The holidays are over, and with January’s arrival, come the post-holiday credit card bills. It’s stressful, and stress can greatly hamper our immune systems, making us more susceptible to catching colds and other illnesses. Unfortunately, the height of cold and flu season is just around the corner. For the Northeast, it usually occurs in February. With this in mind, here are some of my favorite stay-well tips!
Wash your hands. As a pharmacist, I often come in contact with patients who feel under the weather. For that reason, I am an advocate of hand washing to prevent the spread of illness. Frequent hand washing and the overuse of hand sanitizers can sometimes lead to dry hands. For that, my favorite remedy is Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream!
Take a probiotic. It may also be helpful to take a probiotic, as our intestinal tract offers an important line of defense when it comes to preventing illnesses. In fact, more than half of our body’s immune cells reside there in the intestinal tract!
Get adequate rest. This is highly recommended, and depending on who you ask, between 7-8 hours of sleep per night seems optimal for most people.
Drink plenty of water. It's also important to hydrate, and here the recommendation is about eight glasses of water per day.
Sweat it out. One should not underestimate the effect of working up a sweat, which stimulates the lymphatic system and helps the body rid itself of toxins. If you have the opportunity, try a hot yoga class, or simply get out there for a vigorous walk. In case you still feel run down, I like to use our Echinadoron Lozenges – with organic echinacea (pictured above), calendula and chamomile. They naturally support the immune system.
Of course, sometimes we still get sick. Some of the symptoms, like a runny nose, are seen as rather pesky, but they are a sign that the body is trying to re-balance itself. Weleda's homeopathic Ferrum Phosphoricum 6X tablets will help with inflamed mucous membranes without causing drowsiness. Cinnabar Compound provides relief for scratchy and sore throats.
I hope you have a healthy and happy New Year!
What are some natural strategies you use to deal with post-holiday stress? Leave your tips below - we'd love to hear them!