Welcome to cold and flu season! This year is shaping up to be a doozy!
So what can you do to protect yourself and your family from getting sick?
Here are a few tips to keep you healthy this season:
- Wash your hands – Everything we touch is likely to have germs on it from the pen at the grocery store, to the treadmill at the gym, to your office keyboard. Prevent spreading these germs from place to place by washing your hands frequently and effectively. Wash your hands with hot water and soap (it does not need to be antibacterial) for at least 20 seconds to ensure your have removed all germs from your skin. And while we are talking about your hands, keep them away from your nose, mouth, and eyes as this is the primary way germs enter the body.
- Take a probiotic – While probiotics are often thought of as being solely for the digestive system a good probiotic can stimulate the immune system as well. Puretrim’s SyngeryDefense or Global Healing Center’s Latero-Flora both contain probiotics to support the immune system.
- Go for a run – or engage in some other form of aerobic exercise. The increased blood flow sends disease fighting cells through the body at a faster rate allowing the cells to “find and destroy” illness causing germs sooner. An increase in breathing rate can help flush germs from the lungs preventing respiratory illnesses. Finally, the temporary increase in body temperature can prevent the overgrowth of bacteria in the body. Aim for 20-30 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise 3-4 days per week.
- Eat your fruits and veggies – Phytonutrients found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes have been shown to increase activity of T-cells which fight off disease as well as help protect lymphocytes from damage keeping the immune system working at optimum levels. Adding citrus fruits, oregano, berries, dark leafy greens, tea (black or green), apples and walnuts to a healthy diet plan will provide the phytonutrients necessary to support your immune system.
- Stay away from sick people – Encourage friends, coworkers and family to stay home while they are sick, especially if they have a fever, to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses that cause colds and the flu. If you do come in contact with someone who is ill advise them to cough or sneeze into a tissue to prevent germs from congregating on their hands.
- Don’t recycle – Reduce, recycle, reuse is great for laundry bottles and ketchup jars but not for tissues. Use a tissue once then throw it way. Don’t keep it in your pocket or sleeve to use again later. This will keep germs from spreading from your pocket, to your hands, to the door handle at the bank.
- Get your beauty sleep – Sleep deprivation decreases the levels of T-cells in the blood while increasing inflammation causing cytokines both of which have a negative effect on the immune system. While everyone’s need for sleep is slightly different try to get 6-8 hours of sleep each night.
- Try adding colloidal silver to your supplement plan – For centuries silver has been used to fight infections due to bacteria, viruses and fungi. It was used as an antibiotic prior to the introduction of prescription antibiotics as well as an antiseptic for wounds. Silver interrupts the life cycle of pathogens thereby preventing them from reproducing and causing illness. Colloidal silver is available in various strengths and dosage instructions should be followed to prevent a side effects including argyria which results in the skin or eyes turning blue or grey. It can also impact the effectiveness of prescription medications such as thyroid medications and prescription antibiotics. For more information on colloidal silver visit Global Healing Center’s blog page.
Through proper diet, exercise and rest as well as washing your hands and paying attention to what you touch you can keep your immune system strong and stay healthy and happy this cold and flu season.