1. Lemon juice is an ideal food for restoring stomach health. This is primary to your overall health. You can drink freshly squeezed lemon juice in water, or add it to tea, salad dressings, and even by soaking your feet in a warm pan of water with cut lemons added. This supports healthy bacteria instead of the viruses and harmful bacteria which thrive in more acidic environments.
2. Herbs: supplements, tinctures, oils and liquid concentrations. The later are the most powerful and can be obtained in pharmaceutical grade. That means their active ingredients are kept at a particular standard and are reliable for potency. Oils are typically applied on the skin, however there are oils that are made for internal use.
3. Get a full night’s sleep. Your body needs from 6 to 10 hours of sleep each night. Sleep has been linked to balanced hormone levels (including human growth hormone and the stress hormone, cortisol), thyroid health (immune system monitor), weight maintenance, clarity in thinking and reasoning, mood, and skin health. Early to bed, early to rise, makes us healthy, wealthy and shine brilliantly.
4. Eat quality protein. Protein is a building block for a healthy body, mind, and immune system. Diets low in protein tend to be high in carbohydrates which convert to glucose causing a spike in blood sugar then stress the pancreas and immune system.
5. Drink water. This is almost, but not quite, a given; most headaches occur because despite the number of reminders, people still aren’t getting enough water! Winter heating can quickly dehydrate the skin and body. Often headaches a sign of dehydration. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water. (weight in pounds, divided by 2 = number of ounces of water per day.)
6. Coffee can stress your immune system. Caffeine robs your body of minerals and vitamins, and dehydrates you. If you drink coffee, make sure you add an additional two glasses to your water intake per cup of coffee. Taking a mineral supplement can help to offset the damage.
7. Eliminate white sugar and use whole food forms of sweetener. This one thing can boost your immune system exponentially. You will see noticeable results in your energy levels, weight distribution, immunity and your ability to think clearly when you break the cravings and stop eating refined sugar. Many natural health care professionals consider sugar a drug for its impact on the human body. It can be as damaging as smoking to all the body systems. Try unprocessed forms of cane sugar, honey, agave or stevia. It may take time for you to readjust your taste buds, however it is recommended to AVOID artificial sweeteners as they are more toxic than cane sugar, affecting brain and nervous system health.
8. Eat your veggies and fruits for the vital antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, fibrer and enzymes are unparalleled. Many vitamins, such as vitamin C, will protect cells from damage by toxins in the environment. Dark-colored produce such as blueberries, kale, broccoli, collards, etc tend to be higher in bioflavonoids and antioxidants. Seaweed is another.
9. Fresh Air! Try spending more time outside. Exercise releases endorphins, otherwise known as “the happy hormone”. A little fresh air helps to oxygenate the body after inhaling filtered air and even possibly germs. Be sure to wear a jacket and keep the chest and throat area covered.
10. Love your body and nurture yourself by taking time for you. Spend some time with friends, have a massage, relax in a hot bath, or walk 30 minutes a day. Pay attention to warning signs of fatigue, grumpiness, sore throat or “the blues”. Take a “mental health day” every few months.
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