We are nearing the end of December, which means most people have already battled (and most likely lost to) their first cold or flu. While we are officially in cold and flu season, that does NOT mean you MUST get sick. There are some solid strategies you can use to keep you and your family healthy this winter.
Wash Your Hands and Often!
The way you typically catch a cold or flu is by getting the virus on your hand, and then touching your face with your infected hand. And getting your hand dirty in the first place is entirely too easy because the germs and viruses that make us sick are lurking EVERYWHERE. They are on phone handles, doorknobs, elevator buttons, stair railings, staplers, you name it. They are also on other people’s hands.
Your number one preventative during this season is to wash your hands and often. Be sure to use plenty of soap and really scrub.
Try Not to Touch Your Face
Because you can’t wash your hands 24/7, it’s still a good idea to be mindful and refrain from touching your face. This includes rubbing your eyes and nose, and biting your nails, because those germs love living under the nail bed.
Get Plenty of Rest
Your immune system needs plenty of sleep to fight on your behalf. When you’re tired, your body is vulnerable and susceptible to getting sick. So be sure to get 8 hours of sleep each night to keep your immune system nice and strong.
When it’s cold outside, it’s easy to want to eat comfort foods that are high in calories but low in any beneficial nutrients. To stay in tip top shape, you’ve got to make sure you eat whole foods that offer the vitamins and minerals your body needs for optimal health. Stay away from prepackaged processed garbage and reach for meats, dairy and some organic produce.
Another important way to enhance your immune function is to work out regularly. You don’t have to go hard every single day. In fact, your body needs time to rest and repair after your workouts. Aim to exercise 30-60 minutes 3 to 4 times per week.
Avoid Public Spaces
You most likely can’t avoid going to work or grocery shopping, but do you HAVE to go to the mall or can you buy what you need online. For the next few months you can keep yourself healthy by avoiding crowded spaces where those germs are lurking.
Stay Away from Sick People
This one may seem obvious, but how many people still hang out with friends and family when they are sick? This is why so many of us have lingering colds that never go away. It’s not really the same cold, it’s new infections over and over again. Your friends and family will understand you not wanting to get yourself or your family sick.
Take Extra Vitamin C
It really does cure what ails you. You may want to take 4,000 mg during cold and flu season. And no, that’s not too much. The dosage of most supplements is the very minimal to keep you from getting scurvy. Mega doses have been scientifically shown to boost the immune system and reduce the time it takes to recover from a cold or flu.
Take Golden Royal Honey
Another nutrient to take is Royal Jelly. Royal jelly is what the Queen Bee eats. She is the ONLY bee allowed to eat this substance secreted from the glands in the hypopharynx of nurse bees.
While all the other bees are dying off, the Queen Bee’s chowing down on a nutritional powerhouse that contains B-complex vitamins, including pantothenic acid and pyridoxine, amino acids, beneficial fatty acids, including hydroxyl acids, which are essential to a healthy immune system, minerals, enzymes, antibacterial and antibiotic components, trace amounts of vitamin C, and a powerful protein called royalactin, hence the name Royal Jelly.
Numerous studies, including several published by the National Institutes of Health, found that Royal Jelly is especially beneficial to the immune system.
Our Golden Royal Honey is loaded with Royal Jelly and a delicious way to stay healthy this winter. Just drizzle some into your tea or put it on your toast. Heck, suck it right out of the package, it’s that good.
Keep your immune system in tip top shape and stay healthy this winter with Golden Royal Honey.