Stress can have more of an impact on the body than any food or drink we consume. Why? Because when we’re under stress, the body produces cortisol. This is fine in genuinely stressful situations, but repeated stress and ongoing cortisol production can have a huge impact on the body. Cortisol serves a very important function, preparing your body for fight or flight situations. But in doing so it shuts down all ‘non-essential’ functions changing immune system responses and suppressing the digestive system, the reproductive system, growth processes and speeds up your aging! Here are a few healthy hacks to help you escape and hide from the flu bugs and dismiss the stress and anxiety that is synonymous with the holiday season.
1. Wash your hands. Especially after you shake hands or handle an object someone else was using, such as a computer keyboard, phone, gas pump or supermarket shopping cart. Iam a proud germ-a-phobic (with a former HORRIBLY low immune system) and I love a great antibacterial soap that is made with tea tree, because the tea tree prevents viruses and bacteria from flourishing. When out in public, try to avoid touching your lips, nose, or eyes especially after you shock someones hand, filled up you gas tank or pushed a shopping cart at the supermarket. People tend to touch their faces without being aware—an average of 16 times an hour, according to a study done at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
2. Catch some Zzzz’s. If you have flu symptoms, REST UP and lessen your load. I hate missing parties and fun events too, but, it’s not worth it if you’re not feeling well PLUS you can pass your bugs onto some one else (not nice). DRINK lots of pH balancing drinks, like lemon water.
3. Use dietary supplements (such as echinacea, zinc, colloidal silver or vitamin C) or homeopathic remedies (such as Oscillococcinum and Nux vomica) to help prevent or treat the flu. I also love vitamin D, which plays an important role in the immune system. In a 2010 Japanese study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, schoolchildren given vitamin D supplements (1,200 IU a day) throughout winter were 40 percent less likely to develop the flu than those given a placebo. Other recent studies have shown that healthy adults with higher blood levels of vitamin D were less likely to develop viral respiratory infections.
4. Incorporates natural and healthy green drinks into your menu to promote digestion, introduce fiber, and help you to perform a cleanse in a regular and natural way.
Calming Green Smoothie
• 1 cup kale or collard greens firmly packed, stems removed, coarsely chopped (4 ounces)
• 1 Granny Smith apple, coarsely chopped
• 1 ripe banana.
• 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
Combine kale, apple, banana, parsley, and 2 1/4 cups water in a blender; blend until smooth.
If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water
5. Make mental relaxation a major goal, and use a wide range of possible tactics, including developing a hobby, meditation, and silent retreats. Experience a quiet mind as your normal default state. Once you have begun to gain a handle on your anxiety, there is a mantra you can use to combat the fact that fear feels so convincing.
6. Replace the morning coffee! I offer two suggestions, the first is green tea. A little caffeine is okay, but you do want to be careful about where you get your caffeine from and how much you take in at any one time. Green tea offers important antioxidants that our body needs in the most natural form and a slight caffeine boost that can help to get you jump started n the morning. The second suggestion, is combo of superfoods like maca & raw cacao mixed into warmed almond milk. Oh yeah, this baby will quench your love and need for chocolate, while is doses you with beautiful and delicious antioxidants.
7. Think Positively and be happy! Uphold Your Ideals. Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change Your Thoughts and You Change Your World.” The world offers every opportunity and distraction to erode your beliefs, values and morals. Don’t give in and don’t give up and don’t lose sight. Trust they will guide you through any and every situation. Strive to live up to your beliefs, values, and morals. This is where your full potential can be reached.
A great way to cleanse your thoughts & body is to do an intestinal cleanse