IF YOU THOUGHT you were in the clear regarding this year's flu season, guess again. According to Scientific American, the peak is coming later this year in comparison to others. Their new model suggests that we'll see an increase in cases during the month of January and a peak of the flu in February. If you live in these cities you can expect to be hit the hardest.
So what can you do to keep colds and the flu at bay? Scientists and doctors recommend getting a flu shot, but here are some natural ways to keep you feeling 100% throughout the rest of winter.
GET PLENTY OF (NATURAL) VITAMIN C
Vitamin C is a tried and true cold & flu fighter, but did you know that your body better absorbs it when you consume it in natural forms (aka foods, smoothies, juices). Our Ginger Citrus Booster Shot, which features fresh blended lemon, orange and ginger, is a great natural way to pump up your Vitamin C.
EAT AN IMMUNE-BOOSTING FOOD EVERY DAY
There are certain foods that strengthen your immune system as well as help relieve cold symptoms--And it's not just oranges. Incorporating these 5 foods into your daily meals will help defend your body better than Cookie Lyon fighting for her Empire.
UP YOUR SUNSHINE INTAKE
It's not just your tan that's affected by lack of sun during winter months. The sun provides your body with Vitamin D3 when your skin is exposed to it, which is crucial for a healthy immune system. Brave the cold each day for at least 15 minutes by going for a brisk walk. Think of it as a sweet little mid-day break at the office to stretch your legs. Plus, the chilly temps will revitalize you.
GET QUALITY SLEEP (EMPHASIS ON THE QUALITY)
Getting your eight hours each night means nothing if it's not quality. Good sleep that allows you to go through the full sleep cycles cuts your risk of succumbing to colds and the flu. In order to increase the quality of your zzzz's, limit alcohol consumption, turn off all electronics about one hour before bedtime (that includes your phone!) and keep your bedroom at a cool 68 degrees, which is the optimal temperature for the body to get a good night's sleep. And if all that doesn't work, give Kava a try. It's known to naturally relieve stress & anxiety and improve sleep.
Focus your workout on high-intensity exercise during these next two months. In addition to increasing your aerobic capacity, it'll increase your body's ability to decimate flu and cold cells. This doesn't mean you should run yourself ragged if you're feeling crummy, but if your in good health, shoot for about two and a half hours a week.