The holidays are long gone, we’ve had our share of fun, food and drink and it’s time to get back to reality and go to work but we start feeling groggy a few days in and before we know it, we’ve got the flu or a really bad cold.
Unfortunately, it’s that time of the year when a lot of people tend to get ill. This is possibly due to a decrease in our immune system because of a lack of exercise, sleep and good food and an increase in alcohol intake. Today we are going to discuss a few things for you to do to stay healthy this winter and what you need to do to fight the flu if you do get it.
If you have the flu or such symptoms make sure you get plenty of rest. Make sure you get more sleep than usual at night and if you need to take a few days off from your training regime do so too. Missing a few days of training is better than training just for the sake of training as this will not be very effective anyway.
Next stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, hot drinks, juices, smoothies etc to encourage your body to function properly, support your immune system and stimulate your natural detoxification system to get rid of the ‘bad stuff’.
Next, take medication if you really need to. We do not encourage unneeded medication but when needed this will help fight the flu/cold quicker and help you get back to you normal routine quicker. Other vitamins and minerals that are worth considering are vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc, all of which fight help diseases as they support our immune system. Eating foods that contain these 3 vitamins and minerals on a day to day basis is always advised but it might be worth supplementing with tablets when ill. Another supplement that you might want to try is a probiotic. Probiotics are proven to keep our gut bacteria healthy thus, boosting our immune system.
Other things that would be helpful are saline solutions or drops and hot showers to help with congestion. Both of these remedies help in clearing out mucus in your nasal passages and throat, getting rid of your symptoms faster.
Lastly, use natural ingredients such as ginger, honey, lemon, cinnamon and turmeric which I’m sure we’ve all heard are good to boost our immune system. If you have not contracted the flu yet but are in close contact with people that have, here are a few things to do: stay away from ill people as much as you can, wash your hands frequently, avoid changing environmental temperatures suddenly and if you do wrap up well, stay active and eat well, drink plenty of fluids and supplement with the vitamins and minerals and natural ingredients mentioned above to give your immune system and boost.