Cooler weather brings the start of cold and flu season. You can’t hide in solitary confinement, but we don’t want to deal with any of that. Being sick is no fun.
Not to mention the fact that we don’t have time to be sick, or have sick kids, or husbands. Sick husbands are the worst, aren’t they?
Here’s how to start building up your immune system. Don’t wait – start now!
Take your vitamins –
Shorter days mean a decline in our natural vitamin D source – the sun.
Its not a coincidence that cold and flu season start in the fall. Everyone thinks its the colder temperatures, but research shows a direct correlation between lower vitamin D levels and illness.
Remember that Vitamin D is fat soluble. You’ll want to take it after a meal that has some fat. That can be meat, poultry, salad dressing…
Also take Vitamin C daily. I take 500 mg. a day and I try to drink a glass of orange juice every day.
I also take a boatload of other supplements, but you want to take at least a good multi in addition to the following tips –
Eat real food –
Fast food and packaged foods contain virtually zero nutrients. While you are filling your stomach and gaining weight, you are not giving your body anything it needs to operate at its peak. Stop treating your body like an old Escort. Treat your body like a Porsche and give it the best nutrient dense foods that you can afford. Isn’t your life worth it?
Vegetables and fruits –
Get at least 5 servings of different colored fruits and vegetables a day. More is better, but strive for at least five. Dark green vegetables are one of the most important. I just eat a double portion at dinner most of the time. Berries at breakfast, a banana, apple or grapes for snacks, some veggies at lunch… You got this!
Get your sleep –
Sleep is when your body restores and repairs, especially if you have given it the tools (nutrients) it needs to do the job. Cut this process short and you are guaranteed to be sick more often and less performance and productivity.
Get exercise –
Your muscles, cells, arteries, lymphatic system, and brain function all improve with a little exercise a day. They say about 30 minutes a day will do it, and it doesn’t have to be all at once. Walk for 10 minutes at a time. Dance, vacuum, walk the mall, play frisbee or catch with your kids, just get moving.
Drink water –
Your body is mostly water, so it makes sense that for all of your organs to operate their best, they need to stay hydrated. Think of a dry sponge. How well does that work? You have to soak it first, right?
Keep a bottle with you when you’re out. At home, keep a glass on the table where you’ll be reminded to take a sip when you walk by.
What if someone near you is sick?
- Try to stay at least 5 feet away.
- Wash your hands.
- Double your nutrition efforts.
- Take Vitamin C
- Make sure to get enough sleep.
If you’ve been taking care of yourself, there is a really good chance that you will not get sick.
Additional helpful information for insider members…
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