It’s the time of year again when sniffles, sneezing, coughing, sore throats and even ear-aches appear to be occurring all around us. Aside from walking around wearing a mask, or drying out your skin from the continuous use of antibacterial soaps and sanitizers, what can you do? Well you are in the ideal place to discover! Believe it or not, your diet may actually lower your chance of catching a cold or influenza during the change of seasons and winter season.

Healthy changes

By making a couple of minor dietary changes, though substantial, and smart lifestyle choices, you will have the ability to decrease the probability of sniffles, stuffy nose and the embarrassing aches and pains that accompany flu. The Key: Modifying your lifestyle and diet BEFORE the flu and cold”grabs” you. How: Real Food!!! Healthy foods which are prepared in a way that keeps the nutrients that our bodies want and desire should be the focus when preparing your families meals. Foods are better than supplements in preventing colds, flu and other ailments.

Why?

Because contained inside the fruits, veggies and whole grains that people SHOULD be eating in our everyday diets is the entire nutritional package. As an example, eating an orange is better for you than taking a Vitamin C supplement since contained within the peels of the fruit you’re going to receive potassium, magnesium, Folate, vitamin B6 and a good deal of antioxidant-rich flavonoids. MYTH: Although we’ve been taught and/or advised that Vitamin C is essential for building a healthy immune system, 1 thing which advertisers have led us to think but that scientific studies have been not able to confirm is that overdosing or carrying gigantic quantities of Vitamin C supplements won’t prevent colds or the flu.

However, studies do indicate a strong immune system will fight-off viral infections and a healthy immune system has been directly related to the foods we consume. Eat my friends! So why is the usage of Vitamin C better through the foods we consume vs. Because we also benefit from Vitamin A, Vitamin E, as well as the numerous flavonoids that are included within fruits and vegetables we consume. All these nutrients together help build a strong immune system and enhance total body health. Like exercising with weights, you can construct 1 muscle without affecting another. They all work together to construct the complete package.

Remember

Eating More Fresh vegetables and fruits through the winter months will do your body good. Unfortunately, people tend to eat fewer fruits and vegetables during the season(s) that our bodies benefit the most from their own consumption. Eating a minimum of (5) servings per day can help make sure that we consume sufficient vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. Granted, it’s sometimes more challenging to find fresh produce, but have no fear – juices could be consumed also. Just make sure that you’re getting 100% sugars as many contain considerable amounts of additional sugar with empty calories or are artificially sweetened. Frozen fruits and vegetables are also beneficial and thus don’t remove this option from your daily diet.

They’re economical and convenient and you will have the ability to find many varieties on your grocers freezer department. Remember, a healthy body depends upon all systems functioning efficiently. Therefore, eating a healthy balanced diet is crucial. Your diet should consist of lean meats, poultry, fish, low-fat dairy, legumes, whole grains, seeds and nuts that will supply your body with all the nutrients it requires for general health.

About proteins

A tiny detail you may not know is that lean meats, dairy, eggs and legumes supply your body with protein sources that provide amino acids which a body needs to create the components of a person’s immune system. Lean meats also supply the body with zinc and iron, which if deficient in these minerals, can depress a immune system. Now, saying”NO” to unhealthy foods is important also! Avoiding foods containing excessive sugar and unhealthy”fat” such as saturated and trans fats, is necessary so as to profit from the”healthy” choices that you are making.

What to do?

Don’t allow the “cellophane” snacks sideline your positive decisions.

