Now that we are heading into the thick of the winter, one of the things that always comes to mind is how do we avoid getting sick. We are particularly reminded of this when we are on the subway, shake a stranger’s hand, or witness our colleague who coughs non-stop the entire day at work.
Invariably, the thought “I really hope I don’t get sick” pops into our heads when any of these events happen.
At the end of the day, however, staying healthy is about keeping our immune system strong. Because if it is strong, it will fight off any viruses or harmful bacteria that enter our bodies.
These are the 8 foods and strategies that I consume & employ to stay healthy during the winter months.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar has been used for centuries as a health remedy and in the organic community, apple cider vinegar is the preferred choice.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid, which has tremendous anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties.
Each morning, I put a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water and drink it on an empty stomach. Another great option is Temple Turmeric’s Pure Fire Tonic that has 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar in every bottle.
I have been meditating since 1991 and one of the reasons that I do it is that it reduces stress. When our stress levels are high, this weakens our immune system and makes us more vulnerable to getting sick. Hence, another reason to stay dedicated to this ancient practice of sitting in quiet.
Check out Headspace to learn how to meditate if you don’t know how.
Turmeric is a nearly unparalleled superfood that both supports a positive inflammatory response and boosts a body’s natural defenses. This is an ingredient that I try to consume every single day.
I’ll either cut up pieces of turmeric and put it in my salad, or drink a Temple Turmeric Original Elixir – still my favorite of the entire line.
With approximately 90% of the cells in our bodies being bacteria, it is essential that we properly take care of this bacteria.
Aside from avoiding food such as white bread, sugar, soda, candy, GMOs, and processed food – all of which do damage to our gut flora – take a good probiotic, which will aid our beneficial bacteria and help promote a healthy immune system.
Whenever I hit the salad bar or am shopping at the local market to prepare a salad, one food that I never skip is onions.
While I can’t say that I am head over heals for the flavor of onions, I appreciate its health benefits, of which there are many. The most notable antioxidant in an onion is quercetin, which also provides a positive inflammation response and is important to keeping us healthy.
Not only does wheatgrass have twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges, but wheatgrass purifies the blood and helps to detox the liver, our body’s filter.
I try to drink 2-4 ounces of wheatgrass at least four times per week.
7. Sanitizing Your Cell Phone
While we may worry about the germs lurking in public bathrooms or on dollar bills, nothing may carry more harmful bacteria than our own cell phone. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, our phones are absolutely filthy.
Carefully use a natural hand sanitizer without damaging the screen or try a UV sanitizer.
8. Establish the Right Mindset
Instead of worrying about whether you are going to get a cold from a coughing friend, convince yourself otherwise. Tell yourself that you absolutely will not get sick and believe it 100%. This will probably be your best and most effective protection out of everything on this list.
The power of our minds and our thoughts cannot be underestimated.