We’re heading into flu season, folks. Staying healthy is top of mind around this time of year, with travel, holiday schedules, and cold after cold spreading around communities.
We’ve all been there. You sit next to someone coughing on an airplane or there’s a bug traveling around the office and you start to feel run down, convinced you’re going to catch it next.
While getting sick once a year is normal and actually a sign of a healthy immune system, there are some ways you can avoid dealing with a full-on sickness especially during the inevitable flu season.
If you feel a cold coming on, here are a few tips to avoid getting sick:
- Rest. Rest. Rest. – It’s easy to claim there’s no time to rest between work, family, and other commitments. But the reality is if you take 1-2 days to disconnect from work, you’ll 1) avoid spreading your germs to everyone around you and 2) save yourself the potential of being down for the count for much longer later. Use the downtime to watch your favorite Netflix series, enjoy a good book, or simply catch up on much needed sleep.
- Stay hydrated – Water, herbal teas such as Traditional Medicinals’ Throat Coat, and bone broth (which you can make yourself or buy online at Thrive Market) are your best friends. Among many other roles, water helps transport nutrients between cells — exactly what you need to ensure your body is getting the right vitamins and minerals it needs. Also, dehydration can manifest itself in unpleasant ways (think: headaches, fatigue, back pain, and joint pain) so keep yourself protected by drinking plenty of fluids. On average each person needs to drink half of their body weight in ounces per day (add more for sweat-induced exercise and each cup of caffeine or alcoholic beverage).
- Dial in your nutrition – Now is not the time to eat an entire pizza and down a six-pack of beer. Load up on healthy fats, easy to digest vegetables, and plenty of vitamin-rich fruits. As a general rule of thumb, do your best to avoid processed foods and opt for whole, real foods instead. Eating healthy will not only give your body essential vitamins and minerals to keep your health in check, but it will also ensure your systems are not having to overwork to digest everything. This frees up some of your body’s energy to strengthen your immune system and defend against whatever virus or bacteria it may be fighting.
- Load up on probiotics – While I’m a believer of incorporating fermented foods, kombucha, and grass fed yogurt as an everyday habit, it’s especially important when you’re feeling sick. Ensuring you have plenty of friendly bacteria in your gut will allow your body to rebound even faster and ward off any potential cold.
While the above tips are great as a general guideline, remember that each individual is different.
Someone with a run-down immune system or other illness may need to take extra caution and care to avoid getting sick, so just keep that in mind as you’re researching the topic.
If you have any questions or are interested in learning more, feel free to leave a comment below or send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime stay tuned for more tips on staying healthy while traveling this holiday season, coming to the blog soon!
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