With the cold comes the increased risk for illness. But don’t fret there are ways to ward off those icky germs
Read on to learn 5 ways to keep your health in tact this winter
1 Wash Your Hands frequently – Washing your hands has been proven to decrease the spread of germs. Using someone else’s computer or touching that subway pole? Wash your hands as soon as you can to prevent getting sick.
2 Drink plenty of fluids – do you get enough water? If you’re answer is no, now is the time to pump up the fluids. Being dehydrated is bad for your health. I know you’re probably going, “it is too cold to guzzle 32 ounces of water this season.” The good news is you can get your water is many forms. Go for teas, soups, and stews, along with the regular cold water consumption. If you drink caffeine beverages be sure to drink a glass of water in between to combat the dehydration of diuretics like coffee. Skip the sodas, there are no nutrients and you will just wind up making yourself more sick. How do you know if you’re not getting enough? Your lips and skin will show signs of dryness.
3 Eat nutrient dense foods – Power up with foods that will provide omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, vitamin C, healthy fats, and proteins. You want to color your plate with avocado, nuts, seeds, and vegetables like cabbage, kale, carrots, celery, peppers, and spinach. Leafy green vegetables provide an abundance of vitamin and minerals that will pump up your immune system. Organic grass fed bone broths will provide protein and vitamin D without having to take a supplement. These foods are integral to fighting off the colds.
4 Watch your sugar intake – Added sugar is the worst thing for your immune system. I know it is the time for sweets, but be careful in how much you indulge. Start eating sugar and you will be sucked into its scary web. The more you have the more you will want to eat.
5 Keep your gut healthy – Too much bad bacteria in your gut can lead to poor immunity. Want to boost your gut health? Add some probiotics to your diet. The best way to do this is to start eating fermented foods. If you buy them make sure they are organic and grass fed. Want to make your own? Try my easy sour kraut recipe. Click the photo below to check it out!
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