Being at your best each day is easy when you’re feeling good. We can all agree on that! But, what if you are under the weather and all you want to do is stay in bed all day long?
It’s tough to keep up with your regular routine, let alone exercise or feel like preparing healthy, homemade meals.
If sickness has invaded your household this season, we have some tips for you to get through it and get healthy as soon as possible!
First off, get lots of rest and drink plenty of WATER.
We know life can get busy and the reason you fell ill in the first place may be because you were burning the candle at both ends. Listen to your body. When you are tired, rest. When you are hungry, eat. Take a day off of work and get in plenty of naps. Do what you have to do to get enough sleep.
Wash your hands. A LOT.
This is one you hear time and time again. It’s the most obvious tip, although it is maybe the most important one. Keeping your hands clean is the #1 way to keep germs away and illness at bay. If you are sick, keeping your hands washed will help keep others in your house healthy, too!
Sip on hot tea.
Did you know that Oolong tea is abundant in antioxidants, which combat free radicals (chemical by-products known to damage DNA and suppress the immune system)? Oolong tea, specifically our WuLong and SlimTea, is also loaded with polyphenols, which have antiviral properties to aid in keeping you healthy. By drinking Oolong tea on a daily basis, you will be boosting your immune system to keep illness away. If you do fall ill, drinking our tasty oolong could shorten the duration of your cold. For an immune boost, add in some lemon, honey or ginger to your daily cup of tea!
Take a daily probiotic.
Taking a probiotic supplement or eating foods containing bacteria are good for your health. Just be sure your supplement or foods include Lactobacillus, because it can reduce the risk of both respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Making sure you have enough good bacteria in your system is super important. 70% of your immune system is found in your gut, so making sure it is jam packed full of the good stuff is key to remaining healthy all year long.
Sip some chicken noodle soup.
This cold remedy has been used for centuries – with good reason! Cysteine, an amino acid released from chicken during cooking, is chemically similar to a common bronchitis drug. The soup thins mucus and calms the symptoms of a stuffed-up nose and wracking cough. For an added benefit, include some of our Oolong into your favorite chicken noodle soup recipe – its mild flavor will accent any number of broth soups! (Here's a DELICIOUS RECIPE for chicken noodle soup!)
Don’t overdo it.
When your body is already under a lot of stress, making it do more work isn’t always a good idea. But, in some cases, light to moderate activity may actually help you feel better. Instead of your usual workout, opt for a 20-minute walk around the block or on the treadmill. Twenty minutes is all you need to reap the benefits of regular exercise. Plus, if your sinuses are plugged up, walking can help your nasal passages open up with all of the deep breathing that goes along with it. Obviously, if you feel worse after walking than you did before, your body is telling you to rest, so just sit back, relax, and enjoy the down time.
Eat more garlic.
Crushed garlic has a substance called allicin, which helps fight viruses. In a British study, volunteers who took a daily 180 mg allicin supplement caught 63% fewer colds over 12 weeks than those taking a placebo. Garlic cloves contain less allicin (5 to 9 mg), but even two raw cloves a day may help. So, don't be afraid to go heavy on the garlic this time of year.
Cut back on sweets.
When you consume sugar, your infection fighting white blood cells lose the ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. Keep in mind that your immune system stays depressed for several hours after you eat or drink sugar, so if you down a soda every few hours, your resistance will be lowered for much of the day. An added bonus for limiting your sweets this time of year is that your pants may feel a bit looser!
Eat more mushrooms.
Many kinds of mushrooms may help boost immunity, but medicinal fungi like shiitake, reishi, and maitake may be particularly beneficial because they encourage immune cells to multiply.
We are not doctors and realize that everyone is different, but these are some tips we have found to help when we are under the weather. If you are unsure if any of these tips are right for you, consult with your doctor before starting anything new.
We hope these tips will help you and your family stay happy & healthy all year long.
What are some tips YOU use to keep from getting sick during cold and flu season? Let me know!
Yours in Health & Happiness,
P.S. Check back each day this week for more amazing info on boosting your immune system!