How To Keep Your Family Healthy This Flu Season
With the school in full-swing and the holiday season creeping up on us, there is no better time than now to start making decisions that keep you and your family members your most productive, most focused, and most energized.
And who doesn’t want more energy for work, more time for family, more energy to travel, and more time to play?
This time of year, can be a busy time.
…Getting the kids school schedules and sports routines down…
…Balancing time with your significant other and time with your kids who need attention…
Not to mention trying to find some time for yourself, where you can just get a minute to breatheand not have to rush worrying about one thing after the other.
Adding fuel to the fire the holidays have us, generally eating worse than usual, drinking more alcohol, staying up later, and dealing with the stresses of travel and hosting extended family.
There’s nothing wrong with enjoying ourselves for the holidays. I actually think that we should. But, we need to make decisions that will allow our bodies to best adapt to the assault that we put it under for nearly three months.
Ever wonder why flu season starts just after Halloween and carries through to February?
Some would argue that this time of year is when the flu bugs are “swarming” looking for people to attack.
I’m going to have you consider that it’s not flu season because of the time of year the flu bug is active.
It’s flu season because we put our bodies under so much stress during the holidays that it weakens our immune system to the point that our bodies cannot combat the microbes it encounters.
In other words, it’s not the flu bug that causes you to have symptoms like fever, stuffy nose, body aches, chills etc. It’s actually your body’s natural reaction to fight off these infections when they get out of control and the immune system cannot manage the invaders on its own.
So what does this have to do with the holidays?
Well, for starters, how much MORE sugar and alcohol do we eat during the holiday season?
Although the sweet treats are fun to indulge in, the sugar in these treats shuts down our body’s ability to fight off bacteria. This last for hours after eating a sugary meal. Over time, the immune-fighting cells become so shut down that bad bacteria can grow and takeover in our bodies without much effort causing cold or flu-like symptoms.
So what can you do to stay as healthy as possible this holiday season?
For starters, don’t quit on your exercise routine just because you’re busier. Schedule time to nourish your body in the gym and then naturally try to eat clean so that you’re best equipped to fight off foreign invaders.
In addition, ensure that the system that controls and regulates your immune system is functioning optimally.
Want to know what system that is, and how you can ensure more productivity, focus and energy this holiday season?
I’ll give you a hint, it’s the same system that tells your heart to beat and your lungs to breathe.
It’s the same system that tells your body to digest food, recover after workouts, and heal damaged tissues.
There are a very specific set of steps that prevent this system from functioning at 100%, and there are a very specific set of steps that you can take to ensure that you and your family member stay healthy through the “sick” season.
What will you do with all of your extra time?