Really? A post about how not to get sick? I know, I know. You’re thinking wow, how enlightening, and to that I say: EXACTLY. Let me explain. March was a crazy month for traveling (planes, trains, automobiles, and bus bathrooms.) Basically, a whole bunch of opportunity to mingle with germs, sneeze particles, and people that don’t wash their hands. So, how to avoid getting sick when you travel?
Let’s have some real talk for a hot minute.
Back in the day (aka before low-carb eating), when I would get sick, I would get sick. I would catch a cold from someone at work who would be just fine 3-4 days later, and a few weeks later I would still be sick with an upgraded case of bronchitis. After a doctor visit, antibiotics, Mucinex, kleenex, orange juice–well, you get the idea–I would be short a whole lotta dinero and still sick. Traveling to visit family? My immune system would OKCupid the nearest person with the slightest sniffle and send me into a month-long snot-fest tizzy. You get the idea.
What are things like today?
So I deal with super annoying chronic health issues, BUT I have not had a cold in years. Strep, flu, stomach bug–nope to all of it. Whether you’re traveling or not, following these tips will be sure to amp up your immune system.
1. Drink apple cider vinegar + water. Lots of it. Look, it’s not going to taste good, but #realtalk, DRINK IT ANYWAY! Apple cider vinegar is loaded with antioxidants and its acetic acid content will prevent bacterial growth–aka that stuff harboring in your throat! Add at least 1 tbs of acv to 8 oz water and repeat all day. To make it more palatable, you can add a tiny bit of raw organic honey or Stevia. Apple cider vinegar should become the yin to your yang. Already sick? Apple cider vinegar is your friend. Want to prevent getting sick? Same thing. If you’re drinking water, make sure you add acv to it! Your health will thank you.
2. Wash your hands. Yes, obvious, but make sure to wash your hands more than you normally would when traveling. Frequent hand washing can cause your skin to get very dry, so make sure to also moisturize. I use Egyptian Magic and/or coconut oil to keep my hands moisturized (also good for people with eczema).
3. Take ginger supplements. Ginger has natural anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce indigestion and congestion. I don’t know about you, but a bunch of coughing, sneezing, and sniffling used to give me the worst upset stomach and nausea. Today, ginger has replaced all my stomach-upset medicines. Five years ago, I was taking several pills a day to control my GERD. My purse was always stocked with H2 blockers, antacids, etc. I keep a bottle of ginger in my purse now, and that’s it!
4. Take a daily probiotic to help protect your gut. A probiotic delivers an army of the good type of gut bacteria. This is especially important if you’ve been a big fan of acid reducers or have gone through lots of rounds of antibiotics, which kill off the bad and the good bacteria in your gut.
5. Make sure you’re eating right. This can be hard when you’re traveling–I know! Make sure you’re eating veggies and healthy fats every day like coconut oil or avocado. Having problems going to the bathroom? Add in some magnesium citrate to get things moving #realtalk.
6. Go for a 10-minute walk. Outside. Where there is sunlight and real people.
What do you think?
When was the last time you got sick? Do you catch colds easily? Try out a tip or two (or all!) from above and I bet you will notice a tremendous difference. I would rather not be out of commission for a month with a wheezing cough, and I’d rather spend my dinero on a fabulous pair of shoes instead of a bunch of pills. Do you have any other tips? Please share in the comments below!
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