Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tuesday Tips: Avoid Getting Sick

It's definitely cold season, at least at my office. Since its that time of year, I thought I'd share some tips on how to boost your immune system so you can fight off that pesky cold.

To avoid getting sick, or to get better faster:

  1. Wash your hands frequently. And don't touch your face if you haven't washed your hands. 
  2. It's okay to be a bit of a germaphobe. Avoid touching surfaces that everyone is getting their germy hands on.
  3. Drink lots of fluids. As in: water and tea. Not as in: coffee, soda, juices or alcohol. Coffee suppresses your immune system and the rest are filled with sugar or break down into sugar.
  4. Get lots of rest. Sleep does wonders for your immune system.
  5. Take probiotics and vitamins. (especially vitamin C for your immune system, and a B-complex for energy) Be careful about the brand that you use, as there are lots of cheap versions that are poorly made. I personally only buy Shaklee.
  6. Avoid sugar. A UCLA study proved that just 1 tsp of refined sugar lowers your immune system for 4-6 hours. Eliminate sugar from your diet and you will be more resistant to picking up everything that’s going around.
  7. Get in 20 - 30 minutes of sun a day. Sunlight provides essential vitamin D.

Here's to hoping that everyone has a healthy & happy week! xo.

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