It’s that time of year. Everyone is getting sick and there is a cesspool of germs everywhere you go. These are the best nine cold and flu prevention tips to practice this winter.
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Wash Your Hands
Grandma was right. Wash your hands. It’s one of the best ways to help prevent the transfer of germs. Be careful what kind of soap you use. There are many soaps (and even more hand sanitizers) which contain endocrine disruptors. Purchase soap brands you know are all-natural. Make your own all-natural hand sanitizer DIY.
Drink Plenty of Water
Your body is made up of 70% water and your cells are comprised of over 90% water. Water makes your body run efficiently. It’s the core of your being. The best rule of thumb is to drink half of your body weight in ounces. Stay hydrated. Your body will thank you.
Get QUALITY Sleep
It’s not just about getting 7-9 hours of sleep anymore. It’s about getting QUALITY sleep. Your body uses the time when you are sleeping to repair and restore. Turn off the TV in the bedroom, put your phone on airplane mode and get a good night’s sleep.
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Go for a walk or run, do some yoga, hit the gym, or whatever your favorite fun, sweaty activity is. If the weather is too cold or uncooperative, pull up some YouTube videos of exercises you can do in your home.
Stress is one of the biggest factors that can hamper your health. While you can’t always eliminate the stress in your life, you can change how you react to and handle stress. Practice prayer and/or meditation. Go for a walk. Take deep breaths. Call a friend. Take a bath. Write in your journal.
Limit Alcohol and Sugar
I know, I know. Yes, a whole foods diet is the best. Limit your alcohol and sugar consumption. Sugar causes inflammation. Inflammation will weaken your immune system and may make your system more susceptible to contracting the cold or flu.
Vitamin C is the gold standard for cold and flu prevention. Foods high in Vitamin C and Camu Camu are absorbed better than Vitamin C supplements. Elderberry is my favorite to take when I feel the cold or flu coming on. Other great supplements that enhance your immune system and help your liver with detoxification are Glutathione, Tumeric, Zinc, and Probiotics.
Use Essential Oils
Diffuse frankincense or lemon balm Essential Oils. Use peppermint and frankincense Essential Oils to roll on the back of your neck and bottom of your feet. Going into a high germ place like an airplane or your child’s school? Rub a little tea tree oil under your nose.
Be Slightly Paranoid
Cold and flu viruses can survive on surfaces for up to 24 hours. Wear your winter gloves to open outside doors to buildings or at the gas pump. Feel free to not shake hands with someone (put the blame on yourself – I’m getting over a cold and don’t want you to get sick). Use a tissue at the pharmacy on the card reader when you pay. Bring your own pen to write with. Be smart, be a little paranoid, but you don’t always need to let conventional thinking drive your actions.
I hope these tips help you keep the winter sickness at bay.
And if you do plan to get sick, be sure to read the “10 Comfort Items to Keep in Your All-Natural Cold and Flu Survival Kit.”
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