The one thing we’re all wondering during the cold & flu season is how to not get sick! When everyone around us is coughing and sneezing all we want to know is how we can avoid catching whatever it is they have! At least, that is what’s going through my mind.
When you’re a kid and you get sick it’s not a huge deal. You miss a few days of school. Your mom serves you meals in bed. You lie around all day until you start to feel better. But when you’re an adult it’s a completely different story. There isn’t anyone around to cook and serve you meals. And some of us still have to get up and go to work when we’re sick.
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It’s no fun and that’s why I try to avoid getting sick at all costs. One time everyone in my house was sick with the flu so I wore one of those hospital masks around the house everyday hoping I wouldn’t catch what they had. True story. Guess what? It didn’t work. But I was desperate so it was worth a shot.
I used to get sick all the time. If someone who was sick even looked at me I would catch it. I didn’t understand why until I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and than it all began to make sense.
Over the years I feel like I’ve become a bit of an expert on how to not get sick. I don’t want to jinx myself so I’ll just say that there have been many times where I have been around people who were ill and I was able to avoid catching their illness. In the past that would have never happened.
So as the cold and flu season is fast approaching I wanted to share all the ways I’ve been able to strengthen my immune system and avoid getting sick.
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1 | Get Enough Sleep
Sleep deprivation suppresses immune system function. So make sure you get enough sleep every night. If you have sleep problems I highly encourage you to read this post. I’ve struggled with my sleep since I was 12 years old and I believe that played a significant role in my weakened immune system. This post contains all the methods and natural remedies that have completely transformed my sleep for the better.
2 | Stay Hydrated
Drinking enough water is great for your immune system. Water helps your body eliminate toxins and waste materials, making your immune system able to better fight infection. If you would like to learn more about the benefits of drinking water read this post. And if you’re struggling with drinking enough water everyday check this post out!
3 | Consume Probiotics
Probiotics can help boost your immune system along with many other health benefits. 70-80% of our entire immune system resides within the gut. Probiotics help to replenish the good bacteria that often gets wiped out by consuming antibiotics and unhealthy foods. And we need good bacteria to keep our gut healthy.
A great way to consume probiotics is by eating fermented foods like sauerkraut. An alternative to fermented foods is consuming a probiotic supplement. I personally use and recommend probiotics from the brand NOW. They work great and they’re very affordable.
4 | Use Natural Hand Sanitizer
I’m extremely “anti” antibacterial soaps and sanitizers. Here’s the thing. Not all bacteria is bad. Good bacteria is extremely beneficial to our bodies and our environment. When we use antibacterial products we destroy the bad bacteria as well as the good which is actually doing more harm than good to our health.
I love this all natural hand sanitizer gel made from essential oils. It’s paraben free, SLS free, BAC free, cruelty free and free of lots of other yucky stuff.
5 | Eliminate Stress
When we’re stressed, the immune system’s ability to fight off antigens is reduced. So try your best to eliminate stress. We can’t always control circumstances and situations in our lives but we can control how we react to them. Try your best to manage your stress levels.
6 | Eat Healthy
Nutrition is very important to the health of your immune system. Do your best to eat more fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods. A great way to stay healthy during the winter months is by drinking immune boosting smoothies. Check out this post for my favorite immune boosting smoothie recipes!
7 | Take Vitamins
If you struggle with not getting enough vitamins from your diet I highly encourage you to take a vitamin c, vitamin b, vitamin d and zinc supplement. These vitamins play a huge role in the health of your immune system. I take these vitamins daily, not just during the cold and flu season because they have many other awesome benefits.
8 | Use Essential Oils
Essential oils can have a significant impact on your immune system. I use them in my home everyday during the winter months. Read this post to learn all about the best essential oils for your immune system.
9 | Wash Your Hands
Wash your hands but not with antibacterial soaps and not excessively. If you’re in a public place or around someone who is sick make sure you wash your hands before you put them anywhere near your face.
Just be sure to use a mild soap that doesn’t contain too many chemicals. I personally use Everyone Hand Soap. It’s a plant based all natural hand soap.
10 | Avoid Antibiotics
Only take antibiotics when absolutely necessary. Most people over use antibiotics which can be very harmful to your health. You naturally have an army of good bacteria in your gut that is there to help you fight of sickness and infections. But when you take antibiotics you destroy all that awesome beneficial bacteria.
So only take antibiotics when it is absolutely necessary and when you are through with them replenish your good gut bacteria with probiotics.
I really hope these tips help you stay well this cold and flu season. If you have any tips for how to not get sick please share in the comments below!
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