The weather is beginning to change and people are starting to stay inside more. Welcome to Cold and Flu Season! Keep reading to find out more about ways you can prevent getting a cold or the flu and what you can do to keep it short.
Colds and flus are common respiratory viral infections that become widespread during this time of year. They are most often transmitted from hand-to-hand contact but just because you are exposed to the virus, doesn’t mean you are guaranteed to get a cold or flu. If your immune system is running properly and strong, you should be able to fight the virus easily and without many symptoms. The following are common things that keep our immune systems from running at their peak, according to this Mercola article:
- eating too much sugar, particularly fructose, and too many grains
- Vitamin D Deficiency, as a result of insufficient sun exposure
- Not getting enough rest
- Insufficient exercise
- Using ineffective strategies to address emotional stressors
So it is important to remember several things this time of year to keep healthy.
Try to cut back on high calorie and processed foods.
Get out on the sun when you can to increase your Vitamin D levels. If not, try to take a supplement.
Make sure you are getting enough sleep. 7-8 hours for adults.
Fall is a great time to get outside and exercise. See this article for some great ideas.
Find something you love to do to take a break and relax from the stress of daily life.
There are also common vitamin and minerals that have shown to help reduce chances of getting a cold or flu and lessening the symptoms. These include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, and Zinc. All of these are found in our Whole Food Vitamin, which is full of tons of other ingredients to assist with overall health and wellness.
If you are wanting to not be slowed down this season by a cold or flu, make a few of these changes to your lifestyle and see what they can do for you!