Winter Essentials Series: Winter Is No Match For These Simple Ways To Stay Healthy
Have you ever been next to someone who sneezes or coughs and think: “Oh my goodness, I hope they’re not sick”? You know you turn your back to them – a little – and maybe even roll your eyes – a little – hoping and praying they’re not spreading germs on you. Well as much as we try not to get sick, sometimes even with our best effort, we do end up with a yucky cold or flu. Today I want to share with you some simple ways to stay healthy all winter long.
Harvard Health Publication’s Recommendations for Staying Healthy
Harvard’s Health Publication on “How To Boost Your Immune System” advises that to function well, your immune system requires balance and harmony. Because your immune system needs the support of all the other systems in the body, it is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here are some great tips for healthy living that I pulled from this article:
- Watch What You’re Putting In Your Body – The article recommends eating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and foods that are low in saturated fat.
- Get moving – regular exercise improves your heart, lungs, and overall health
- Avoid smoking – cigarettes are bad for your lungs and affects your immune system.
- Maintain a healthy weight – A healthy weight for your gender, height, age and lifestyle will be different for everyone. You can search for “body mass index” to find recommendations for what is healthy based on your individual body. You should also talk to your doctor about what is an ideal weight for your body.
- Keep your blood pressure in normal range. Normal blood pressure is 120/80. What’s yours?
- If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation. Drinking too much alcohol puts a strain on all your systems and can lead to heart and liver disease.
- Go to sleep. Rest is good for the body and not getting enough sleep stresses the body, making your susceptible to illness.
- Wash your hands. The Harvard article recommends, “Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.” – I agree!
This article goes on to say that while there is not a proven way to actually “boost” your immune system, these are practical ways to stay healthy. As simple as these steps seem, the truth is, we can all do them. And the great news is, when you do our best to be healthy, you increase your chances of fighting off all kinds of illness, including the cold and flu.
Natural Vitamins & Supplements To Help You Combat The Cold Season
In addition to practicing healthy living, there are supplements you can take to make sure you’re getting proper nutrients, vitamins and minerals. While you want your main source of nutrients to come from food, these are the food and plant-based supplements that I recommend from Young Living:
NingXia Red Antioxidant Juice
NingXia Red® is a powerful antioxidant drink that contains whole Ningxia wolfberry puree—a super blend of blueberry, aronia, cherry, pomegranate, and plum juices, natural stevia extract, grape seed extract, pure vanilla extract, and a healthy dose of essential oils. Its health benefits include support from head to toe, via a whole body nutrient infusion. Carefully selected for their health and flavor profiles, the blend of orange, yuzu, lemon, and tangerine essential oils found in NingXia Red is packed with 93% d-limonene- a potent antioxidant and a marker for bioactivity. Along with NingXia Red’s premium flavor, these essential oils also aid in maintaining the body’s normal cellular function.
True Source Superfoods Multivitamin
Young Living composed True Source™ with dried superfood powders, whole food vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients. The result is an impressive formulation that will change the way you look at daily multivitamins. True Source supplies a broad spectrum of what you’ve come to expect in a multivitamin – B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D , E and K, folic acid, selenium, zinc, potassium, iodine, and magnesium.
Super C Vitamin C Supplement
Super C™ not only contains 2,166% of the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C per serving, but it is also fortified with rutin, citrus bioflavonoids, and minerals to balance electrolytes and enhance the effectiveness and absorption of vitamin C.* The essential oils that are added may also increase bioflavonoid activity. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins required by our bodies. The ingredients in Super C play a role in normal immune and circulatory functions, help to strengthen connective tissues, and promote overall health, vitality, and longevity.* Because our bodies cannot manufacture vitamin C, we can benefit by consuming this powerful antioxidant daily.
Mineral Essence Essential Minerals Supplement
Mineral Essence™ is a balanced, full-spectrum ionic mineral complex enhanced with essential oils. According to twotime Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling PhD. “You can trace every sickness, every disease, and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Ionic minerals are the most fully and quickly absorbed form of minerals available.
MultiGreens™ is a nutritious chlorophyll formula designed to boost vitality by working with the glandular, nervous, and circulatory systems.* MultiGreens is made with spirulina, alfalfa sprouts, barley grass, bee pollen, eleuthero, Pacific kelp, and therapeutic-grade essential oils.
How Do You Stay Healthy During The Winter
Another point mentioned in the Harvard article is that one of the reason many of us get sick more during the winter than during other months is simply because we stay indoors more, and being in close quarters is how we “catch” each other’s germs. If that’s the case, we definitely need to make sure we create healthy environments in the home. How do you keep your family healthy? Feel free to share your comments below.
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