With the chilly weather comes all the things we love about winter- pumpkin spice lattes, cozy blankets, blazing fires, Thanksgiving comfort foods and the smell of Christmas. Unfortunately, chilly weather is also known to bring some not-so-popular things like the cold and flu. It's about that time when the sniffles and chills come out to play (and rudely interrupt holiday festivities).
Embrace the cold weather months with a healthy mind and body to keep those sick days at bay. Stay alert and aware about your health and the health of others so you can make the most out of the season and stay one step ahead of the ickiness! Here are some of my preventative go-tos that help me stay well and good.
1. Rest up.
Take full advantage of daylight savings and sleep in a few minutes past your alarm. Sleep is necessary for your body to become refreshed and replenished for the next day. Sleep is linked to improved memory, reduced inflammation and sharper attention skills.
2. Drink up. Fluids, that is.
Your body is constantly losing water throughout the day, so it's important to stay hydrated. Water oxygenates your blood and flushes toxins from the body so that your organs can function at optimal levels. Water also helps you digest your food properly and allows cells to be properly nourished with nutrients.
3. Give your immune system a boost.
Let food be thy medicine! Some immunity boosting foods include: garlic, ginger, spinach, turmeric, green tea and broccoli. Garlic is one of my favorite immunity boosting foods that is known to fight infection and bacteria. I use crushed garlic in my cooking all the time to maintain high levels of immunity and maximize flavor!
4. Stay fresh and clean.
You can do your best to maintain your health, but cold weather months are breeding grounds for viruses and infections. Do your part in protecting yourself and others by practicing cleanliness and good hygiene. I like to keep hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes in my car for easy access!
5. Keep it stress-free.
Stress suppresses your immune system, making you vulnerable to sickness and infection. The best way to stay ahead of the cold and flu is to take gentle care of your body and mind. Make sure you are setting aside time every day to breathe deeply, clear your mind and reflect on gratitude and appreciation for your health and wellness. Wellness starts from the inside and requires balance and harmony within all aspects of your being.
Let us know in the comments below some of your go-to health tips for the cold and flu season. We hope you stay happy and well during these magical winter months!