  • Toss Your Tissues: If you use tissues/handkerchief(s) to grab your sneezes and clear away your sniffles, recall, they contain germs. One use should be all you use to be able to eliminate the danger of lingering illnesses and spreading germs. Tucking these into your pocket or handbag will enable the germs to “hang around” in locations which you will surely be exposed . Wash your hands frequently so that you can stop the spreading of “cold germs”. Avoid putting your hands in your face, eyes, mouth and nose as they are certain to be hauling germs.
  • Eat Lots of Vitamin A: An important nutrient in our diets which boosts the creation of our body’s natural”defense” cells that are capable of removing viruses which result in colds. Taking 10,000 IU daily can reduce the risk of cold by 33 percent and such as savings, that may be substantial in the total scheme of things. Now, bear in mind that supplements are provided in many forms, i.e. capsule, pill, dissolving strips, and even powder formulations. Choose carefully and find the ones that will deliver and supply you the nutrients created via formula rather than simply”passing” through your digestive tract. For information on products which are formulated and provide 10 times more absorption of the vital ingredients than many over-the-counter brands, see me at the link below.
  • Vitamin C is Key: You can cut the chance of contracting a cold by 85 percent by eating citrus, particularly oranges. They contain bioflavonoids that fortify our insecurities building an invisible wall that germs cant breach.
  • Get Lots of Rest: A weary body is a feeble body and can actually double the risk of catching every virus that we are exposed also. A body needs a lot of rest and having the ability to enjoy a profound sleep really builds disease fighting antibodies within.
  • Gargle the Tickle Away: Why wait until your symptoms are too far gone? When you feel the first tickle in your throat, start gargling with warm salt water. By doing this twice per day, you can cut your risk of severe infection in half. How? Gargling eliminates the germs before they could make themselves at home in our throats.
  • Reduce Stress: I know you won’t believe this but by lowering your stress levels, you may really help boost your body’s immunity by strengthening your”psychological” and”emotional” state of mind. An easy walk, sightseeing, enjoying a movie, or just a dinner outside rather than in the kitchen can be very relaxing. To find out more about managing stress, you will want to read: Handling Stress the Healthy Way.
  • Turn Off the Air Conditioner: Well, up north this likely is not a problem but down south, we are typically running our air conditioners at full capacity to keep cool and comfortable. This information may make you think twice about fixing the dial/controls in your Air Conditioner next time.

Keep in ind

When a body is chilled it narrows our blood vessels in our noses preventing our immune cells from doing their job at reaching the sinuses. I don’t mean our hands! By sneezing to the fold of your elbow, you can include the spreading of germs. Your elbow is not able to touch your eyes, nose, mouth or somebody else’s like a hands can. Germs are so readily moved from one to another and handling their spread is something to take seriously.

Unfortunately, lots of people don’t recognize that store-brands and other commercial brands of disinfectants actually contain dangerous toxins and components which are even more dangerous than they’re great. Soap and water are successful in managing the spread of germs as are many organic products like citrus and Thyme. There are natural products that are EPA Approved and kill 99.9% of germs like staph, E. coli, H1N1 and much more. Undoubtedly you have heard the expression, “You are what you eat!” So, it stands to reason that if you eat healthy, you will be healthy. Today’s society has become too dependent on pharmaceutical drugs and pills to “increase” their own body’s immunity to common, everyday illnesses and to”fight” them whenever they see. Simply by changing our eating habits to include a balanced diet full of fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains we have the ability to obtain the exact results.

Quality products

Purchasing quality products is key and locating those who are toxin-free (insecticides and pesticides ) can be challenging. Visiting the organic section in your grocery store and buying items which are”certified” organic are more likely to deliver the nutrients your body wants and desires with no”stuff” is does not. I hope that these hints and hints help you make positive decisions and changes in your life and help you stay away from this cold and flu bugs.

Remember, everything that we will need to ward of disorders is offered in the foods we consume. Eat Healthy My Friends. Speaking of healthy eating habits, I’ve recently published a children’s book, Liver for Dinner, which is a funny story told from the viewpoint of Preston, a typical seven year old boy, who goes over and beyond completing household chores to be rewarded with one of his favourite meals for dinner.

Final note

Unfortunately, his mother has other ideas about the dinner menu that leads Preston down the humorous route making a number of explanations followed by”Operation Food Disposal”. See if Preston is successful or if he’s captured in one of the many plots. The book comprises another component as well which summarizes the food pyramid, balanced foods, healthy serving sizes, as well as the foods that we would all like to see our kids eat. It makes a great stocking stuffer and addresses the subject of eating healthy from a kid’s perspective. I’ll even autograph it to your little one.