Staying Ahead of the Game During the Flu Ridden Winter
There are plenty of ways to pamper yourself and stay healthy during winter. Yes, as much as we would like to wish it away, the cold weather isn't going anywhere anytime soon. That's why it's crucial to stay ahead of the game and make the best of the next several...several weeks. First and foremost, keep a routine that won't leave you feeling rundown because once you turn ill, everything else around you becomes harder to accomplish. So stick to a plan to get plenty of rest, stay calm, eat right and diligently wash your hands and resort to wearing a mask, if needed, in between public outings and any human contact. Taking protocol sounds basic, trivial, and even tedious. Still, in the end, you'll be a much healthier and happier person for doing so.
Like so many reading this right now, I know all too well how turning sick can 100% get in the way of your daily routine. Since Thanksgiving, I have been back and forth with cold symptoms and the dreaded achy body flu. To determine what was up with me, I covered all ground, including taking a Covid test each time I felt ill. Now, in my case, I tested negative across the board. However, if you're experiencing similar symptoms, remember that taking a Covid test is an important step to protect yourself and those around you.
So back to the basics. Remember to rest up and, more than anything, be easy on yourself. Studies have shown that STRESS is a factor that affects not only a person's mental health but their physical health, as well. As for the best foods and vitamins to take during the winter months and all year long, stick to essential nutrients rich in vitamins A (leafy greens), C (citrus fruits), D (fish, eggs, grains), and E (wheat germ, peppers, almonds). To help keep that cold/flu at bay, gradually introducing a good B Complex vitamin into your diet should also help. A winter "go-to" trace mineral includes zinc, with herbs such as ginger root, garlic, echinacea, thyme, red clover, spearmint, and elderberry listed as top boosters for your immune system. They can be found in capsule and gummy form and, most commonly, in tea. Of course, there's only one YOU, so keep your eye on the prize (whatever that may be) and, in the process, stay healthy and happy this season with a few options to help you along the way.