Dec 15 2019

Stay Healthy and Happy this Holiday Season.

Published by at 12:00 pm under Immune System,probiotic supplements

Stay healthy and happy this holiday season.
Don’t put a damper on the holidays by coming down with the cold or flu.

As Benjamin Franklin quoted a long time ago, “ An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” While he initially meant it as it applies to safety, this phrase is always used when referring to health. And it couldn’t be more true, especially during this time of year.

Preventing illness rather than trying to get over an illness is a lot easier on everyone involved. Getting sick can take a toll on the body, ESPECIALLY if antibiotics get involved. It costs us time away from work and away from our family and friends. There has never been a better time than RIGHT NOW to reevaluate your health practices and be sure you are fortified and ready for what has become known as “cold and flu season”. Let’s go back to thinking of it as the ‘holiday season’ instead by staying healthy and actually enjoying the holidays.  

So what can we do to ensure our health? There are lots of viruses, flu bugs and bacteria out there that are ready and willing to take residence in your body. But if our immune systems are strong, we can fight it off. You are less likely to get infected if your microbiome is in balance

At Body Biotics™, we believe in staying healthy, starting with the gut, so we’ve put together a list of reminders to keep you healthy this holiday season, and we are checking it twice.

Gut health, gut health, gut health!

Keeping your gut healthy is of utmost importance and everyone knows it. It is all about prevention and keeping your microbes in a healthy balance, so if a bug does come along, your healthy bacteria are there to fight it off. With 80% of our immune system residing in our guts, if your gut is healthy, so will you be. If you start to feel something coming on, increase your Body Biotics™ Bio-Identical SBO Probiotics Consortia™. It will give your system the extra boost it needs to fight off infection.

Avoid being around sick people, and if you do get sick…stay home!

Nobody wants to be around someone who is coughing and you don’t want to be that person spreading germs. There is nothing worse than getting on a plane and sitting next to someone who is coughing and blowing their nose. While we don’t like to cancel plans, sometimes it is the right thing to do. Do others a favor and just stay home with a cup of soup and a good movie. You’ll get better faster and everyone else will appreciate it.

If you get a virus, take measures to avoid it developing into a bacterial infection.

Sinus infections can often be avoided by treating the cold with regular use of a nedi pod or nasal wash, lots of fluids, and rest. “…Your body’s natural line of defense—the immune system—usually takes a few days to two weeks to fight a viral infection. In that time, make sure to get plenty of rest, drink lots of fluids, and take over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen to relieve any pain or fevers. You can also try a humidifier or a cool mist vaporizer. Remember, over-the-counter medicines will help relieve symptoms, but they won’t shorten the amount of time you are sick…” So hunker down, give your body a break and let it get well on its own. 1*

 

Keep your ears and feet warm.

If you are out in the cold, be sure to wear ear protection. Starting at 59°F, the blood vessels in the ears begin to constrict in order to consolidate warmth, making them more susceptible to the cold. Ear muffs or a hat that covers the ears keeps the cold out and also keeps the moisture out. When moisture gets in the ears it can lead to infection. The same goes for keeping your feet, hands and face warm. Extreme cold can cause blood vessels to constrict, limiting blood flow. When vessels are constricted, they struggle to circulate white blood cells needed for fighting off infection. (2,3)** 

 

Wash your hands

Wash your hands and make sure your kids wash their hands regularly at school and as soon as they walk into the house.  Scrubbing with good old fashioned soap and water helps fight off many germs.

Get your flu shot.

Not everyone is a proponent of flu shots, but they are a good protective measure especially for elderly folks or anyone with a weakened immune system.  

Eat right.

Avoid foods with too much sugar and keep your diet rich in fruits and vegetables, fresh fish and good organic proteins. Limit alcohol intake which can take a toll on the immune system.

Get plenty of sleep.

This is extremely important. Going to bed and waking around the same time each day is also a good habit to follow. While we sleep, our body heals, so give it plenty of rest, especially if you are starting to feel a cold coming on. If you have a virus with a fever, sleep along with the fever, is the body’s natural response to fighting off the viral infection. “…One way sleep and the immune system interact with one another is through fever. Our bodies use fever as a physiological defense to fight infection. During sleep, we can get a better fever response. That means it’s more efficient for our bodies to take on unwelcomed germs and viruses when we’re asleep…”3*

Avoid stressful situations

You’re kidding, right? It’s the holidays! But do your best to keep stress to a minimum. Take a deep breath, be patient with others (strangers and family alike).

Enjoy the moment. There are only so many holiday seasons in our lifetimes. Enjoy them…make them special and be present!

Avoid antibiotics unless absolutely necessary.

 If you have a viral infection like a cold or the flu, antibiotics won’t help. In fact, they will wipe out the healthy bacteria you need to fight off other types of bacterial infections. Many viral infections, to include ear infections and bronchitis, used to be treated with antibiotics, but now we know differently. Sore throats also are often viruses and don’t respond to antibiotics, but get a strep test if you have a sore throat to rule that out. Whenever possible, ride it out and resist that urge to assume you need antibiotics. Be aware that some viral infections can go on to develop into bacterial infections. So visit your health care provider or urgent care if you develop a fever of 103 or higher, if your fever lasts longer than 7 days, or if it is accompanied by a rash or vomiting (or anytime you are concerned). It’s better to rule out a serious bacterial infection, such as strep throat or pneumonia.

I hope these reminders will help you stay healthy this winter…through the holidays and into the New Year.

We truly wish you a healthy and happy holiday season,

Kelli

www.bodybiotics.com

Resources:

  1. https://www.uhs.wisc.edu/news/self-care/overly-antibiotic-when-you-need-them-and-when-you-dont/
  2. https://www.medexpress.com/blog/workplace-wellness/why-you-need-to-keep-your-ears-warm-this-winter.html
  3. https://medlineplus.gov › fever

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