January 27, 2010

Squash that Nasty Little Bug!

As winter is well on its way you start to hear more and more people say “There is a nasty bug going around.” While it is true that you can catch a cold or flu from someone else… why doesn’t everyone in contact with that person get sick? The people who avoid the "bug" have a stronger immune system and typically take proactive steps for staying healthy during the winter months.

Here are some quick tips to avoid catching that nasty bug going around:
  • Get Vitamin D3 from the sun or a supplement  – have you wondered why warmer countries don’t seem to have a cold and flu season? It is because of the extra sunshine they get in the winter, aka Vitamin D. For those of us who don’t get sunshine daily, it is important to supplement with Vitamin D3.
  • Move, lift weights, run, walk, dance – do whatever you want, just MOVE!
  • Think positive, eliminate negative thoughts.
  • Cut back on or eliminate sugar and grains including pasta, bread and cereal. Be sure to stay away from high fructose corn syrup.
  • Eat more green vegetables.
Our bodies are built for health and they are only sick when there is a stressor on our bodies -- physical, chemical or mental. Ideally, you shouldn’t get sick if you take the stress off your body.

If you get sick often and can’t seem to kick a cold or flu, it is important to reevaluate the stressors in your life. It could be the foods you are eating, the thoughts you are thinking, the exercise that you are (or are not) doing. All of these factors play a role in whether you get sick or not.

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