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5 Tips to Feel Your Best This Cold and Flu Season

by Dr. David Minkoff November 25, 2016 3 min read 0 Comments

5 Tips to Feel Your Best This Cold and Flu Season

As temperatures begin to cool, cold and flu misery—including sniffles, sneezing and coughs— begins to spread quickly in schools, offices and in homes. While completely avoiding germs and cold and flu viruses is impossible, taking extra care to nourish and strengthen your body’s internal systems to help defend itself during the cold and flu season will help improve your immune health.*

There are several natural solutions you can utilize to help promote a stronger immune system and keep your body feeling its best this cold and flu season. What follows are five of our top tips!

 

1. Prioritize Sleep

It is no secret that you don’t feel your best after insufficient sleep. And, in fact, studies have found that people who only get seven or fewer hours of sleep per night, on average, are three times more likely to develop cold symptoms when exposed to viruses. Do your best to get at least eight hours of sleep each night to maintain proper defenses against colds and flu.

2. Avoid Touching Your Face

Routinely touching your face with your hands, specifically touching your eyes, nose or mouth, greatly increases your chances of catching a cold or flu bug. This direct contact with your hands is an invitation for viruses to enter the body, as they are easily transferred to the hands on commonly touched items, including door handles, shopping carts, keyboards and more. To prevent this, take extra care during the cold and flu season to wash hands thoroughly and often, and avoid touching your face.

3. Reduce Sugar Intake

While many people like to indulge in more sweets over the holiday season—whether sugar plums or not!—this could make you more susceptible to cold and flu symptoms. Sugar suppresses the immune system, reducing your white blood cells’ ability to defend against bacteria and viruses. To be your strongest over the cold and flu season, limit your intake of sugar and eat a diet rich in nutritious, natural whole foods.

4. Nurture Your Immune System

Your immune system is your body’s natural defense against cold and flu viruses, so making sure your immune system is strong will improve your chances of making it out of the colder months sickness-free. One way to keep your immune system running at its best is to ensure your body is receiving optimal amounts of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Protein is a key support to your body’s immune defenses, and an important factor in a healthy, balanced diet. BodyHealth’s PerfectAmino™ contains the eight essential amino acids that will help your body build the protein it needs to run at its prime.

5. Ensure Proper Nutrition

Adding nutritional supplements to your diet will help replace and replenish missing nutrition, aiding the body in the defense against, and detoxification, of harmful viruses and bacteria. In addition to key immune-boosting vitamins, you can also add BodyHealth’s Body Detox™ to your health regimen over the cold and flu season to help bind and eliminate toxins from the body’s tissues and assist your body in its natural detoxification process.*

BodyHealth is passionate about your health. Browse our collection of vitamins and supplements that are specially formulated to help you feel your best this cold and flu season and all year round!*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. David Minkoff
Dr. David Minkoff

Dr. Minkoff graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1974 and was elected to the “Phi Beta Kappa” of medical schools, the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honors Medical Fraternity for very high academic achievement. He then worked as an attending physician in infectious disease, co-directed a neo-natal intensive care unit and worked in emergency medicine until 1995. In 1997, his interest in alternative and complementary medicine led him to open LifeWorks Wellness Center, which has become one of the foremost alternative medicine clinics in the U.S. His search to find a source of the highest quality nutritional supplements led him to establish BodyHealth in 2000, a resource that could provide doctors with the best possible supplementation and education for their patients. Today, the BodyHealth products are used by hundreds of practitioners and individual consumers who seek all-natural wellness and detoxification supplements with a demonstrated high level of quality and effectiveness. In addition to their use by patients looking to heal disease, the BodyHealth products are also used by sports enthusiasts interested in achieving and maintaining optimal performance. As a 42-time Ironman triathlon finisher, (including 8 appearances at the Ironman World Championships) Dr. Minkoff has first-hand experience to help athletes achieve optimum conditioning. His expertise in protein synthesis, detoxification, and nutrition allow them to run, swim, and bike faster and longer. Today, Dr. Minkoff is an alternative healthcare expert, guest lecturer, writer, tv and radio show guest. He also authors two weekly newsletters, the BodyHealth Fitness Newsletter and the Optimum Health Report.



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