Are you ready for cold and flu season? According to the CDC, the flu season is about 12 weeks long and we’re only about half way through.
Want to avoid being sick and feeling like you have to go to the doctor? Now is the time to be thinking about prevention!
Below, you’ll find my top tips to strengthen your body’s immune system and stay healthy during the winter season.
Top Tips to Stay Healthy this Winter
1. Drink the optimal amount of water. Well what is optimal, you ask. I recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 140 pounds, you should consume approximately 70 ounces of water a day. You should increase that number slightly depending on your exercise level.
2. Keep stress to a minimum. Studies have linked high stress levels to making a person more susceptible to catching colds and flu. Minimize your stress by working reasonable hours at your job. Aim for at least one night per week to spend with friends and family. If your stress is out of hand and you feel like you need some help, let me know. Frequently, I work with people who have stressful professional and/or personal lives.
3. Eat a healthy diet. Maintaining a good healthy diet full of local, seasonal fruits and vegetables and eating minimal amounts of organic (and if you a gluten sensitive, they should be grass fed) meats is another way to keep your body clean and in good working order.
4. Exercise regularly. It is important to exercise regularly, even if only for 15 minutes a day! Get out and take a short walk and enjoy the cooler weather.
5. Get the right amount of sleep every night. The average person needs 6-8 hours of sleep per night (and if you have the number 6 in your natal chart, you need even more). If you’re not getting enough sleep, your body is extremely vulnerable to illness. Sleep is very much like fuel that recharges your batteries! You’ve got to do it to keep the machine running.
6. Wash your hands regularly. Keep the bacteria and viruses off your hands and out of your mouth and eyes. Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer close-by for those instances where you can’t get to soap and water.
Despite your best efforts, you still can feel like you’re “coming down with something.” Some things you can do to help your body recover more quickly:
1. Eliminate all dairy products. Dairy is very mucus forming which if you are sick you don’t need any more of.
2. Eliminate all alcohol and grains (bread, rice, pasta, etc.). These convert to sugar and sugar feeds infections keeping that nasty bug around longer than you want.
3. Increase your Vitamin C (with bioflavanoids) intake when you initially feel something coming on.
4. Boost your intake of Zinc.
5. Increase water consumption (even more than normal!).
6. Get more rest than normal. If you normally get 8 hours of sleep a night, try increasing it to 10.
7. Add herbs like Echinacea and Grapefruit Seed Extract to your supplemental regime.
8. And my all time favorite, is the use of Young Living Thieves. This is a powerful therapeutic grade essential oil. Thieves has been university-tested and found to be highly effective against airborne bacteria. Here’s how to use Thieves.
These are just some of the simple things you can do to strengthen your body’s immune system, so that you can stay healthy and well during the winter season!