Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Cold Season Has Arrived: Fighting The Ultimate Battle

These season changes, along with allergies, make so many people feel drained and sick this time of year. Colds and the flu start going around and turning the heat on doesn't help since all of the germs just circulate. People are sneezing and coughing all over everything. It's gross.

I definitely had one of those days yesterday where I really just could not bring myself to do anything.. so I took a nap for an hour and a half. And it did nothing for me. I woke up and just wanted to go back to sleep. Sometimes you just need a day to yourself to do nothing though. I definitely should have been working on school stuff, but whatever, it didn't really happen.

We've all had these Andy Sachs moments and know we can't afford to be sick. Here are some tips to staying healthy and feeling better if you do end up a little under the weather. Being on a crazy tight, busy schedule doesn't allow for time to be sick. Especially with the holidays rolling around!

Some Supplemental Assistance
If you're traveling this is a must. Also, if you're around sick people it's probably a good idea to take this magical stuff: Airborne. There's the Airborne on-the-go packets which are perfect for people that will be flying. We all know that planes are just a breeding ground for germs. In January I studied abroad in London for a few weeks and my roommate and I took the Airborne chewable tablets because people were getting sick left and right, and we didn't get sick! They don't taste too bad either.

Grapefruit Seed Extract & Maitake D-Fraction
The beautiful Topaz Page-Green, founder of the Lunchbox Fund, told Into the Gloss that she never, ever gets sick. Why, you ask? She says that it's because of the Nutribiotic GSE Grapefruit Seed Extract she takes. It's a gel that's packed with vitamin C so it great to help fight all of these germs, but apparently it doesn't taste too great. There's also Mushroom Wisdom's Maitake D-Fraction that Topaz takes when she really doesn't want to get sick and it supposedly kicks your white blood cells into high gear.

Get Your Flu Shot
I'm not sure if this really goes under this category, but I'm putting it here anyway. Simply get your flu shot. It takes 5 seconds and so many studies have proven that, yes, while there is a chance it may make you sick, it probably will not. Is it going to guarantee you won't get the flu? No. But it will give you a better chance of not getting it. And seriously, who wants the flu?

Teas and Other Drinks
Calendula Tea
Celebration Herbals makes a calendula tea which is very effective soothing sore throats and clearing out your sinuses. It's caffeine free, so you can have some at night!

Hot Water and Lemon
A natural way to soothe a sore throat and help get your voice back is by just drinking hot water with lemon in it. Major plus: it's packed with vitamin C.

Cold Warrior & Lemon Lozenge
If you're lucky enough to live by a Juice Generation you can stop in and get a "Cold Warrior." This drink has green tea, orange juice, ginger, and drops of echinacea, vitamin C, and zinc with some agave. You'll be feeling better in no time! A "Lemon Lozenge" may help your sore throat with lemon, apple, ginger, cayenne pepper, and raw agave.

Haute Toddy
If you're staying in for the evening, Marie Claire's recipe for a Haute Toddy might be the perfect fix for you. Make a cup of black tea and allow it to steep. Take 1 shot of brandy, whiskey, rum, or cognac and mix it with 1 tablespoon of honey, and one lemon wedges. Combine the tea with the other mixture and add an additional lemon wedge. Cheers!

Natural Calm Orange
Natural Vitality's Natural Calm Orange is packed with magnesium. The benefits of this: it's good for anti-stress, balances your calcium intake, brings your levels of magnesium to healthy ones, and helps prevent muscle cramping. This is great for before bedtime (especially with that de-stressing element).

Green Juices
Juice Press has tons of green juices that you can pick up. They all have different benefits, so figure out what's right for you and drink up.

Eat the Right Foods
Get Your Vitamin C
Many people think that oranges are the best source of vitamin C. False. There are so many foods that you can be eating to get your daily dosages of this vitamin that have so much more than oranges! Here's a breakdown of the serving size, how many milligrams of vitamin c each serving has, and the daily value of the top 6 foods to incorporate into your diet to help fight those colds:
1 papaya has 187.87 mg which is 313.12% of your dv
1 cup of bell peppers has 117.48 mg and that's 195.8% of you dv
1 cup of strawberries has 84.67 mg which is 141.12% of your dv
1 cup of raw broccoli has 81.17 mg which translates to 135.28% of your dv
1 cup of pineapple has 78.87 mg and that is 131.45% of your dv
1 cup of raw brussels sprouts has 74.8 mg so that's 124.67% of your dv
side note: 1 orange has 69.69 mg and that translates to 116.15 % of your dv.. it's still worth it to eat them.

Load Up On Antioxidants
The top five of the following foods have insane amounts of antioxidants, so eat these, too!
1/2 cup small red beans (dried) have 13,727 antioxidant capacity
1 cup of wild blueberries has 13,427 antioxidant capacity
1/2 cup of red kidney beans (dried) has 13,259 antioxidant capacity
1/2 cup of pinto beans has 11,864 antioxidant capacity
1 cup of whole cranberries has 8,983 antioxidant capacity

Some Everyday Practices
Take a Bath
To detox you can take a bath with epsom salts, which can be found in many drug stores and beauty supply stores, such as Ulta, and they're cheap. Another thing to add into your tub, like Liv Tyler, is a whole bottle of hydrogen peroxide to sweat all of the gross things out of you.

Sometimes a certain scent can be a pick-me-up. This is just a psychological thing, so if you have one of these, like a candle or a perfume reminds you of happy times, you can use this while you're home to just relax. Combine the candle with the epsom salt bath and you're set!

Don't Stress
Stress doesn't help your immune system at all, so take a break (like I did yesterday. See! It was totally worth not doing school work..) Do some yoga or meditation and just take you time. Yoga actually can send messages to your organs to keep them working as best they can. As mentioned before, the Natural Calm drink can help you out with this, too.

Follow some of these and you'll be good this winter! No one wants to be sick, and the reality of it is that most people simply don't have time for it.


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