For many, it isn’t about if you get sick over the winter months, it becomes a question of how many times. Why is it that you and your children get every cold, ear infection and respiratory infection out there, but your co-worker remains healthy all season? It is probably a combination of things.
Regular exercise and diet play a huge role in our overall health. Remembering that food is supposed to be used as fuel for the body, we need to ensure that we are eating the right foods at the right time. This means eliminating some foods from the diet temporarily when we start to become congested. Dairy is a mucous producer, so whenever a cold or congestion is present, dairy should not be. Sugar is also a no-no, as it can exacerbate symptoms and prolong illness. Try to incorporate whole foods into your diet – not just when you are feeling down, but all of the time! You will be amazed at how good you feel! Are you hydrating properly?
When it gets cooler, many of us forget about water and opt for something hot instead! Herbal teas can hydrate, but a target to shoot for is one half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. This will allow you to flush toxins out of your body and help with digestion.
If you feel as though your diet is lacking, supplementation may be an option for you. In the Midwest, our vitamin D levels are low over the winter months. Vitamin D helps our immune systems function better, as do probiotics. We have learned that nearly 80% of our immune function comes from our gut flora, and probiotics re-introduce the good flora back into our systems to help.
Other supplements to use all season, but especially when you are starting to feel under the weather is Echinacea Premium and Andrographis Complex from Standard Process. These supplements will be discussed on the next page! Stay well adjusted (which also boosts your immune system) and stay healthy!
Questions? Just ask!