The changes of the season are upon us. With that comes what many people refer to as “cold and flu season”. Now when I was a kid in school at Holy Rosary, the nuns taught us that we had four seasons and “cold and flu” wasn’t one of them! (And you did not argue with the nuns!)
So what is this cold and flu season really about? Well it’s about your body not being able to adapt to the lack of sunlight and water. Combine that with stress, lack of exercise and bad diets and you have a recipe for an immune system that is tired, weak and will bring you down.
Now I don’t know about you, but I do not have time to be under the weather! And frankly it’s not a good look for me so I do my best to avoid it! So what’s one to do in God’s country in the middle of winter!?
Here are some tips to having an immune system of a Super Hero this coming winter season!
Try to get out in the sun! Yes, I know that’s easier said than done. Just 10 minutes in the sun on a winter’s day can help give your body the best form of Vitamin D and a little mood boost.
Drink lots of water (half your body weight in ounces is a good place to start). In the winter it’s easy to have a hoity toity coffee drink (my fav is a coconut milk hazelnut latte!) but they have a lot of sugar. The same goes for pop/sodas and don’t get me started on diet sodas! (Just avoid them!) Try savoring a nice hot cup of tea with some local honey added to it.
Work it! Winter can be long when you don’t have outdoor activities to enjoy. If you can’t get yourself outside to snowshoe or ski, find a workout buddy and hit the treadmill at the gym. Thirty minutes on the treadmill 4-5 times a week will do wonders for your health by strengthening your heart and immune system. Plus going to the gym is a social event where you can make new friends!
Food glorious food! Comfort food earned its name for a reason – it provides great emotional comfort. We all have our “go-to” foods. Usually these are foods high in sugar and white flour (cereals, pasta, bread) and don’t provide a lot of nutrients (aka “empty calories”). Gluten can contribute to mucus formation as well. Limit these and replace with broth soups, leafy greens and veggies! (My fav is steamed broccoli with olive oil and the tasty Seasonello herb salt from Fustini’s.)
Avoid dairy. OK, I completely understand that there may be mutiny over this one. For many of us, we lack the enzymes needed to break down the sugars in dairy products (There’s a reason for that. Milk is meant for baby cows, not people!). If you can’t break it down, your body can’t use it for anything productive. Plus dairy can contribute to mucus formation. Try replacing dairy products with products made from coconut or almond milk.
Ditch the hand sanitizer! Yup, you read that right. Some of the ingredients in hand sanitizer are linked to hormonal disruption and damage, inflammation, a weakened immune system and antibiotic resistance. You can choose to put a few drops of Tea Tree essential oil in water in a spritzer bottle for a natural alternative.
Reduce stress. Yes, it sounds like a cliché statement. Listen, lightening will not strike you down and the world will not stop turning if you take a yoga class or get a massage. Trust me, I’ve tested this one out and never once did the world end. So put down your mobile device and go ahead and tune out for an hour. Everything will be fine and you get to keep your sanity!
GET ADJUSTED! I’m here for you! Chiropractic adjustments stimulate the immune system so you can fend off germies better! And if you feel like you might be coming down with “something”, please come in for an adjustment! Trust me, you won’t get me sick (I have the immune system for a Super Hero!) and you’ll begin to feel like new again!