Trying to get a good night’s rest but not being able to get to sleep has got to rank up there with some of life’s most frustrating problems. It can drain your energy to the point where it seems like you are not able to get anything done. Yet, sometimes there seems to be no solution to the problem, and its cause is even a mystery.
13 Ways to Avoid Getting Colds and Flu This Season
- Watch your consumption of dairy products and cheese. These foods can cause sinus stuffiness. This “clogged” feeling is actually due to a lack of sinus circulation, which can make your sinuses more likely to catch and hold on to any virus that is hanging around.
- Increase your trace minerals. Zinc and selenium are especially good for protecting against viruses. A good way to get more trace minerals is to use natural sea salt or a high mineral salt in place of regular table salt.
- Try to eliminate the immune-damaging chemicals in your home and at work. These include laundry products, personal care products and fragrances.
- Pungent spices have anti-viral properties. Eat more foods with these spices. At the top of the list is curry. It contains tumeric, which is helpful for many conditions. Also good are ginger, cilantro, rosemary, thyme, cloves, and nutmeg.
- Use a high-quality air filter that will remove the bacteria and mold that may be in your home.
- Get frequent, moderate exercise that gets the lymph moving. Some good options for exercises include using a rebounder (mini-trampoline), jumping rope, doing arm rotations, or hopping in place. Moderate exercise is the key. Overdoing it at the gym can actually compromise your immune system temporarily.
- Take supplements that protect your respiratory tract and boost your immune system. There are many of these products on the market. Standard Process has produced several that we recommend. Some of these are Immuplex, Congaplex, Calcium Lactate, Cataplex F, PulmaCo, Echinacea, Allerplex, and Garlic. A good Vitamin D supplement is also helpful. “The risk of children suffering from flu can be reduced by 50% if they take vitamin D, doctors in Japan have found. The finding has implications for flu epidemics since vitamin D, which is naturally produced by the human body when exposed to direct sunlight, has no significant side effects, costs little and can be several times more effective than anti-viral drugs or vaccines according to research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”—Marco Torres from the WHN Forum.
- This one seems pretty obvious—Wash your hands more frequently.
- Get plenty of sleep. When your body is rested, it is better able to fight off any attacks.
- Wherever possible, reduce your stress levels. Stress compromises your immune system. Even if you are eating a good diet, if your body is overburdened with stress, the stress “uses up” the nutrients that you have eaten, making you nutritionally depleted, despite good food intake.
- Do more juicing of fresh vegetables and fruits. Begin your day with a tall glass!
- Laugh more. Laughter boosts the immune system.
- Encourage your family members and other around you to follow these tips as well to keep the space around you more virus-free.
Trying to eat well without breaking the budget can be difficult these days. For the health-conscious shopper at the grocery store, the four most costly items tend to be meat, organically-grown foods, pre-cut produce, and pre-prepared foods. Of course, limiting some of these foods may help the budget, but there are a few more things you can do and still feed yourself and your family well.
1. Buy the store brands. They tend to be less expensive than the national brand names.
2. Look for the produce that is in season and plan your menu around those items.
3. Some foods tend to absorb a higher amount of pesticides than others, so spending money on organically-grown foods on those is a wise buy, but for other produce the organic version may not be as necessary. Check out http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php for a list of the produce that is highest/lowest in pesticide residue.
4. Only plan meals for 4-5 nights per week. Clean the leftovers out of the refrigerator for the next couple days’ meals. Not only do you have a cleaner fridge, but you also benefit from eating that food rather than throwing it (and your grocery dollars) in the garbage.
5. Rather than having meat as your main dish every day, plan on using it as a side dish some days. Or eat some meatless meals. If going meatless is new to you, the internet has many great sites for some fresh ideas to help you get started.
6. Buy in bulk when foods are offered in bulk.
7. Note the amount you are spending on beverages. Exchange some fancy drinks for a healthful glass of water!
8. Compare prices per unit. A larger package is often less per unit than a smaller one.
9. Watch for sales at your local grocery store and stock up when prices are lower.
10. Make your own food. It is almost always less costly to make it yourself than to buy it pre-packaged. Make it a family affair—get some good family time in while you are preparing those dishes together and enjoy the process!
Give these ideas a try for one month and see how much it helps. Let us know how you do!