It's that time of year again. Everywhere you turn people are coughing, sneezing and spreading their wonderful germs all over the place. Sometimes it really baffles me how inconsiderate people are. For example, I was at a store the other day and I watched this woman cough into her hand and without missing a beat, pick up the pen attached to the credit card machine and sign it. All it takes is the next person in line to pick up that same pen and then touch his or her face to simply rub an eye or itch a nose and they will most likely get it.
Since we can't live in a bubble nor can we control other peoples actions, I wanted to share some helpful tips to avoid catching anything this season and how you can build your immunity all year round!
1. Wash your hands often and don't touch your face. The hand washing is obvious but sometimes we rub our eyes or scratch our faces without even thinking about it. As someone who has suffered from acne I have trained myself to keep my hands away from my face but if you aren't used to it, it can be challenging to think about. You always want to avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
2. Drink lots of water! This is beneficial for many reasons but mainly to be sure you are flushing out your system. I really try to drink a lot of water daily but it is hard to do. I love using the Swell water bottle because it keeps my water the same temperature as it is when I fill it.
3. Immune Boosting Supplements. Taking Zinc, Probiotics and a Multi Vitamin daily will keep your immunity strong. For an added boost if you feel like you are fighting something, try oregano oil or Hydrosol Silver (colloidal silver). Both have been shown to kill bacteria and fight off infection.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar Tea-- This has been truly incredible. The combination will get you better faster if you are sick and ward off anything coming your way if you are not. it soothes a sore throat and cough and is just amazing! Mix half a lemon, 1 tbs of apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp of honey, 10 drops of GSE drops (grapefruit seed extract) cinnamon and cayenne pepper with warm water (110 degrees)
5. Lots of greens! Get them however you can but salads, green juices, steamed veggies are amazing immunity boosters. Stay away from processed foods and sugar.
What are some of your tips for staying healthy during cold and flu season? Share them with me in the comments below!