You've made it through the holidays, through excessive sugar and rich food, the stress of parking, shopping and spending. Then there's the office parties, drinking, more drinking, more spending, not enough time to exercise and…all of the above brings us to a lack of quality sleep.
What does all this mean to your body? The short answer is that your
The cold virus is our country's leading infectious disease. The average American suffers from two to four colds each year. There are myriad flu-like symptoms (
Before the virus triggers the big symptoms — you know, the ones that send you to bed
Your first plan of action is to ensure that you are getting enough vitamin D.
For flu prevention, children and adults need 35 IU of vitamin D per pound of body weight. So, for example, a child weighing 100 pounds could take 3,500 IU a day of vitamin D. But surprisingly, research shows that even 2,000 IU of vitamin D per day gets rid of seasonal influenza. Each of us absorbs and processes vitamin D differently, so it is a good idea to have your blood checked if you plan to take supplements.
Get regular exercise and enough sleep. Exercise keeps nutrients circulating throughout the body and sleep provides the recovery time necessary for tissue repair and system function. Together, they keep your body's rhythms in balance.
Drink plenty of fresh juice. Fruits and vegetables are the building blocks of life, responsible for strong, healthy muscles, tissues, glands and organs. When you drink them in the form of fresh, unpasteurized juice, all the nutrients and minerals act as purifiers and are quickly and easily absorbed by the body.
Go sugar-free. Sugar feeds and multiplies the bacteria that make you sick. By removing it from your diet, you give your body a chance to catch up and recover.
Take a good quality probiotic daily. Quality probiotics are sold in the refrigerator section and contain a minimum of 5 billion CFU's. They build up your internal defenses.
Sip herbal tea throughout the day. My favorite for this time of year is
Stay hydrated. Your body needs water to keep all its systems functioning optimally.
Give yourself a fighting chance. It is possible to stay healthy and energetic all year long, and that's nothing to sneeze at.
I'll see you in two weeks.
Love & health,