So you don't want to get sick this winter? Here’s how to stay well even when others around you are not.
Colds and flus are our body's way of enforcing rest. You can override your body's signals to slow down for only so long before your body pulls rank and gives you an enforced period of rest. So if you don't want to get sick - listen to your body before its too late. If you're exhausted lighten your load and make some space for rest in your day, evening or weekend.
Not many people know this but according to Chinese Medicine your liver has a major role to play in keeping your immune system buoyant. We know that poor diet choices like eating too many refined foods or junk food, as well as too much alcohol are not good for the liver. If you tend to overindulge then try giving your liver a break.
If you want to have resilient good health you need a strong immune system. One of the major causes of immune dysfunction is mental and emotional stress. If you're not happy or you're perpetually stressed don't ignore it! Seek help (counseling, acupuncture, massage) or self help (exercise, holidays, spend time with friends) but don't just soldier on.
Even though it’s tempting to hibernate when the weather turns cold, if you can maintain some exercise in your weekly routine you'll fair much better. As well as improving our mood, exercise helps keep the lymph system healthy. So walk, jog, swim, do some Yoga, Tai Chi, weights or anything active that takes your fancy...and feel the difference.
So there is no real secret just common sense if you want to avoid getting sick! Rest when you're tired, eat well (or cleanse if you need to), don't ignore stress and unhappiness and include some regular exercise in your week. Make these simple habits part of your life and you'll not only avoid getting sick you'll actually be on the path to excellent health.