For those of you who know me well, you know that I’m not a big fan of vaccinations, flu shots, and medication. I am always looking for the natural and “whole” remedies to keep myself healthy and my body functioning properly. Historically, I have had some pretty rough winters where I would contract the flu, bronchitis, pneumonia, the common cold, and several other “bugs”. I sometimes felt like I was sick more often than I was healthy.
In an effort to avoid the “bug” myself this year, I have found 5 hacks that have kept me healthy this year so far. Even after being surrounded by sick friends, a sick roommate, a sick boyfriend, and sick kids, I was able to keep myself from getting sick too. I can’t claim these hacks will keep you from getting sick, but I CAN guarantee they will help boost your immune system and, if nothing else, will help you create a healthier lifestyle.
1. DRINK HALF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES OF WATER EVERY DAY
You’ve probably heard this one before… I remember my sports coaches, health teachers, parents, doctors and a long list of others telling me to “drink more water”. Drinking enough water every day is important because it keeps your body functioning at its prime. It also flushes out germs and toxins and helps the “bug” move quicker through your system. Vitamin C might help, but next time you feel the sniffles coming on, try flushing it out with water instead. You might find yourself making “potty breaks” more often throughout the day, but I’ll be the first to say I’d rather have that than a stuffed up nose and rattling lungs.
2. CLEANSE OUT THE TOXINS AND TRY INTERMITTENT FASTING
Bare with me here… I’ve tried a ton of cleanse and detox products on the market, and most of them flush out your ENTIRE system and you find yourself spending most your day in the bathroom. This is not the kind of cleanse I’m talking about. I encourage you to search out an herbal cellular cleanse and pair it with a day of fasting each week. This type of cleanse will allow your digestive system to take a break, support natural methods of detoxification, and boost your metabolism and immune system. Let me know if you want suggestions on some good cleansing products.
3. SWEAT IT OUT
Lift some weights. Go for a run or hike. Attend a yoga, cycling, or body pump class. Take a hot bath or sit in the hot tub. Sweating is another healthy way to get rid of unhealthy toxins and strengthen your immune system. Plus, you might just earn a better body in the meantime!
4. DRINK GREEN TEA
Here’s an evidence based article from another green tea addict… very interesting read.
Here’s one of my favorite green teas. I like to add a packet of stevia, YUMM.
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5. DRINK APPLE CIDAR VINEGAR AND GREENS EVERY MORNING
I have started mixing a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a greens supplement (ask me for my favorite) together and have noticed drastic improvements in my acne, my health, my digestive system, and energy. I have to think I can attribute my boosted immune system to this trick as well. Apple cider vinegar has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-viral properties that can aid healing many different health problems. Give it a try. I got this idea from a couple of really knowledgable mentors and millionaires that I am lucky enough to work with.
I hope this article was helpful and I hope you all stay healthy this winter!
Until Next Time,