Since it’s currently cold and flu season, and at this moment I’m employing all of my strategies to prevent a sore throat from becoming a full blown cold, I figured I’d share the wealth and let you in on how I almost always avoid getting sick—or at the very least, help reduce the amount of time I’m sick for! It’s not scientific, but I can say that when I’ve done these things, I either avoid illness altogether, or recover faster than my husband if he’s sick at the same time as me. Hope these tips help you stay healthy this season :)
Green Juices and Smoothies
Basically liquid vitamins, green juices and smoothies are my number one sick-fighting tool. The fresher the better, as it’ll have more nutrients. I recommend going to any local spot that makes them to order, but even something like the cold pressed green juice from Trader Joe’s will still help boost your immune power. Want to make it yourself? Try this juice or this smoothie.
So. Much. Vegetable. Soup.
Just like the green juice, this is another way to pack in extra vitamins and nutrients to help you boost your immune system. When I feel sickness coming on, I basically swap out all of my normal meals and snacks for vegetable soup of some kind (ideally organic). My favorites? Lentil vegetable soup, miso vegetable soup and pureed vegetable soups. There are three routes you can go for this…
1) If you can find some good vegetable soups already made at a local health food store (like Whole Foods, or if you’re in San Diego, Jimbo’s is a great spot) that’s ideal since it’s fresh and also already prepared for you. After all, who wants to cook when they’re feeling like they’re getting sick?
3) Another option? Organic canned or boxed soups from Trader Joe’s or a regular grocery store. If you’re going this route, definitely go organic to maximize your nutrients.
Fluids are SO important when you’re fighting a cold, but water isn’t always super appealing so I like to sip herbal tea throughout the day to keep my hydrated. The warmth soothes a sore throat and the chamomile keeps me feeling relaxed, reminding me that I need to be resting as much as possible. My favorites are Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus Tea or Numi Organic Chamomile Lemon Tea. For an added dose of soothing power on a sore throat, mix in some honey.
Rest, Rest, Rest
This is a given. If you don’t have kids, take a sick day or work from home when you feel your cold coming on—it might save you from getting sick and thus reduce the number of days you actually miss work! Being a stay at home work at home mom means I don’t have any sick days to cash in on, but I do have some control over how the day goes. Lucky for me, I still have a small baby who doesn’t move around much, making it easy to just be a bit more mellow during the day. To whatever degree you have control over your day, opt for rest whenever possible and just lay low until it passes.
What do you do to avoid getting sick (or reduce how long you’re sick for)?