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October brings Ghost, Goblins, and the Flu

October brings Ghosts, Goblins, And The Cold & Flu Season!

Weather changes, leaves change and our immune systems must kick into gear to defend us from the winter colds, flu , and ear infections.  Your best defense is good offense and here are 5 simple defensive rules that will help your body do its job.

Here are 5 easy tips for a healthy fall and winter

    1. Adequate sleep, we are a nation of sleep deprived adults. Summer aggravates sleep patterns with the long, hot and busy days. Remember: our bodies regenerate during the sleep cycle.
    2. Eating healthfully, treating your body like a temple and avoiding the empty calories in processed foods gives the body maintenance mechanism all the tools necessary to repair on a daily basis. Our fabulous local Farmers Market makes eating fresh, clean foods easy and fun.
    3. A good quality, food based vitamin and mineral supplement. Our lifestyles create added demand on the body, which we may not be able to supply solely with the foods we eat. (See your practitioner for recommendation
    4. Water is the staff of life. The average sized person should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses each day. You should start the day with a large glass and end the day with a large glass. If you exercise hard or work in a job where you perspire heavily you will need to drink more. Remember that if you think you are hungry, you may want to have a glass of water first. Our minds often misinterpret the sensation of thirst as hunger.
    5. Hand washing has been recognized as the most effective flu prevention measure that people can take.  More effective than a flu vaccine. The time and money spent on pushing the flu vaccine would be much better spent on educating on, and enforcing, regular hand washing in our schools. I try to remember to wash my hands regularly, especially as soon as I get home. Being out in the world we tend to bring the bugs home where we are more casual about our hygiene. Remember to avoid rubbing your eyes and nose as this is where viral organisms are commonly introduced into the body.

Happy All Hallows Eve