I’ve been miserable for almost 2 weeks. I was healthy, and life was good. Then… BAM! Apparently my voice sounded (and still sounds like) I might be a hit-woman or a very long time heavy smoker (and neither of those things are even remotely true!). I think that is probably one of the nicer things that was said about my voice. We just shouldn’t talk at all about the strange noise my cough made which wasn’t entirely human sounding.
Bottom line? No one likes being sick. It sucks. Sometimes it is absolutely unavoidable. There’s nothing like a workplace when a domino reaction of sickness hits. Whether you are on the road to getting healthy or just working on staying there, here are some tips:
- Wash your hands: One of the most effective ways to stay healthy this winter is to remember to wash your hands. Simple, but very effective method of kill germs that are passed on to you. Hand sanitizer is always a good back-up option.
- Opt for garlic: Garlic has been shown to be an intense immune booster, killing off several types of bacteria and viruses. Don’t be shy to toss some extra garlic into your sauces, pasta and vegetables. Don’t want to smell like you trying to fend off Dracula? Odorless garlic supplements are also available at most health food stores.
- Boost your vitamin C: Research has shown vitamin C to be one of the most powerful immune boosting vitamins available. This water-soluble vitamin can be found in oranges, orange juice, broccoli and in other fruits and vegetables as well as in high quality multi-vitamins.
- Drink plenty of water: In order to stay healthy and keep digestion strong, it is important to drink 6-8 glasses of water each day. If you don’t feel like drinking cold water, opt for a herbal tea that also offers plenty of anti-oxidant benefits, like mint tea, green or white tea, or berry teas.
- Remember your zinc rich foods: If ‘C’ is the super immunity vitamin, then zinc wins the prize as the super immunity mineral. The richest food sources of zinc include beef, lamb, pork and salmon and as well as dairy products, whole grains, beans, nuts and nut butters, pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Zinc lozenges are also widely available (and very effective for sore throats).
- Avoid overdoing it on refined flours or sugars: Too much white sugar and flour will not only contribute to weight gain, but can also crash your immune system. Instead of products with white flours or sugars, substitute breads and baked goods made with whole grains and natural sweets such as fruit or fruit juice.
- Keep active: Continue your exercise routine through the winter to stay fit, boost your immune system function, decrease stress and keep your body in fighting shape.
- Sleep: A good night’s sleep is never overrated. A tired body just doesn’t have the energy to fight off all the bugs. Solid sleep is key to keep your immune system happy.
I hope you have a fantastic (and healthy!) weekend…