With cold and flu season at our doorsteps, most of us are desperate to not catch the latest bug.
Clearly, no one enjoys being sick: between the aches, pains, cough, sniffles, sore throat, stuffy nose, nausea, and litany of other symptoms caused by seasonal bugs and viruses, sick days aren’t a vacation from work. They’re a lot of work in itself!
In an effort to help keep you well this cold and flu season, we’ve compiled a short list of tips to get you ahead of the game before the coughing, shivering, and sniffling of flu season makes its way to your office place.
Capsaicin- the chemical in chiles that gives them their kick- has an antiinflammatory effect, easing the inflammation that leaves your immune system pushed to the brink and susceptible to invading bacteria and viruses.
Add a spicy kick to stir frys, soups, and eggs with red pepper flakes, salsa, or your favorite hot sauce.
Embrace Vampire Breath
Garlic contains allicin, an enzyme that can help increase immune function and fight active viruses.
Allicin is most potent prior to cooking, however: overcooking can inactive allicin entirely, so either add crushed garlic raw (careful- raw garlic is spicier than cooked!), or heat only very briefly for the most potent effect.
Become A Sugar Sleuth
The maximum recommended intake for added and refined sugars is 25g each day. The average American, however, consumes a whopping 88g, thanks to hidden sugars in even seemingly healthy foods and beverages.
Sugar reduces immune system function and increases inflammation: the perfect storm for high susceptibility to seasonal bugs.
Make a point of reading labels, using the 25g/day maximum as a guide. While most of us struggle to get anywhere close to that number, any reduction is a step in the right direction!
Be Supplement Smart
Steer clear of supplements and other home based homeopathic remedies, unless directly suggested by your doctor.
Remember that even natural supplements, herbs, and extracts can be dangerous, and many can and do interact with other supplements or medications in potentially dangerous ways.