Fighting Cold & Flu Season – Naturally!

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 by Wellness

As fall and winter weather start settling in, along comes cold and flu season! If you’re like me, the idea of being proactive and taking mindful steps to stay healthy makes a lot of sense. As they say, the best defense is an strong offense! Here are a few ways to fight off the bugs, giving you a better chance of getting through the approaching seasons healthier than ever!

Optimal nutrition is key. Think fresh and lots of color! Eating a variety of fruits and veggies on a daily basis is vital! Think twice about milk – it’s mucous-forming, hard on our digestive systems, etc. Sugar and artificial sweeteners also weaken your immune system, so minimize intake!

Antioxidants boost your immune system. Again, consume a variety of fruits and veggies daily! And while it’s optimal for us to receive most of our nutrition from food, at times it is beneficial to supplement with a quality multi-vitamin and/or antioxidant.

Exercise is essential. Exercise will strengthen your immune system, circulatory system, respiratory system, and MORE! Our bodies are designed to be active – if it weren’t so, we’d be hearing about the “many benefits of being sedentary” – but we don’t! Carve out 30 minutes at least 3 times per week – your body will thank you!

Drink plenty of pure, fresh water and also green/white/black tea! Every cell in our body thrives on water to stay healthy – be sure you take in plenty daily. Squeeze a fresh lemon or lime in your water for taste and other health benefits! Tea is the second best choice for fluid intake – it’s loaded with wonderful high-potency antioxidants to keep our immune systems strong!

Wash your hands regularly. This sounds like a “given” but it’s surprising how few people actually practice this simple step as much as they should! Be mindful of anti-bacterial soaps and cleansers. Surprisingly, the active ingredient found in most anti-bacterial soaps and cleansers can actually strip away our skin protection, known as the “acid mantle,” which acts to maintain a certain pH to help resist the entry of bacteria. Bottom line – don’t forgo hand-washing – just be sure to use natural soaps and cleansers on a consistent basis!

Get your zzzzz’s. Your body heals and restores while you sleep. Make getting 7-8 hours a priority!

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