Prepping Your System For Cold and Flu


Woman receiving a flu shot.
Just the other night, Adele had to cancel one of her shows because of a cold.  She posted a video of herself red eyed and teary eyed apologizing to her fans and assuring them that it was absolutely necessary to take the night off so that she would be able to carry on with her tour and that she would make it up to them.  Poor Adele!  Poor fans!  If only Adele had prepped her immune system!

 Now that the summer is more or less in the can, we all need to start thinking about winter fun and kissing is no fun with a runny nose!  But take heart!  With a little preparation, you can keep your winter fun and healthy!

Get Your Flu Shot
The CDC recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. Because flu season usually occurs between October and May, it is best to so it by October, but better late than never!  Hate needles?  This year the shot will be offered in nasal sprays and needle-free forms.  Even if you don’t have a primary care physician, you can get a flu vaccine in a health department, pharmacy, or urgent care center.

Make Sure You’ve Got The Gut
Your gut helps your body digest food, as well as regulating your metabolism, hunger, weight and immune system. Dr. Frank Lipman of  the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York  says, “…probiotics keep your gut humming.”  Probiotics are bacteria that help reduce inflammation and prevent infection and may also reduce the severity of cold and flu.  Fermented foods, such as unpasteurized sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir are all good for probiotic health.

Healthy women drinking orange juice

Think Zinc!
When we get hit by colds and flu, most of us reach for the Vitamin C, as we should.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory effects and antibiotic quality. But, studies show there’s a new nutrient on the block.  Zinc has immune boosting and protective effects that can stop the replication of cold cells.  If only Adele had taken 25 mg of zinc per day, she might have been belting it out the other night.  Zinc can be found in pumpkin seeds, Spinach, oysters, nuts, and beans.

Use Lavender Oil as a Hand Sanitizer
Lately, we have added hand sanitizer to the list of things we don’t want to leave out home without.  However, hand sanitizers contain triclosan, which has been shown in studies to cause hormone disruption in animals.  Dr. Lipman says,”The antibacterial craze has created harsh products loaded with toxins that increase the risk of creating resistant bacteria (and) over-dry and crack the skin, making transmission of viruses ….easier.”  Lipman advises using plain old soap and water and try lavender oil as a hand sanitizer and moisturizer.

Get Your Z’s and exercise
Exercise boosts your immune system.  If you feel well enough, you can even try and get some stretches in while your blowing your nose!  Research shows that moderate exercise leads to fewer colds, but don’t skimp on sleep! Sleep is essential for a strong immune system.  Aim for at least 7 hours and go for a 20-minute power nap if you fall short.

Keep Surfaces Clean
The easiest way to get to the flu is to touch a contaminated object and then put your fingers near your mouth and eyes.  Surfaces with the most germs include phones, computers, and desks,  Tea tree oil makes a great disinfectant cleaner.  it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that has been shown to treat psoriases, nail fungus, and acne.

If only Adele had known!  But you do and Adele would probably want you to do everything you can so you can stay healthy this season.  So sleep, eat well, exercise, take your zinc and your flu shot and you can be belting it out with Adele all winter long!

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