By Ed Barillas
Well the summer is behind us for the most part and now it’s time to throw some logs in the fireplace, turn up the heat, grab a cozy comforter, wrap your hands around a hot cup of dark chocolate and curl up with your favorite remote control.
This is the most important time of the year to get on the ball with your meal planning with the cold and flu season before us. As you well you know the flu season is an annual time of the year which is characterized by the consistency of outbreaks of influenza. The symptoms easily identifiable can vary from sudden fevers to dry chesty cough to headaches, tiredness and chills. Muscle aches are also associated with the flu along with sore throat sneezing, loss of appetite and finally a sunny or blocked nose.
So now the big question is how do you prevent and keep yourself healthy?
- First on the list has to be to drink a lot of water. Water is super important in keeping your organs hydrated and strong against bad cells and it can also keep toxin levels in your system consistently low.
- Next is garlic, yes that aromatic and comforting smelling veggie which can make your entire home smell like grandmas cooking. Garlic has great antibiotic properties and ages garlic in particular has powerful antioxidant effects.
- Include lots of vegetables and fruits in all your meals as these are all loaded with natural vitamins and minerals that your body desperately needs to fend off bad cells. Also include more seeds and nuts in your snack shelf and kitchen counter as these are loaded with vitamins and minerals and are great for your heart and to be really able to fight the flu one should first have a healthy and strong heart.
- Wash your hands more often than usual and or carry a hand sanitizer in your purse of backpack. Germs are famous for being able to be spread through common contact so one must pay more attention as to where you even put your hands before you shake your next hand.
- Get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day 5-6 times per week as this is also important and can keep your system functioning at it healthy rate which can easily deter the next flu attack.
- Take it easy on the cocktails and beers as alcohol can lower your body’s ability to fight illness and can keep you wide open for many other illnesses and diseases.
- Last but not least is for you to get plenty of sleep. The right amount of sleep (8 hours) can enhance your immune system and can also give you that extra pep in your step to get you through your day.
With careful attention to these suggestions you should be able to get through this cold and flu season sniffle free and be able to enjoy those warm nights watching a good movie more.