Every year I try to write a little bit more about simple ways to keep your family healthy to to prevent the dreaded seasonal cold or flu; in addition, ways to treat yourself if you have come down with the chills, body aches and fever. Of course, the best approach to prevention is eating nourishing whole colorful foods, getting good nights of sleep and keeping your body active – think 30 minute walk everyday. All of the above, keep your immune system strong and fueled, and lack of any, may increase your risk of those pesky viruses and bacteria from entering your body.
I am adding a few more tips that may help prevent some sick days.
1. Bring on the cold… water.
I adore hydrotherapy and I speak to all my patients, friends, social media friends all about it; powerful stuff that is FREE.
how to: After every hot shower you take, end it with a blast of cold water.
why: It basically increases blood and lymph circulation and we want this to make sure that toxins/unwanted wastes are moving out of the body and nutrients are getting to the cells they need to go to.
ps: I guaranteed you will love it and become quite addicted.
pss: to learn more journey over to drheathernd.com
Here is little Pearl and Merrin demonstrating Magic Socks:
2. Brew some tea… herbal.
I wrote about the Yogi Tea that we drink during the holidays in a previous post ( find the recipe here). I love steeping this simple warming tea. It keeps my body nourished and hydrated in every yummy sip I take.
why: During the winter many people forget to drink water and become dehydrated quite fast ( especially if they coffee drinkers). Although I enjoy a good cup of joe, I really enjoy sipping herbal tea during the day; the herbs are packed with antioxidants that feed the body’s cells and the hydrating effects are strong.
3. Take 5.
I realize all too well that this is super hard for most people ( me included). The only time that I can be quiet, with no kid interruptions, is the minute I lay my head down for the night. I will do 1 or a combo of: Listen to Gabrielle Bernstein meditations, take deep breaths, mediate or do a mental prayer ( giving thanks, what I am grateful for etc).
why: Stress in the body has numerous negative effects; one being on the immune system. Finding quiet ways to release stresses, can make a profound difference in your overall health.
Ugggg you are sick
1. Take a supplement: pill, capsule or tincture.
why: Supplements will help strengthen your immune system and not suppress it.
how: Check here to learn more of my suggestions on different brands and combinations.
2. Go to bed asap!
why: One day of rest may prevent 5 days in bed feeling miserable.
3. Take your supplements even if you feel better
why: I notice most people will stop taking their supplements right when they feel better. When people do this, there is usually a larger chance of them getting sick again. I suggest to have a 7 day plan: the first 3 days, be aggressive with recommended dosage, and the last 4 days take half the recommended dose.
It is always best to visit your doctor to guide you with the best treatment plan suitable for you. If symptoms do not get better after a day or two, it is important to visit your doctor again.
Wishing you all a Happy Healthy New Year!
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