I had to post this….
…..because I was sitting in the waiting room while the car was being given it’s annual check up or WOF.
You see we look after our cars better than our bodies, DON’T WE.
I noticed everyone around me was unwell. Coughing or sneezing – the room was full of it!
For a moment I felt uneasy, like I needed to leave the room full of germs, then I thought I had to do something about this.
It’s not that difficult to do a few more things for yourself to stay ahead of the bugs. So without further delay here we go.
Top Tips for staying ahead of the bugs:
- Eat seasonal fruit and veggies which are designed to be in season for a reason. You need them. For example it is citrus season – what is citrus full of, Vitamin C.
- Keep germs at bay but staying hygienic around the house and workplace. Wash hands before and after eating, same for using the facilities!
- Stay hydrated – maintaining your mucous membrane requires good hydration. These help fight the bugs by escorting them out of the body when you sneeze or cough.
- Vitamins – back to good old nutrition again. Use colour as your guide for your 5 (minimum) a day. Ideally 10. Them more colour you get the better coverage of the micro nutrients you shall receive. Remember when the sunlight is in short supply you need to supplement your vitamin D3 from elsewhere. Try cod liver oil from here, my favourite is cinnamon tingle. Also found in butter, egg yolk and milk if these items are on your list?
- Manage stress – easy to say but not as easy to do. A little actually helps as it promotes an anti inflammatory response. We use cortisol to do this in times of stress. If you can find ways to manage stress during or at the end of your day it will benefit your immune system no end. Studies show “there is now good evidence (in animal and human studies) that the magnitude of stress-associated immune dysregulation is large enough to have health implications.” Padgett, David A. Glaser, Ronald. Magnesium is good for calming nerves and can be found in dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, bananas and dark chocolate.
- Sleep of course is a biggie. The more your get the better you will be, it is the ultimate recovery tool. However if you are wired at the end of the day you may not be getting much sleep so look for ways to wind down; walking, gym, reading whatever best suits you and your busy schedule.
- Smart cooking – including herbs and spices such as, garlic, turmeric, onions, ginger, black pepper corn are all packed with goodies for immune boosting activity so include them in your recipes.
If you’re struggling to stay on top of your health you may want to look at getting some assistance. There may be more going on other than just fighting a few bugs. A 3 month block of health coaching may be what you need. You may just want smart ways of getting those vitamins and minerals into your system easily.
Either way out the Fit 4 Life health diagnostic tool email it back and we can discuss options moving forward