average person should get around 6-8 hours of quality rest per night. If your traveling more, working more, and sleeping less your going to be vulnerable to sickness. Sleep is when we recharge, repair, and heal so make it a priority. If you run yourself down you will find yourself laying in bed anyways trying to get your health back.
4. Purifiy the air in your home. Using an air purifier is a great way to eliminate airborne viruses, pollen, dust, and other pathogens from your home.
5. Diffuse essential oils. Essential oils have many wonderful health benefits like anti-viral, anti-bacterial & can help boost your immune system. You can also make essential oil roller balls to rub on the bottoms of your feet during the cold season as well as if you happen to catch a cold. (More essential oil tips here)
6. Wash your hands with soap and water. Washing your hands frequently will help wash away any germs you come in contact with. I recommend avoiding anti-bacterial soaps because many contain the toxic ingredient Triclosan. Only use hand sanitizer when you can’t get to a bathroom or sink to wash your hands. Many hand sanitizers also contain triclosan and other harmful ingredients. (You can also make your own hand sanitizer with oregano oil and coconut oil.)
7. Eat more warming foods. Ever notice how when the weather gets cold that you don’t crave smoothies any more but instead would rather eat soup & casseroles? That’s because our bodies are trying to keep the Yin and Yang balance which can help prevent illness. Warming foods, like squash, are easier for your body to digest too.
8. Take a high quality multi-vitamin. It’s always a good idea to eat lots of fruits and veggies to get the most nutrition to keep your immune system working properly, but sometimes we just don’t eat enough. That’s where a high quality multi-vitamin can help fill in the gaps within your diet.
9. Kick a cold with natural cold medicine. If you do get sick and don’t want to take an antibiotic (which kills all the good bacteria in your gut…which leads to more illnesses) then the minute you start to feel sick it’s best to take a natural medicine like Coldeeze or Umcka. (as with all natural remedies you might find one works better than another)
What are your top tips to stay healthy this time of year?
Stay Healthy my Friends!
Carrie A Groff