TOP WAYS TO PREVENT GETTING SICK
1. Optimize your diet with nutritious foods
- Food is medicine. Eat whole, real foods. Stay away from processed, greasy foods. Reading labels is key! Always check ingredients in labels, which can tell you which products have added sugar and chemicals that you may not have been aware of. Some of the food you may be eating might not even be food! It is just a bunch of chemicals put together to look like food. As a rule of thumb, try to limit your products to contain 5 ingredients or less and ingredients you recognize. Learning how to read labels is a skill and it can take time to learn but it's worth it!
2. Hydrate with good filtered water
- We use a Berkey with added fluoride filter in our home. Our tap water is filled with a bunch of stuff that can suppress our immune systems and make us sick. It can contain toxic ingredients like arsenic, lead, fluoride, chlorine, etc... and a Brita filter just doesn't get rid of these ingredients. The EPA tries to clean up the water as much as possible for the public but often times, that's not enough. The Flint, Michigan water crisis is a perfect example of a community who were drinking the tap water and have had terrible health consequences. If you feel like you drink a lot of water but still suffer from headaches or dehydration, it could be the quality of water you're consuming.
3. Wash your hands, don’t over-sanitize with hand sanitizer
- Hand sanitizer certainly kills all the bad bacteria, which is a good thing… but it also kills the good bacteria and the good bacteria is what helps your body fight off infection when the bad bacteria invades. Stick with the old fashioned way of washing hands with soap and water.
4. Make sure you have access to clean air
- Clean, fresh air is so important for our health. Try to open windows in your home to circulate fresh air, add plants in your home, use a high quality air filter (HEPA filters works best), limit the use of chemicals used inside your home, and try diffusing some essential oils!
5. Soak up the sun for some vitamin D or take a vitamin D3 supplement
- Vitamin D is so important for a strong immune system. It is also very hard to get adequate levels of vitamin D if you are not out in the sun every day, especially if you live in an area where it gets cold during the winter. At this point, most of us are deficient in vitamin D so it is very beneficial for everyone to take a vitamin D3 supplement once a day. If there's any supplement I would recommend to anyone, it would be vitamin D3.
6. Get adequate sleep
- Sleep is so important for our health and many of us don't get enough of it. Check out my YouTube video on tips for getting a good night's rest.
7. Exercise regularly
- You don't have to go crazy at the gym in order to exercise. Find something that works for you, something that you enjoy doing that boosts your physical activity. If you want to go crazy at the gym, feel free! While others may be content just going for walks, doing yoga, or lifting weights at home.
8. Reduce your stress levels or at least learn to manage them
- I am the QUEEN of understanding that sometimes I can't change the amount of stress I'm under. Sometimes my stress levels are unavoidable and that's okay. When things do get out of control though, it is important to learn how to manage your stress levels. You need to find time to check in with yourself and calm yourself down. You don't want your body to be in a chronic state of stress. You can help manage your stress levels by writing lists of all the things you need to do, taking a warm bath with calming essential oils, engaging in a quick yoga session you find on YouTube, or sitting and meditating for as little as 15 minutes so that your body is able to take deep breaths and relax.
Staying healthy requires balancing all aspects of your life, which may not always be easy to do. Sometimes getting sick is unavoidable but you will have much better outcomes if you check in with yourself and listen to your body.