The holiday season is upon us which also means colder weather, shorter days, and spending more time indoors, inactive, or amongst others in small areas. All this could potentially set one up for getting sick. After all, colds, flu bugs, and even allergens thrive in closed in spaces.
Feeling under the weather is no fun thing, even if we get to stay home from work or school. When it keeps you away from your workouts and living an active lifestyle it feel like such a task to get back into the swing of things once you do recover.
Your best bet then is to build up your own defense against colds, flu, and seasonal allergies to prevent getting sick in the first place. And if you do still manage to come down with something, having an arsenal that can fight it off stronger and sooner is going to be ideal.
Here's some of the top choices to keep you healthy and well through the next few months and beyond.
For long term health and prevention, take these year round or at least through the fall through spring season on a daily basis:
Elderberry syrup/extract - rich in vitamins and antioxidants, elderberry is believed to relieve colds and flu, and improve the immune system.
At first onset of sickness, have a spoonful of it 1-3 times a day. For immunity, take a spoonful daily year round/fall through spring.
Local honey - for seasonal allergies, local honey is the shining star. But, you need to take it year round for it to really have a chance at working. Seasonal allergies are from pollen and our environment. Consuming local honey that bees have pollenated and create those allergies, helps you build up a resistance. Exposure therapy essentially. Local is important too, as regions and even suburbs carry different allergens.
Other Nutrients that are known to help with immunity:
Whole Food sources rich in immune boosting nutrient:
Fruits and veggies
Plant based diet
Feel like you're coming down with something? Try this concoction: - Emergen-C Immune+ in Citrus or Orange flavors
- Amazing Grass Effervescent Greens tablets in Lemon lime or Berry flavors
I recommend having this upon waking in the morning before your coffee and breakfast if you have them.
Of course leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle is going to be a first defense against getting sick. Hygiene, sleep, stress management, consuming a nutrient rich and balanced diet with a variety of foods, exercising enough.
Avoiding processed food, refined food, sugar and sweets is also important. Also avoiding overtraining, overworking, and a nonstop lifestyle.
Create work-life-fun balance.
What do you do to stave off cold and flu season sickness? How about allergens?