Cold and flu season is upon us. No one likes getting sick, so we’re sharing our top 10 ways to get through this season feeling great!
1. Stay Hydrated
Hydration keeps the mucus membranes in your eyes and noise moist, which helps them better catch and clear out incoming bacteria and viruses.
Proper hydration also keeps your cells healthy, which in turn makes for a stronger immune system.
2. Get Your Sleep
Your body repairs and recovers during deep sleep. It’s the best time for your body to fight off illness and recharge the immune system.
3. Keep Your Hands Clean
Washing and sanitizing is critical for good health, particularly around this time of the year. We recommend our Organic Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer! It's convenient, kills 99.99% of germs, and doesn't dry out your hands. And it's 25% off through the end of October!
Also avoid touching your face, especially around your mouth, to avoid ingesting germs.
4. Keep Your Surroundings Clean
Just like your hands, areas and objects like your desk, kitchen counters, phone, and tv remote can carry harmful germs. Keep it all clean with natural disinfectant spray or wipes.
5. Relieve Your Stress
When stressed, your body releases a hormone called cortisol. Without managing stress levels, constant cortisol release can damage your immune system and many other parts of the body.
Exercising and getting outside are great ways to relieve stress and they have other immune boosting perks as well. Take a look at our 16 science-backed stress relievers for some more ideas!
6. Take Care of Your Gut
Your gut flora is the first line of defense when the body is under attack from bacteria or viruses, so maintaining a healthy gut is critical.
Take care of your gut with prebiotics and a healthy diet. You can get your prebiotics from our Prebiotic Blend supplement and through prebiotic-rich foods like garlic, asparagus, and bananas.
Have you heard of probiotics but are wondering what prebiotics are? It’s not a typo! Read our blog post that explains the difference between the two.
7. Increase Your Antioxidant Intake
Antioxidants help prevent damage to our bodies – including our immune system – from troublesome molecules called free radicals. If you want to learn more, we have a blog post on antioxidants, too!
Dark chocolate, blueberries, pecans, and spinach are some examples of foods rich in antioxidants.
8. Get Your Vitamin D3
Whether through sunshine or supplementation, adequate vitamin D3 is critical for immune health. Vitamin D3 helps your body produce white blood cells, which are the cells that fight off illness.
Exercise increases blood flow and respiratory rate, which helps to clear out bacteria and viruses.
Exercise also decreases cortisol and promotes deep sleep, both of which are critical for immune system function, as mentioned above.
10. Take Dr. Mac’s Immune Boost
The ingredients in our Immune Boost have been clinically shown to decrease your chances of getting sick by up to 65%! It's one of our most popular products during cold and flu season, and you can get it for 25% through the end of October!
It contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant, and andrographis and echinacea for white blood cell production. Echinacea also prevents viral replication, therefore shortening the length of illness if you take the product once you’re already sick. Lastly, our Immune Boost contains spirulina which provides your body with essential vitamins and minerals and naturally resists bacteria and viruses.