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Secret Weapons to Keep Colds at Bay This Winter & How To Get Better Fast If You're Already Sick

May Peace Be Unto You. :)

I am so excited to be posting this article.

I've been wanting to share these tips for a while now. Whether it's a cold or the flu, ailment surrounds us this time of year.

As a professional in the Wellness Industry, I am by no means immune to sickness. I do, however, have a few tricks up my sleeve that I'll be sharing with you in this article.

My goal is to aid your wellness, happiness and productivity during the rest of this winter season.

Already sick?

I got you covered. Check out a special bonus *just for you* towards the end of my post where I share what you can do *right now* to heal quicker, God-willing. :)

Secret Weapon #1) Apple Cider Vinegar: ACV has so many different uses and is a must have this time of year. I personally take 1 Tablespoon each day during the winter to help scare off ailment. The reason it works so well is because it is alkaline-forming in the body, thus balancing our pH levels. It also slows down mucus production. While it may not have the most appealing taste or smell, it is well worth it. You can either take it straight followed by water, or mix it into some water.

Secret Weapon #2) Rest Well: Rest is always important, but it is extra important during this time of year. It's not just about getting the right amount of rest, but it's also about quality of rest. It's so important, that I'm dedicating a large portion of this blog to ways to improve your sleep.

A few ways to upgrade your sleep:
  • Pray/supplicate: This is a good time to ask your Creator for forgiveness, thank Him for all that He has given you, consult Him regarding your affairs, admire Him. Disconnecting from the material world is very crucial for a good night's rest.
  • Aromatherapy: Use a few drops of pure lavender essential oil in a diffuser. Research has shown lavendar oil's ability to increase slow-wave sleep.
  • Drink chamomille tea 1 hour before bed. Chamomille is known for its calming & soothing properties, which help promote restful sleep.
  • Avoid eating anything 2 hours before bed. This ensures that your slumber will be focused on cellular repair and renewal. If you are eating right before bed, your blood circulation will be focused on digestion rather than repair.
  • Avoid technology/screens 1 hour before sleep. If you must make a phonecall, dim your phone. :) It's a lot better than texting since your eyes are not focusing on the screen. The excessive light reduces your natural flow of melotonin, the sleep hormone. :)
  • Dimming lights 1 hour before bedtime will also maximize proper melotonin production.
  • Spend quality time with loved ones over light conversation or even just enjoy the silence of one another.
  • Reading something engaging but not too intense is a great way to forget about your regular thoughts and relieve stress

Secret Weapon #3) Staying hydrated is crucial all year long, but especially true during these winter months. On average, an individual should be drinking half their weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 130 lbs, you should be consuming at least 75 ounces per day. In relation to avoiding sickness, staying hydrated will keep your body alkaline, reduce mucus in the body, reduce inflammation in the body, and better regulate your bowels. Make sure to have water-rich veggies like celery and cucumber as well as fluid based soups, teas, etc.

Secret Weapon #4) Smile. :) This one is so important because smiling increases good hormones in the body and therefore strengthens our immune system.

Secret Weapon #5) Eat your healthy fats. Many people are scared of fats. Newsflash: sugar & grains are bigger culprits for weight gain. Healthy fats are very important to many bodily functions. Vitamin D, which is crucial in regards to our immune system can only be absorbed through fats. My personal best picks for healthy fats include cold-pressed coconut oil, cold-pressed olive oil, avocado, seeds (flax, sunflower, pumpkin), nuts (cashews, almonds).

Secret Weapon #6) Move your body. While exercise is important all-year round, it is very important this time of year. If you're having trouble staying motivated, join a fitness class, workout with a friend, or get a personal trainer. If you're in the Central NJ area and need some support in this area, contact me. I may have some room in my regular women's fitness class or availability for training sessions/workshops. :)

Secret Weapon #7) Add these 5 foods to your diet:
  • Fresh Ginger Root
  • Lemon
  • Cayyene Pepper
  • Greens
  • Cinnamon

Secret Weapon #8) Fill your life with positivity and love

There you have it. Some of my best tips. :)

Before I end, I want to be here for those who are already sick.

Don't despair! I've got special tips for you. Do them ASAP, inshaAllah (Godwilling)!

Get Better Fast Tip #1) Follow all the tips from above expect for tip #6. Save exercise for when you are feeling 100% better

Get Better Fast Tip #2) Keep your vitamin C levels elevated through fresh squeezed orange juice, oranges, clementines, tangerines, mandarins, etc.

Get Better Fast Tip #3) Bring a full pot of water to boil and pour into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Gently place head over steam and cover head with a small towel. Breath in steam, but take care not to burn yourself. This will help open up your nasal/sinus passages and clear congestion. You can magnify the benefit of this by adding fresh mint leaves or 1 drop pure peppermint essential oil to the water.

Get Better Fast Tip #4) Suck on cold-eeze zinc drops, opt for the no-sugar-added kind

Get Better Fast Tip #5) Have lots of hot fluids, namely broths and herbal teas

Get Better Fast Tip #6) Avoid caffeine, dairy, sugar and grains. Caffeine will dehydrate your already dehydrated body. Dairy, sugar & grains will increase mucus production in your already congested system

Get Better Fast Tip #7) Pray & smile all day long :)

Do you have any remedies that help you stay healthy? I'd love to hear them. Share them right in the comments below!

Love,

Yasmin :)