"How to Survive the Cold and Flu Season with a Super Charged Immune System!"
We're are in the middle of one of the worst flu seasons in history. The CDC is calling this an epidemic sized flu season. Yeah, I get it. You have nothing to worry about since you got the flu shot, right? Well, not exactly. The CDC also says that this seasons flu shot is only 30% effective. I wouldn't play those odds in Vegas and don't recommend you trying it either.
What can you do to have a better chance of staying healthy and flu free this year? I've listed 10 of my "go to" tips to help lessen and perhaps prevent you and your family from getting the sick.
Number 1 - Get plenty of rest. I'm sure you've heard this before, but do you actually get more rest? I'm guessing, probably not. Getting proper rest and sleep each night gives the body a chance to repair systems and functions plus can strengthen the immune system.
Number 2 - Wash your hands! Not with that squeeze bottle bacterial gel either. I mean get in the restroom, lather up those fingers and scrub using warm water. Not sure you've scrubbed long enough? Sing the A, B, C song out loud or to yourself twice. That should be plenty. (and if you're a bad singer, it's plenty for everyone! 🙂
Number 3 - Lower your sugar intake. This shouldn't be a problem for you since you're a member of Team Trinity! But, just in case you've been indulging late at night when I couldn't see you, lowering sugar intake can protect your immune system from breaking down.
Number 4 - Stay hydrated. Another simple one but we still have folks not drinking enough water. Make sure whatever you're drinking isn't sugary. That includes the orange juice you're drinking for the vitamin C. The amount of sugar in orange juice far out weighs any little vitamin C your getting. Side note, drinking orange juice for vitamin C is just as bad as drinking dairy milk for calcium and protein. If you need more vitamin C, use a supplement like C Grams!
Number 5 - Vitamins are your best friend. Yes, you should be taking vitamins and other supplements on a regular, i.e. daily bases. It's important to change up your intake on certain vitamins and minerals throughout the different seasons of the year. Vitamin C, Zinc and other immune boosting minerals will give your body additional support to fight off any incoming cold or flu. Here's what Stefanie and I use through the months of October thru March. Healthy Immune System
Number 6 - Wash your gloves. I read an article the other day about whether or not people thought that wearing gloves throughout the cold and flu season would give them a better chance of staying healthy or not. Most people interviewed for the article thought that if they wore gloves, they'd be better off than with a bare hand. Turns out that wearing gloves can be worse than going without. Most people touch more stuff, i.e. railings, door knobs, etc. because they think they're hands are covered. The gloves have all the germs attached. Then someone in many instances proceed to touch their face. My advice, wear gloves, but wash them often!
Number 7 - Drink hot tea. Drinking hot tea and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia—the hair follicles in the nose—to move out germs more efficiently. Try drinking hot black or green tea with lemon and honey. Lemon thins mucus, and honey is antibacterial.
Number 8 - Use your own pen. One of the easiest way to spread germs is by using coworkers office supplies. For example, use your own pens. Make sure you always have a pen while in the office or out at the bank, etc. This will limit contact with other people and germs that maybe out there as well.
Number 9 - Keep your hands to yourself. Remember while you're out, staircase railings and public water fountains are a great place for build up of germs. Be sure to avoid contact with as many public areas as possible. Use your own water bottle rather than water fountains for starters.
Number 10 - Release bad energy. What you think about you bring about. Yep, I said it again. Focusing on being sick can make you sick. Worrying about getting sick will make you sick. I don't get sick whether around sick people or not because I don't believe I'll be or get sick. One of my daily affirmations is about supporting my immune system and being healthier every day. When you believe in health, chances are greater you will have health.
Start using these tips today and you'll be well on your way to a super immune system! If you have any questions or would like to share your health tips for staying flu free, please send them on over and
Let's make 2018 the best year ever!
Until next time,
Start Strong, Finish Stronger!