You may be surrounded by people who are coughing, sneezing, hacking… and are exhausted. They are dragging themselves to and from work and have been since before Christmas. You’re thinking they should stay home. But they keep on showing up where you are!!
And then one morning you wake up and you know that your body is not the same! You feel like you got hit by a truck!
That sudden appearance of symptoms is more likely to be the flu rather than a cold.
What should you do?
Because of the intensity and magnitude of the 2017-18 flu season, consider this bottom line strategy:
Become a little self-centered.
Self-care is the first step in caring for others
Remember the mantra on the plane with the oxygen mask: put yours on first before you help someone else.
May I offer some strategies for those who are experiencing the symptoms of winter health challenges: fever, coughing, upper respiratory discomfort, GI discomfort….you get the idea! By the way, this is not to be considered medical advice, but rather an accumulation of specific suggestions gathered from conversations with health care professionals and knowledgeable friends, as well as from reading a variety of articles on the subject.
- Isolate yourself for a few days. Cross contamination is a very real challenge. Avoid close contact with sick people!
- Take your shoes off…when you come in from the outside, leave your shoes at the door…
- Wash your hands frequently. If soap is not available use hand sanitizer. Additionally, keep your hands away from your face!!
- Keep the surfaces of common areas in your house clean and uncluttered- use a high-quality cleaning cloth, such as those available from Norwex to use no chemicals but to keep the surfaces free of germs. Tea tree oil is a great essential oil for extra protection.
- Use high quality essential oils in a diffuser- eucalyptus, tea tree, orange, lemon….lots of choices.
- Double down on all of the prevention strategies mentioned in a previous post. ….plenty of water and fluids (this keeps your mucous membranes moist so they can do a better job of trapping viruses, etc), good food (protein; chicken soup which actually has good anti-inflammatory substances)
- Home remedies: Gargle with salt water; honey and vinegar; eucalyptus on your feet, cold cotton socks, then wool socks (I know this one is truly strange. It was passed on to me by my naturopath. I tried it and it works. Ask me about it!!).
- Change your bedding more often, especially your pillow cases…air out your pillow and blankets frequently.
- Wear a face mask if you have to be in close contact with a sick person.
- When you are returning home from being out and about, rinse your mucous membranes with a saline rinse…use a bulb or a netti pot.
- Wash and dry your hair before going to bed…put a clean head on your pillow.
Store shelves are full of supplement options. How do you know what to buy?
First consideration: buy real, not synthetic. Check your supplemental label to know the source of the ingredients. About 95% of supplements are synthetic. Your body knows the difference!
My personal recommendations are based on the past nineteen years of partnership with Mannatech. Mannatech supplements are science-based, safe, and effective. This link will allow you to access more information about each of the following products that our family either takes daily or has access to when needed: Ambrotose– core immune-system support, cellular communication. Optimal support system packets– three products: AO, antioxidant; PhytoMatrix (plant-sourced vitamin-mineral; PLUS, hormonal support (wild yam). Omega 3 with Vitamin D3. GIProBalance– probiotic slim stick MannaBoom– glyconutritionals and Vitamin C from Australian bush plum. ImmunoStart– colostrum, beta-glucans, lactoferrin, lozenge formulated to work with Ambrotose MannaC– Vitamin C from Australian Bush Plum, herbals for sinus health MannaBears– a gummy fruit and vegetable product with antioxidants and glyconutrients providing a easy-to-take kids’ product that tastes great. Essential oils are also part of our wellness routine, some every day, some as needed: lavender, calming blend, #1 protective blend, eucalyptus, frankincense, lemon, tea tree.
This link will provide product and ordering information.
What’s your most effective seasonal strategy? Feel free to share it in the comment section below.
If you have any questions about what you should be ordering, please don’t hesitate to contact me phone/text 480.382.8255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to helping you get and stay healthy!