Guard Yourself During Flu Season

Guard Yourself During Flu Season

Hey there People,

We all came off the Holidays hot. Most of us traveled to some extent, for a month or so we stressfully looked for gifts while working hard to finish out 2018 without going broke, we ate things we normally would not and sometimes in excess, and shifting winter weather requires extra immune defenses. What does that leave us with? We are left with feeling tired and crappy, the perfect conditions for the flu to weasel its way in and chain you to the couch. So, what are some simple things we can do to help keep our immune system strong and away from flu invasion?

Rule No.1: Get Your Nutrition Back On Track

Be honest, we all ate and drank a bunch of s**t over the Holidays. That is okay as long as it is only once in a while. Continual bad eating habits are what will contribute to an increase in viral susceptibility and/or an increased length of time feeling under the weather.[1]

Rule No.2: Don’t Touch

At the risk of sounding like your mother, ‘wash your hands!! And don’t touch your face!’ Something as simple as keeping your hands clean with regular ol’ soap and hot water and keeping your fingers out of your face can help you stay flu-free.[2]

Rule No.3: Drink lots of WATER

Drink water! Stay away from anything that has sugar or artificial sweeteners. Often times, sugar alternatives, like honey, agave, and other artificial sweeteners, do the same damage as regular cane sugar. Sugar is an immune suppressor and a pro-inflammatory agent.[3] The good bacteria in your gut, the little guys that pay their rent by keeping you healthy, don’t like sugar and often don’t function well in a sugary environment.[4]

Rule No.4: Get Plenty of Sleep

If you start to feel crappy, make sure you get plenty of sleep, that is where the healing happens.[5]

There is a reason why when you are sick all you want to do is sleep. Give in to the Sandman.

[1] Nutrition and the Immune System: An Introduction

[2] Prevent Flu: Don’t Be Touchy

[3] Does Sugar Cause Inflammation in the Body?

[4] Effect of diets low and high in refined sugars on gut transit, bile acid metabolism, and bacterial fermentation.

[5] Sleep and Immune Function

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