Now that flu season is upon us, it’s time to talk about how to keep yourself healthy. Don’t let germs, sickness and yikes dare I say it-the flu-be the gifts that keeps on giving this holiday season for you!
Before you run and get that flu shot, take tons of medicines that do more harm than good, or worse yet, get sick, read these tips on how to keep those cooties away!
Tip no. 1: Drink up!
No, I’m not talking about that favorite bottle of wine you’ve been saving for a special occasion, or that delicious but fattening eggnog you’ve been wanting to try. I’m talking about two thing-good old fashion H2O and tea!
Just because its winter doesn’t mean you can start slacking on your water intake. Even in the winter when your thirst may not be as strong, you must stay hydrated! Not only that, but drinking a glass of tea per day will do wonders for your immune system. Not just any tea though…try some elderflower or chrysanthemum tea.
Elderflower tea contains strong anti-viral, anti-bacteria, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also a powerful immune booster and is particularly helpful with respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, sinusitis, laryngitis, tonsillitis, asthma, chronic cough, sore throat, cold, flu, and fever. Elderflower is a natural decongestant and helps to clear up mucus and congestion in the lungs, sinus, and nasal passages.
Chrysanthemum tea has the same benefits as elderflower tea and also has a cooling effect on the body and can help to bring down fevers.
Tip no. 2: Get your proper intake of Vitamin D3
Most people aren’t aware that they are deficient in vitamin D3. Ideally you want to take at least 5,000 units per day in a supplement, especially if you aren’t able to get outside and get your vitamin D from the sun.
Of course you probably want to get your levels checked first, but even if it’s in the 2,000 IU range, it’s probably not enough. Vitamin D is an immune-regulating supplement as well.
Tip No. 3: Don’t forget to get your Z’s……
Yes, I’m talking about sleep. Don’t walk around sleep deficient or it will hinder your body’s ability to fight off illness. Besides when you’re sleep, that’s when your body is the hardest at work to restore and replenish.
Speaking of zzzz’s, I’m also talking about zinc. Most people are deficient in zinc as well. The soil that once helped us get our zinc just isn’t what it used to be. Getting your zinc in liquid form is best. Having enough zinc in your system throughout your life will help protect against ear infections, tonsillitis, and much more.
Tip no. 4: Be sweet, don’t eat sweets
Did you know that when you eat sugar it affects your cells in your body by making them weaker for up to 6 hours! That means your body is not fighting for you like it should. Besides, remember the more you eat sweets and sugar, the more you crave it. As time goes on, it’s easier to give it up the more you stay away from it. After a while your body will adjust to less sugar if you give it time. When you crave something sweet try using honey or making a smoothie using dates. It can really help with that sweet tooth!
Finally, Tip no. 5: Wash and wash again
Did you know you’re not really doing much good if you don’t wash your hands with hot water and soap? Furthermore, it must be for a certain length of time. Don’t’ just throw some soap on your hands and immediately rinse thinking the job is done. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. I myself, like to sing the Happy Birthday song in my head to make sure I’ve scrubbed long enough. Don’t like Happy Birthday.
I shouldn’t have to tell you this but sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious you know? Two that you should already know….eat right and stay warm! Just those two things will help tremendously. Yes, put on those socks when you go to bed and that hat when you go out in the morning. Eat those leafy green vegetables and get up a little earlier to make that healthy smoothie or juice drink in the morning. Your body will thank you.
Eat well. Be well. Repeat.
Stay healthy friends!