Sniffle Season Strategies For A Healthier You...
It's that time of year again. Runny noses, stuffy noses, and coughing, oh my! Perhaps you have just accepted the fact that this is the normal routine to have to endure on a yearly basis. What if you could prevent this yearly debacle altogether? Everyone appreciates one less item on their to do lists during the winter season, so here are some simple tips to help you build a stronger immune system to fend of the cold and flu.
1) Sip Tea. Drinking tea and breathing in steam stimulates the cilia (the hair follicles in the nose) to move out germs and mucus more efficiently. Add lemon and honey for their antibacterial effects.
2) Boost Your Protein. Research shows that diets that are too low in protein can actually deplete the immune system. Add protein rich foods to your daily diet such as eggs, yogurt, and fish.
3) Sanitize Your Space. Disinfect anything that gets touched by many people such as microwaves, fax machine keys, door knobs, workout machines at the gym. Even if it looks clean, give a quick wipe down with antibacterial wipes. (Rhinoviruses can live on items up to 48 hours!)
4) Sweat It Out. Exercise of any form is a great immune booster for the body. Even 20 minutes a day of walking will make noticeable benefits to your overall health.
5) Call It A Day. Go to bed earlier, sleep in a little longer, or try to sneak in a power nap here or there. Research shows that we need at least 7-8 hours of rest in order for our bodies to stimulate an immune response from our "natural killer cells" that attack viruses.