Who has time to be sick these days? Seriously, with that VERY important meeting on Thursday, drinks with the girls on Friday, or that whole taking care of the kids thing — sick days just don’t seem in the cards. That’s why as cold and flu season hits hard, it is more important than ever to boost your immune system to make sure it is at the ready to fend off any germs that come your way. Luckily, there are plenty of super easy things you can do right at home to keep yourself cold and flu free.
Eat foods that kick your immune system into shape
Wait…you’re telling me that all I have to do to stay healthy is eat? Yup! I told you this was easy! However, there are certain foods you should focus on getting plenty of around cold and flu season to add a little extra immune support. These sickness-fighting foods include:
- Citrus fruits (like oranges and grapefruit…pretty much anything you would use to make a mimosa)
- Red bell peppers
- Garlic (Italian night, every night!)
- Spinach and broccoli (Always make sure to get in those greens!)
Get your workout on
Here is where a little bit of the work comes in, but I promise it’ll be worth it! Since working out great is for our mood, stress-levels and waistline, it does wonders for keeping us sickness-free! Studies have shown that people who live more stationary lifestyles are about twice as more likely to experience sicknesses like colds and the flu, so getting that workout in is more important than ever.
One of my favorite ways to stay active is following Jillian Michaels 30-Day Shred -— it’s a super quick workout (only 20 minutes!) that I can do at home. And trust me, it will make you feel AH-MAZING. All you need is a yoga mat and two dumbbells, and you’re on your way to a killer workout, clear mind and healthy body!
If you’re anything like me, getting enough sleep is much harder than it sounds. With an endlessly long to-do list, events and commitments through the roof, sleep seems like an easy thing to sacrifice to make it all work. However, sleep is unbelievably important in keeping you healthy (especially when you’re working out — see #2). Sleep allows your body to recover from all of that bad-a** work you do all day and if you continuously don’t get enough sleep, your body’s immune system function begins to decline (one big no-no). Pop a couple Olly Sleep vitamins if you need some help drifting off.
Keep those hands clean
When everyone is in close-quarters all winter long, germs end up on all sorts of surfaces – door knobs, desks, computers keys – which is why it is super important to wash your hands well and often. Soap and water is really all you need, but if you have trouble making it to a sink all day long, hand sanitizer will definitely do the trick. Pro Trip: make sure to keep some hand lotion nearby because all of that hand washing plus the dry winter air can reek havoc on your skin.
Boosting your immune system is as easy as these 4 simple steps!