By Zeesha Brownstein
The news media is reporting that flu season could be bad this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says are more cases than normal so far with 90 percent of U.S. states report some type of local, regional or widespread flu activity.
And it’s just the beginning of flu season.
The good news is that you avoid influenza thanks to a few tried and true tricks for a stronger, healthier winter. How? It’s called Immunity Boost.
The key is to take care of yourself. Studies show that people that lead healthier lifestyles have a stronger immune system. Use this 5 step plan to boost your immunity and stay healthy and hearty this winter.
Take note of the next few tips as well. Keep them up regularly and they will help you to be better equipped to deal with stress in your day to day life.
1. Manage your stress.
Stress raises your blood pressure. Being in a fixed state of stress weakens the immune system and the heart. Instead of getting overwhelmed and letting yourself get worked up, learn time management skills, go for a walk, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths – it really helps. The principal is to take control of your stress – don’t let it control you.
People that move have gotten sick much less frequently and for a shorter duration of time than people who don’t. Make exercise a part of your routine. It will help you manage your stress levels and improve the quality of your sleep. Staying active also releases endorphins – it makes you feel good and can put you on a high.
3. Get sleep.
Everyone knows that sleep is important, but you may not realize how crucial it is. Sleep helps your body recharge, heal and repair your organs. Just a few nights of interrupted sleep can increase your chances of getting sick and leave you worn out. A good night of sleep will enhance your problem-solving skills, improve your decision making and willpower. Try to get to sleep before midnight, and stop looking at your phone! Keep it far away from your bed. Proper sleep can be the magic key that enables you to accomplish everything you set out to.
4. Optimal nutrition.
Lots of people think they eat well, but when there are so many woozy germs flying around, you need to be at your best. With a few tweaks, you can be eating better in no time. First step, add healthy foods to your diet before eliminating the unhealthy ones. That way you won’t be hungry and falling back into unhealthy habits. Healthy food is not synonymous with boring food; there are oodles of gourmet recipes that are 100% healthy.
Which foods are healthy vs. unhealthy? Fresh veggies and fruits, healthy fats like those found in avocado and salmon, and lean proteins will give you the best nutrients, vitamins and minerals. When eating carbs, try to stick with whole foods. Refined sugar, and preservatives found in processed foods are not great for you. If you don’t recognize the word – your body probably doesn’t recognize it as food.
It is best to get your vitamins from food – this is one of the reasons that nutrition is so important. Your body is like a machine that works hard day and night. There are some vitamins that are essential to keep it oiled and working well. Try to make sure you get enough vitamins C, B & D. These vitamins help fight inflammation, and if you do get sick they can also help you recover faster. Amazingly, people have seen results from vitamin C in just a few short hours!
These 5 tips work really well together, yet even making small changes slowly can help.
–Zeesha Brownstein is a certified health coach and holistic nutritionist. She works with clients individually far and wide and travels for workshops and speaking engagements. Follow her @healthcoach_brooklyn or email [email protected] or at healthcoachbrklyn.com