Surviving Flu Season

We are in the midst of cold and flu season. This season 20% of American will encounter the flu or any number of cold bugs flying around. Unfortunately, the odds are not in your favor. The good news is with a few preventive measures you can increase your chances of making it through the season uneventfully.

Know the Facts

Cold weather and wet environments do not make one sick.  Virus's (and Bacteria) make you sick.  Typically, when it is cold, or rainy, people gather in small spaces and spread germs more readily.  But it's not the weather that makes you sick.

Get a Flu Shot

A flu shot can reduce your chances by 70-90%. Some fear if they get the shot they will get sick. This is not necessarily the case. You may feel a bit achy of a day or two if your system reacts poorly to the proteins in the vaccine.  Feeling a tad under the weather for a day or so, is a whole lot better than being down for ten to 14 days with a fever, chills, and aches.

Keep the Bug at a distance

Living in a bubble is not a realistic way to avoid those people in the community that may expose you to a bug. You can’t tell if a sneeze is from a cold, allergies or a simple tickle. So, if you must venture out keep your distance from people, it’s best to stand at arm’s length from people in the grocery or drug store line.  In the office, wipe down your desk, phone, and computer keyboard often. Wash your hands frequently, and keep them away from your eyes, nose and mouth.  Touching your face with your hands is the quickest way to spread germs unknowingly.

Eat Healthy Foods

Eating healthy, immune boosting foods throughout the year is the best way to keep the nasty bugs at bay. Foods such as yogurt, garlic, bone broth, and chicken soup all help you to stay healthy and will also reduce the length of an illness should you get sick.  A daily Shakeology shake can give you all the dense and immunity boosting nutrition you need too in it's adaptogens and phytonutrients that ward off virus's and bugs.

Listen to your body

If you do get sick, listen to your body.  You may have to skip your workout routine, get extra rest and drink more water than your usual daily amount. When you take the time to sleep a few extra hours, your body takes that time to repair and fight off any bugs you encounter.  The extra fluids will help flush the mucus from your sinuses and chest.

If you do run into a bug or two, maintaining a healthy life style will make rebounding from it easier.