It’s that time of year again- cold and flu season. The days are shorter and colder, and the nights are longer. With less sunshine, you are deprived of vitamin D, cooped up indoors with less access to fresh air, have less locally grown produce to feed your family, and you are overall depleted of energy. This is the perfect storm for cold and flu viruses to attack.
Do you spend a lot of time at the doctor’s office this time of year? Are you tired of spending all your money at the pharmacy? Do you want vibrant energy to get you through the holidays and into the new year? Keep reading…
Ten Tips to Avoid Colds and Flu and Stay Healthy This Year
Wash Your Hands
Make sure you and your kids are washing your hands frequently. This is the easiest way to limit germ exposure. Avoid toxic hand sanitizers and use soap with warm water. You can use natural hand sanitizers made from essential oils when on the go.
Get Good Sleep
Your body was designed to rise and fall with the sun. Mother Nature intended for you to get more rest in the colder months. Aim for 7-8 hours of good quality sleep each night. It helps to keep the same schedule, waking and going to bed at the same time each day.
Your immune system is suppressed by processed foods. Eat high quality, real food. Aim for several servings of vegetables per day. The fiber and micronutrients feed the good bacteria in your gut. Your gut houses the majority of your immune system. A well nourished and healthy gut is the key to a strong immune system and vibrant health.
When you are feeling run down and exhausted, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. Getting moderate exercise will enhance your immune system and give you the energy you are so desperately lacking. Get moving! Make it fun. Get outside for some fun and exercise with your kids.
Easier said than done! Getting exercise, proper nutrition, and good sleep will actually do wonders for your stress levels. Find ways to make time for yourself. Practice deep breathing and yoga. Don’t spend too much time watching TV, but when you do, skip the news and watch something that makes you laugh or feel good. Read a feel good book. Unplug from electronics as much as possible. Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to say “no”.
Sugar feeds the bad bacteria in your gut and suppresses your immune system. It causes blood sugar spikes that contribute to poor health. Satisfy your sweet tooth with seasonal fruit, starchy root vegetables and natural sweeteners like honey, maple syrup, and molasses.
Supplement with Vitamin D3
Vitamin D3 is critical for proper immune function. Most of us are severely deficient in vitamin D because of our lack of natural sun exposure. In the fall and winter, the levels are further depleted. Vitamin D deficiency is also correlated with increased cancer risk. Invest in a quality supplement for you and your family.
Eat an Orange a Day
Vitamin C is also critical for proper immune function. It prevents and treats infections. Eat the whole orange and avoid juice. The whole orange has fiber that will stabilize blood sugar, and it has other beneficial micronutrients that are often destroyed in the processing of orange juice. Kiwi fruit is also very high in vitamin C. If supplementing vitamin C, get it in the form of acerola, which is more readily used by the body.
Get Plenty of Probiotics
Remember the majority of your immune system lies in your gut. Probiotics are the good bugs in your gut that fight the bad bugs. Antibiotics, over the counter drugs, sugar, and processed foods wipe out the good bugs. We need to replenish them with probiotic rich foods like organic, sugar-free whole milk yogurt, organic plain kefir, and fermented veggies like sauerkraut and pickles. Also, invest in a high-quality supplement.
You don’t get sick in the winter because of the cold air. You get sick because you stay indoors with lack of fresh air. Get outside as much as possible. Go for short walks. Open windows a crack when it’s feasible. Bring nature inside with house plants that help to clean and purify the stale indoor air.
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What is one thing you can do right now to protect yourself and your family this season? What other tips do you have? Please share below in the comments.
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