I travel so often for work and sometimes the weather changes can really put my immune system in a vulnerable spot. I want to share with you some of the ways I am able to kick theses nasty bugs before they get to me. There are a few really important things I have changed about my daily routine in order to stay on track even when my body does want to shut down. The key to staying healthy and treating your immune system with royalty is listening to your body!
Make it a point to get more sleep each night. For the longest time I just kept running on 5-6 hours of sleep a night, but now I force myself to get more! I notice how much more productive my days are when I get a solid 7-8 hours each night. Many people would say they don’t have time for that—but I am convinced that EVERYONE DOES! Check your schedule to see if there is something taking up your time that you could cut back on (i.e. watching your favorite TV shows, scrolling through social media feeds, chatting on the phone with a friend, etc). I am talking about the stuff that doesn’t necessarily HAVE to happen everyday. Dedicate more time to getting into bed an hour early each night. Your days will be much more efficient and your body – both physically and mentally will be able to take on more tasks each day.
As someone who is absolutely guilty of overtraining —I learned that it is mandatory to give your body a rest. I was working out up to 7 days a week at points and I found that I was truly wearing my body out. As great as it felt to workout, I felt like my workouts were slowly becoming less productive and I didn’t go to the gym with a game plan, but instead just a pat on the back for going 7 days a week. When I finally gave my body a solid 1-2 days off each week, I really started seeing the best results. Moral of the story—listen to your body! If you feel like you need a day off, take the day off. Of course don’t take advantage of that because there has to be some push and motivation day to day. Try not to go overboard though, because eventually your immune system will be shot and you will be sitting in bed with possibly a fever, or worse.
Keep hydrated throughout the day! If you are one of those people who loves your morning cup of coffee, and afternoon and night…….cut back a little bit! Replace that coffee with water one day, or at least for a lunchtime and dinnertime drink. Keep drinking water throughout the day and make it a goal. Many people do not drink enough water, causing fatigue, dehydration, and worse at times. It’s one of the easiest tasks to do! Just grab a liter water bottle at the store so you only have to fill it a few times per day. You will feel refreshed all day long, and your body will love you for it!
MOST IMPORTANTLY—-DAILY DOSAGE OF VITAMINS!
My two best friends over the last few months have been chlorella and spirulina! I consistently add powder to my smoothies daily. As someone who was very opposed to taking supplements and vitamins, I know how hard it can be to convert. I think my main problem was just that I had taken them before and wasn’t noticing anything. However, I didn’t at all stay consistent on what and when I was taking them. I would sometimes take a multi-vitamin, sometimes take vitamin-c, so on and so forth. Now having been using these products and specifically the two mentioned above for the last few months, I have been feeling great! Even at times when I thought my body was for sure going to catch a bug, or go into exhaustion mode, it didn’t! I was so shocked at the positive effects it had on my body. Going back and forth between hot and cold weather has always bothered my immune system in the past. I have traveled from 5 degree weather in New York, back to 75 degree weather in L.A., to the very next day in L.A. being a downpour and 40 degrees. If that ever were to happen in the past, I would have already caught the flu or strep throat by day two of strange weather. Now, I know I will be able to fight anything with little immune boosters so long as I’m consistent.
A few other natural remedies to add into smoothies are ginger, turmeric, and lemons. I start each day with warm lemon water. I add ginger and turmeric to smoothies for immunity boosts frequently. There are so many things that can contribute to staying healthy during flu season. These are just a few that I swear by! I will share a smoothie recipe later so you can try yourself.