Though it seems like only yesterday that summer was upon us, and that the reasonable outfit of choice was shorts and a t-shirt, the overnight weather has gone from 20 degrees down to the negatives! The start change in temperature comes bundled with cold and flu season, and many tend to feel like they’re “coming down with something”.

Avoiding the flu bug entirely is indeed tied to getting the proper amount of vitamin C into your system, but there are several other ways that you can ensure your body is strong enough to fight the bug of the day.

Here are our top tips:

  • We are all taught to wash our hands regularly and there’s a reason why! Washing your hands often, and properly, is one of the tickets to fending off germs and staying healthy through the season. Seriously, it can be this easy.
  • Chicken noodle soup contains cysteine, an amino acid that helps to thin mucus in the lungs along with a bevy of other benefits. The hot broth of the soup helps to keep the nasal passage moist, preventing dehydration and fighting inflammation. Hot tea is similar, and houses bacteria-fighting compounds as well!
  • Cover up your neck in the cold. Colds and flus plant their feet in the most superficial layers of our bodies, and it’s from here that illness moves deeper through our bodies and ultimately leads to sickness. You may be wondering what this has to do with covering up your neck! Our superficial channels are the bladder and small intestine, and these channels run up the back of our neck. When it’s cold, we’re prone to having cold air enter the body, which attracts illness. Now you know!
  • Take the time to recover. Obviously, you don’t want to bring your cold or flu to the office and put your coworkers at risk, and pushing your body back into the swing of things too soon may exacerbate the illness you are fighting, and prolong recovery time.
  • Give your body a little help – infusions, or intravenous (IV) therapy, will do wonders for your body, restocking those vital vitamins that your systems use to prevent and combat bugs. For more information on Cornerstone’s IVs, visit our dedicated page or contact us.

Keeping  healthy during the colder seasons requires attention to detail, proper amounts of sleep, and a mind for nutrient intake. If you want to get the conversation started on tackling cold and flu season this year, contact us, because your health should work for you, not against you!

Cornerstone Naturopathic Team

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