The weather has noticeably changed especially during the early morning and early evening hours. You notice that short sleeve shirts are not cutting it anymore. While you and many other may love the fall, this is the perfect scenario to catch a cold as I averted one and friends have not. Here are 5 tips to stay healthy as the seasons turn from summer to fall.
Plant-based foods pack a big punch when looking to increase the fortitude of your immune system. Real, whole foods will provide more protection than synthetic supplements. Load up on seasonal foods for fall such as appls, broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower, figs, lettuce, nectarines, pumpkins, red onion,s squash, spinach, black and blueberries, cucumbers and garlic.Increase the use of the following spices in your food: garlic, oregano, turmeric, thyme, cilantro, dill, and cinnamon. All have cold preventing (and fighting) components. For example, cilantro is rich in vitamin c while garlic is antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and so much more.
You are setting yourself up for failure when you start operating on less sleep. Your body needs time to rest, heal, and rejuvenate. Lack of sleep compromises your immune system and increases your vulnerability to germs.
Studies support that people who exercise consistently don’t get sick as often as those who don’t. There is strong evidence that people who exercise don’t get sick as often. Exercise is especially important during the winter months to avoid seasonal depression as it boosts your mood.
If your home or outside, your hands are a vehicle to germville throughtout the day. Washing your habds is an assured way to not carry them with you. And by washing hands I mean soap and water, not just hand sanitizer. Hand sanitizer is useful on the go for in between washing. As you wash hands, sing happy birthday to ensure you’ve done it for the proper amount of time.
If you follow me on twitter, you know I have engaged in lost of discussion over the last few weeks about oil pulling. If you feel a cold coming on, this is your absolute go to. I felt a cold coming on about 3 days ago, did oil pulling for 3 days in a row and have fully recovered! To read more about oil pulling, read Wellness Wednesday :: Oil Pulling. I would also suggest adding a drop or 2 of oregano oil into your base oil for the pulling.
One of my favorite comedy moments is from the Parks and Rec show for “Treat Yo Self Day”.
Just Laugh Out Loud. That is a treat for your well being. Get a massage (Spa Week is coming soon in October with $50 spa treatments). Meditate when you first wake up. Take a day off. You’re allowed to have some time to yourself.