To Be Sick, Or Not To Be Sick?: Methods To Staying Healthy

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So, it’s that time of the year again when it seems like everyone around you is getting sick from the changing of the weather; it’s that dreaded flu season, all over again! I’m always trying to look for a way to escape the possibility of getting “infected” by the sicklings, but it becomes difficult when I’m stuck in a classroom with people with colds, riding in a car for a long trip with my girlfriend who has a sore throat, or just locked in the office at work with God who knows what’s flying around!

I’m predicting that this flu season is going to be hitting rather heavily in San Diego this year, because of last week’s massive wildfires. Since returning to my normal school and work schedule, I have noticed that many of those around me are now coughing heavily or trying to hold back a running nose. I don’t want to catch that nose or the cough, so I’ve been trying a couple techniques to battle the evils around me. Of course, there is always the flu shot, but I’m sometimes a little weary about them; I need to do a little more research…

What I have been doing to fight the possibility of getting sick is a healthy dose of antioxidants, various vitamins, and some yerbamate. So far, each of these have proved me well, saying that I’ve spent countless hours with my sickly girlfriend, stuck in classrooms with coughing heads, and inhaled more than enough smoke in the air this last week. Let me explain a little of each of my hot picks:

Antioxidants:

  • These little suckers are found from numerous sources, such as: various fruit juices, various vegetables, different cereals, nuts, seeds, pills and much more.
  • Lately, I’ve been trying the pill form. This blend contains a green tea extract, ginkgo biloba, grape seed, pine back extract, and much more.
  • These antioxidants will help boost the immune system to assist the body to fight diseases around.
  • They also help detoxify the body and offer protection to cancers, heart disease, and the overall aging process.

Vitamins:

  • Vitamin C has been a long huge player in the fight against the flu. Not only do they come in pill form, foods such as oranges, kiwis, broccoli, and tomatoes all contain high amounts of vitamin C.
  • Vitamin E are directly related to the antioxidants. Consume some almonds and sunflower seeds to help your body fight off free radicals.
  • Take a basic multi-vitamin. These provide a good base for a large range of vitamins, but it is never a bad thing to consume anything else that will provide from other essential vitamins.

Yerbamate:

  • Some may not have heard of this drink, but it tastes very similar to a green tea.
  • It is loaded with ingredients that help the body become more attentive and healthy, including increased energy, accelerating the healing process, and calming allergies.
  • Contains almost all of the vitamins used to combat fatigue and help to control appetites, including: Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B.

Try some of these pointers out if you feel like you’re in a similar situation. I’m not going to guarantee that these will work, but so far they have kept me at the top of my game. Leave some comments and tell me any of these have worked for you, or if you might have some other good staying healthy techniques.

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