As the leaves turn and the temperature drops, sniffly noses, coughs and sneezes enter the sound-scape. But, the good news is that you can take a few simple measures to avoid the dreaded cold or worse, the flu this season.
1- Get plenty of sleep– Getting at least 8 hours of sleep each night helps your body repair and fight off germs and viruses. Studies show that getting at least 8 hours significantly reduces the incidence of illness and helps one maintain a healthier life.
2- Drink plenty of water– Drinking at least 60 ounces of water per day helps keep your tissue and membranes moist and free of germs and bacteria. Dry mucous membranes and tissue become sticky if not well hydrated and can actually hold onto germs in the body causing viruses and infections to form more rapidly. Rather than reaching for a sugary drink, grab a glass of water or make a cup of herbal tea. Bacteria LOVES sugar so the more sugar you consume, the more food you are giving to things you don’t want in your body.
3- Exercise – A simple 20-30 minute walk 3 or 4 times per week significantly increases your body’s immunity and helps maintain good blood flow. Not to mention the obvious benefits of exercise for ones mind, body and spirit.
4- Increase veggie intake – Having a diet rich in DARK leafy greens (such as kale, collard greens and spinach) and cruciferous veggies such as broccoli and cauliflower provides vital immune-building nutrients to your body. It’s just one more step toward an illness-free lifestyle.
5- Get outside– There’s nothing like a little fresh air to clear the body. Getting outside for at least ½ hour every day helps circulate fresh oxygen through the lungs and rejuvenates the body and spirit.
6- Lower your stress– There’s no two ways about it…stress is damaging to your body. It decreases immunity, breaks down healthy cells and weakens your body. If you find you have a lot of stress in your life, consider meditation, yoga, tai chi or other calming activities to release tension every day.
7- Daily supplements– There’s no need to have a Mt. Everest-sized pile of vitamins in the morning, but a good multi vitamin (liquid forms are generally better as the body can absorb more of the nutients) along with Vitamin C and Vitamin D are great ways to help your body stay healthy.
8- Sun it Up– Believe it or not, our body produces most of its Vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D is essential to maintaining a healthy life so a little bit of sunshine everyday is good for long-term health. Unfortunately, sunscreen blocks out the body’s ability to absorb Vitamin D so getting your daily sun should be done without sunscreen but with caution to avoid conditions related to sun damage to the skin.
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