Five Flu Fighting Strategies For Winter

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Dear Readers:

I am sorry about the late blog; these power issues caused a bit of a setback for all of us, didn’t they?  Today, I would like to continue with the Fight The Flu series I started on Tuesday. Today, I am going to share with you five simple-yet-effective ways to stay healthy.

Find A Healthy Way To Manage Stress: There will always be a reason to walk around under-pressure, but the key is not avoiding “stressful” situations, but to know how to navigate through them without harming your health. Not only does stress cause discomfort for the brain, but it also wreaks havoc on the body, more specifically your immune system. By giving your body enough time to rest, you allow your body to recuperate and recover. This does not just mean sleep, either. Resting the body and mind by way of meditation, listening to soothing music, popping in for a relaxing massage, taking a walk through a garden or simply writing in a journal will all work to lower stress levels.

Get Active: Studies have shown that those who participate in regular physical activity are twice as likely to ward off the common cold and flu. Booty Barre and Pilates anyone?

Eat Lots of Colours: In the winter months its very easy to stick to moorish comfort food.  Although delicious, a healthy body needs variety. The brighter the colour the better. Think pumpkin, mandarins and  capsicums. By adding these foods into your diet, you give your body the nutrients and vitamins it needs to keep you healthy in the cooler months.

Drink Plenty of Fluids: This one is simple and effective. I’m sure all of us have noticed how dry our bodies get in the winter. I tend to get eczema in small patches all over my body (not pleasant). To help fight this, you need to keep your fluid intake up. Although water may taste bland–especially when your are trying to warm up- your body, and immune system need to H20 to keep the balance.  Add some lemon to hot water or slip in a mint leaf for added flavour.

Drink Alcohol in Moderation: Don’t get me wrong, I love a glass of red wine or two, but in the winter months it doesn’t always agree with me. Studies have shown that excessive alcohol consumption effects the lining of the mouth and esophagus, allowing viruses and bacteria to enter the body more easily. Women should try and stick to a max of one drink per day, men should stop at 2. I’d two on a Saturday night is fine for the ladies…we deserve to let loose now and again, no?

What are your best flu-fighting strategies?

Much Love,

Jo