I’m not even gonna sugarcoat it: I’ve been sick on-and-off the past few days (yes, including Christmas!). It seems like literally EVERYONE around me is ill. Whether it’s the flu, norovirus or just the common winter cold, almost all my friends and family have been hit hard. Being sick again reminds me of easy lifestyle changes to lead a healthier life.
1. TAKE VITAMINS AND IMMUNE-BOOSTERS EVERY DAY
I LOVE me some Paul Stamet's Host Defense daily immune support mushroom extract capsules. It may sound weird, but trust me: it works! Taking two of these on a regular basis can help boost your immune system, in addition to vitamin C and any other vitamins that your doctor recommends to you.
I also adore my friend Leslie's cold and flu defense rollerball from her line, Pure Luxe Apothecary. Rub some of this on your body and you're all set!
2. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
I'm not going to lie, getting enough sleep can prove difficult when you're an entrepreneur like myself. Without set working hours in the day or a place where you physically "go to work", it can be impossible to shut the lights off and make room for self-care. Setting business hours, breaks and a physical space where you only work can be extremely helpful. I like to go to coffee shops and set boundaries for my work.
3. EXERCISE (EVEN 15-20 MIN. 3X PER WEEK)
This can include your favorite yoga classes, pilates, even a quick fast walk on the treadmill. Getting your heart rate elevated is all that matters.
4. WHEN YOU FEEL A COLD COMING ON, PREVENT IT!
I'm a big believer in naturopathic, homemade methods for preventing and/or shortening illness. I swear by the Cold Calm supplement from Boiron and sweet elderberry zinc lozenges from Zand Herbalozenge.
5. EAT CITRUSY FRUITS ON THE REG
Especially oranges. This will increase the vitamin C in your body and up your immune system naturally.
6. USE ESSENTIAL OILS
If you're open to naturopathic remedies (which I personally think we all should be!), essential oils are a fabulous way to stay grounded and healthy. Similar to my friend Leslie's rollerball, essential oil remedies contain powerful healing abilities and a simple diffuser mix is sure to have you boosted in no time.
7. INCORPORATE RAW, FERMENTED FOODS
Not everyone is a fan of sour, fermented foods, but if you can stomach kimchee or sauerkraut, this is a must-have in your regular diet. We have a fabulous local company, OlyKraut that makes delicious recipes (seriously, I could eat this stuff out of the BOTTLE!), but you can always find a good alternative at your local Trader Joe's - they make a fabulous kimchee, too. Kombucha is another way to gain the same benefits.
Fermented foods contain probiotics that promote healthy bacteria growth, which also make them great to consume after a bacterial infection such as strep throat.
8. CUT THE SODA POP
Anything that will reduce your chances of maintaining a healthy lifestyle should be eliminated fully, such as soda and candy. I'm not saying we shouldn't all be allowed a bag of chips or some chocolate once in a while (the latter is actually good for you in moderation!), but taking out the culprits that aren't really necessary can help immensely. Buying a S'well water bottle helped me to drink more water and less soda.
9. SHOW YOUR SKIN SOME LOVE
While avoiding drugstore makeup brands that promote toxins and other chemicals, applying sunscreen regularly is a great way to show your skin some love and protect it from the sun, slowing down aging.
10. INVEST IN A CSA (COMMUNITY SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE) FARMSHARE BOX
With fresh vegetables delivered to you on a set schedule, you'll have little to no excuses to devour them! These make fantastic stir-fries and sides to your favorite meat, plus: you're supporting local farmers, too!
11. SWITCH TO EATING OFF OF YOUR SMALL PLATES
By making this quick change in size of dishes, you'll be sure to wait first before deciding whether or not you really need seconds, or if you're just eating because there's more on your plate to be gobbled up.
12. HEAT UP THAT DISH SPONGE!
This might be the grossest fact you'll read in this entire post, but: 15% of dish sponges contain germs and bacteria that can make you ill. To solve this issue, you can toss them in the dish washer once a week or nuke them in the microwave, damp and on high for 30 seconds.
What changes are you making in the new year to ensure your health?
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THE BLOGGER: KATHRYN COFFMAN
Kathryn is the lead contributor + founder at FashionablyFrank.com. Obsessed with leading a life of balance, she started the blog in 2013. Since graduating college in 2016, she is now a digital marketing specialist through her business, Fashionably Frank Marketing. She believes a cup of coffee is the answer to life's problems + that all women should embrace a #girlboss mantra.