This time of year seems to hit a lot of folks hard in the area of everyday health maintenance. There are so many bacteria and viral antagonists flying around that, to the microscopically-magnified eye, it would appear that we are on the front lines of a highly orchestrated attack from an enemy of which we had no warning. Well, maybe the runny nose, dry cough, and watery eyes of someone in your line of contact could be a sign of the battle to come. Or, maybe it’s the worsening itchy throat, headache, and sniffling that you’re inclined to ignore and think will probably take care of itself and go away by tomorrow. Or, maybe it’s just the simple fact that we exist and will all have to be out and about at school, at work, or at play. And yes, these places house crowds of people in close proximity to one another that, at any point in time, have been exposed to or are full-blown carriers of the everyday common whatever and can easily spread it to those around them through direct or even indirect contact. It’s a wonder that any of us can stay away from the cold and flu season unscathed.
Now, I’m not suggesting that you stay (until given the all-clear) in an air-regulated bubble where no contaminants can enter your space to cause bodily harm as they seem to attack every functioning system in your body. I am, however, suggesting that you be as proactive and prepared as possible for the implementation of strategic offense during this high-alert time of illness. As someone who’s been on the reactionary, defensive end of this seasonal sickness onslaught for the past week, believe me when I say that it’s no fun fighting from a weaker vantage point than your yucky enemy’s. It puts you in a compromising position, where expending more energy and effort to fight back is required. Here’s what I suggest you do to keep your enemy at bay:
- Increase your intake of raw fruits and veggies (cleaned off really well). Vitamin and mineral reinforcements can provide a powerful punch.
- Wash your hands often.
- Keep your hands off your face, where germs can easily find an entry point (eyes, ears, mouth, and nose).
- Get enough rest. (Seriously, don’t underestimate this one. When your immune system is compromised, you need to do everything you can to give it the most optimal fighting chance. Rest that body of yours).
- Drown the little bugs out by drinking lots of healthy fluids like water and vitamin-boosting green drinks and 100% fruit juices.
- Protect your personal space as much as is humanly possible without alienating everyone around you. (This one can be a little tricky, because you don’t want to give the appearance of being standoffish with your peers and friends. And, you definitely can’t afford to quarantine your sick family members from yourself, especially if you’re the one commissioned to take care of them. Use your common sense on this one folks. Just navigate around the sickness with caution).
- Eat healthy. (This really should go without saying, but I’m going to say it anyway. When you flood your body with unnatural external forces that make the body work harder to process them, then you’re actually breaking down your line of defense and making yourself fair game for infiltration and easy bodily attack).
- Do less or no eating out, if possible. (People preparing your food get sick too and you can’t go behind-the-scenes and see how they’re handling the very thing that you’re going to put directly in your mouth).
I would certainly prescribe the above remedies as before-the-attack-happens options that should be taken on a continuous cycle, even after the cold and flu season ends its reign of terror. You better believe that I’ll have a follow-up to this sickness saga with some prescribed all-natural remedies for healing what ails you, especially for those who are dealing with the dreaded aftermath of what goes on after-the-attack-happens. Since I’m currently experiencing this latter scenario, I’ll have plenty to say in a future post coming to a blog near you. Tune in next week for my watered-down rant about life with the common cold/flu/or whatever it is. Take care of yourself.