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Staying Well

It seems at this time of year it is impossible to stay well. With shorter days and cooler weather, we start spending more time inside. Dry, recycled air and less sunlight make us more susceptible to respiratory, digestive, and mental illnesses, including the flu, colds, depression, pneumonia, and more. Nonstop holidays and end of the year deadlines pertaining to work and personal finances add extra stresses. So how do you keep with coming down with everything your less healthy family, friends, and coworkers come down with or getting depressed?

  • Put yourself first– No matter how much we all want to (myself included), we cannot make everyone happy all the time. If someone asks you to do something and you don’t think they appreciate or reciprocate it, then politely decline. Keep workouts and self-care at the center of your schedule every day and eat clean 75% of the time. Pleasing everyone only hurts you.

  • Plan- Putting off a task or forgetting until the last minute or will only lead to a stress suppressed immune system. I personally use Wunderlist for Android to manage my immediate and long-term to dos.

  • Be in control- This is an extension of “Put yourself first” that deserves its own bullet. Even if you do not have time to do your whole routine, keep the beginning and end of your day as close to normal as possible. When I was recently away from home for 2 weeks I made sure I took my organic lemon juice, raw apple cider vinegar, raw honey, organic spices (ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric), organic coffee, and organic coconut oil so I could have my detox water and bulletproof coffee (minus the butter) every morning. Making sure I keep this habit every morning ensures I undo any damage I’ve done the day before by eating out or not getting enough exercise.

  • Don’t oversanitize- Our bodies need some exposure to bacteria and other germs to help build our immune systems. And not all bacteria is bad. In order to digest food properly we must have an ample supply of good bacteria in our guts. We can get these through cultured dairy products and fermented vegetables.

  • Say “NO” to antibiotics- Popping antibiotics at every scratchy throat or stuffy nose and eating animal products from animals treated with anitbiotics makes our bodies immune to them when our bodies really need them.

By following these tips you will find yourself enjoying the holidays more, being more productive, and staying healthy. Until next time, Get Healthy!

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