Let’s face it, this years “flu” has been like nothing we have experienced. The weather has been warmer than ever and germs are spreading like a cat in heat. Now, with the Coronavirus, I figured it was an appropriate time to talk good hygiene habits. Here are a few easy but, effective ways to avoid getting sick!
Wash Your Hands
WASH YOUR HANDS ALL DAY, EVERYDAY!!!! Yes, this one totally deserved all CAPS! If there is one thing I learned from working clinic rotations in acupuncture school, it is the importance of properly washing your hands. Everyone seems to rush this task and I cringe every time I see a rushed hand wash. Do yourself a favor, invest in good hand soap and lather up with warm water multiple times a day. Wash whenever you touch objects many others likely have touched. Lather up whenever you shake someone’s hand. If you have been out and about, make sure you wash up frequently. If you go to the bathroom, for love of all that is holy, wash your hands please!
Allow yourself to lather up your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds. It is more than just the activity of washing. You are killing germs, so give adequate time for the warm water (warm H2O activates the soap) and soap to do its job. A rushed wash doesn’t really do the job. So take 20 seconds, warm the water, lather up, and scrub scrub scrub. Germs be gone!
Don’t Touch Your Face
OK, so you are washing your hands and keeping them clean. What’s equally important is to not touch your face! Seriously, keep your hands away from your mouth, nose, eyes and even your hair. Germs love all of those warm cavities and would love to make a little home there. Avoiding touching your face is a really good way to avoid getting sick! If you have a little itch, or need to touch your face for some reason, just make sure you wash your hands before and after. Might seem a little cray-cray but your immune system will thank me later!
H2O is essential for our survival. When we get dehydrated our bodies stop performing at optimal levels. Organs are unable to function properly and we begin to feel fatigue. Taking this into consideration, during flu seasons it is extra important to stay hydrated. Your immune system needs it! As water naturally eliminates toxins in your body and helps to push out bacterias that may lead to illness. So drink up people!
Foods + Teas + Vitamins
You are what you eat right? Well, during this time of year think immune boosting foods! Citrus, garlic, turmeric, onions, peppers, spinach, ginger, and yogurt are all foods you should eat regularly. If you start feeling a little run down just add in more! They are all packed with vitamins and many of these foods are anti-inflammatory as well.
An easy way to keep your body healthy is to start your morning with warm water and lemon. The lemon gives you a quick dose of vitamin C and the warm water acts as a bath for your organs. It is a great way to wake up your body and an excellent way to prep your organs for their daily activities. Additionally, adding in a glass of green tea or cistus tea to your daily routine will keep antioxidants flowing throughout your body!
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Whenever I feel like I am starting to get run down ACV is my favorite go to drink. I simply add a tablespoon or two into my water in the AM and then again in the PM before I go to bed. It is a super easy and practical way to keep my gut health and PH levels in check. Drinking this fermented beverage daily is an easy way to get Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and antioxidants into your body. You only need a little too. If the acidic taste is too much for you, just start with a little bit in your water. No need to shoot it like a shot, you are impressing no one!
Also, fun fact, ACV has shown to loosen phlegm. So, if you do find yourself struggle with some congestion, add in a little ACV and see how you feel. Poof cold be gone!
Essential Oils are made from plants and trees, some if they are coming from Mother Earth they must be pretty powerful huh? Sure, I use clorox, lysol, Purell and all that jazz. However, if you are wanting to have an alternative anti-viral / anti-bacterial oil to use on your skin then perhaps try adding my favorite Snow Lotus Vir-Away into your daily routine. I add a little behind my ear and around into the gland area of my neck. You can put a little on your skin, diffuse it into the air, or dilute the oil into a spray and use it on your surfaces as well. Other amazing Essential Oil options that are anti-viral and anti-bacterial are Thieves (a blend), clove, thyme, and rosemary. See what your nose picks out and give them a try!
Stay Home Yo!
Last, but certainly not least. If you are sick, stay the f*ck home! No one wants your germs and no one else wants to get sick. I know you were saving those sick days for a trip to the Bahamas, but seriously coming into the office when you are clearly ill just isn’t cool. So be a friend, stay home, rest up, hydrate, eat yummy vitamin rich foods, and dose yourself in Vir-Away! Your friends, family, and colleague’s immune systems thank you!