How to keep a cold at bay
How to keep a cold at bay.
I feel a cold coming on, and I don’t get sick often. You could call it luck or you could call it good health management, either way I’m gonna share what I do when I feel something coming on.
*I’m not making any of this up, this is what I do and it works. Some are extreme, some are simple.
1. Up your vegetable intake and taste the rainbow- skittles? No. Veggies! Orange, green, red, yellow, purple, all of these different colors offer a different assortment of anti-oxidants, minerals, and key nutrients that can help boost your immune system and flush out toxins in the body. If you have a nutribullet or vitamix, I would advise taking kale, spinach, blueberries, and some carrots, and mix that puppy up. I once gave a friend one of my “magic shakes” and after taking two sips he said it was like a fog had been lifted from his eyes.
2. Check your gut- a large majority of your immune system is built in your gut, so make sure you’re taking in adequate fiber, and a good probiotic.
3. LOTS OF GREEN TEA- what do I mean by a lot? 4-5 cups a day should do it. Green tea is loaded with catechins (polyphenol/anti-oxidants) and will help detoxify your body from any bad stuff lurking around in there.
4. Up your zinc/vitamin C- these powerhouses will ramp up your immune system, and an added benefit is they help you manage stress. Stress takes a toll on your immune system! Ever wonder why you all of a sudden get sick out of nowhere? it could be stress taking a toll on the body. Shoot for 5-10 grams of vitamin C, and 50-60 mg of zinc. And yes, I said 5-10 grams of Vit C.
5. Get your island living on with Coconut Oil- the most popular blog I’ve ever written is on coconut oil, and with good reason because it’s a super food. Not only is GREAT for your immune system, it’s great for you gut, and removing pathogens from your body. It’s also highly anti-bacterial. And it’s delicious. What could be bad?
6. Up your sleep- maybe I don’t mean sleep more hours than your normal routine, but if you haven’t been sleeping well, it’s time to kick it up. This is without a doubt the easiest and simplest ways to keep a cold at bay. Your body repairs itself when you sleep, so how else can it get over a cold if you don’t give it the opportunity to do so? Check out this post for tips on sleeping sleeping tips
7. Drink lots of water– mother was right! Add a little celtic or himalayan sea salt, plus some lemon or lime juice, you’ll be adding back the missing trace minerals into the water, plus some extra vitamin c from the citrus, you’ll be on your way to getting better immediately.
The Ultimate No-Cold Cocktail
Green tea, coconut oil, pinch of sea salt, lemon juice, and add boiling water.
Have one or two of these a day and I guarantee you’ll be on the right path.