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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.
But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?
In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.
The simplest way to reduce toxins in your body is to avoid them. Despite today’s crazy world that has toxins everywhere, there are steps you can take that will reduce your toxin intake. This gives your body a chance to get rid of the “backlog” and catch up.
Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has been used for centuries as a natural herbal remedy for those who fall ill.
Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest,” and it has been noted as early as the 5th century BC as a medicinal tonic – forever cementing it as a staple in human nutrition.
But, it wasn’t until recently that we understood WHY it is so helpful to the body. And with this understanding came advanced methods of harnessing the incredible power of this medicinal plant.