Feeling Sick? Here Are My Top Ways To Build Your Health While You Recover.
IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF US
Maybe you are at the end of a stressful month, or returning from a trip or an interview or a big life event. One minute you are cruising along like superwomen, the next you start to feel a bit off.
I have a few favorite ways to keep myself healthy and nourished when dealing with a cold. This “Wellness Protocol” helps me when I am trying to fend off a cold, or when I am already sick and want to support my immune system. The video below goes into full detail, but the steps and supplements are outlined as well.
I’d love to hear if you have and “go to” tips when you start to feel under the weather. Please share in the comments below.
MY WELLNESS PROTOCOL WHEN FEELING UNDER THE WEATHER:
Recognize the symptoms: The first step is to recognize the symptoms that YOUR body gives you when you are starting to get sick. This knowledge is powerful because you can catch it before it gets worse. Maybe you get super tired or have muscle soreness, or an itchy throat or congestion. Find out how your body communicates to you and pay attention.
My favorite food supplements: Apple Cider Vinegar, Turmeric, Cayenne, Cinnamon, Lemon, Ginger, Coconut Oil. Each of these supplements has many benefits, including anti-inflammatory, to anti-microbial and alkalizing. Read up on any of these foods and you will see how they can benefit your body, especially if you aren’t feeling well. I make a health tonic with all of the above and drink it each day. I also use essential oils and an oil diffuser when sick. Lemon, peppermint and tea tree oils all help cleanse the air and make your house smell amazing. Bonus, if you add these oils to a humidifier or oil diffuser you will get the added bonus of moisture in the air.
Things to Increase: I choose to increase my intake of vitamin C, L-Lysine, Probiotics, and B-Complex. You can get all of these amazing vitamins/supplements in food sources as well, but to further support my body, I take them in supplement form while sick.
Things to reduce: Sugar, caffeine, alcohol and any extra toxins that tax the liver. When you are sick, the liver is working overtime to help you out. Caffeine and alcohol are hard on the liver and will require the liver to focus on detoxing those instead of working to detox you from your sickness. Sugar, dairy, and alcohol are pro-inflammatory and put further stress on the immune system. Keep your diet simple and clear of highly processed and or toxic food and beverages.
What to eat: Whenever I feel under the weather, I immediately simplify my diet and only eat whole, nutrient dense foods with healthy fats. Liquids and cooked foods are easier for the body to assimilate and take less time to break down. Some of my favorites include:
Soup (if you purchase soup, find ones with the most simple ingredients, without added sugar, preservatives or ingredients you can’t pronounce)
Bone Broth (or Mineral Broth) both support the gut and provide electrolytes to the body.
Kefir (a great source of probiotics – they have cow, goat, sheep and coconut variations)
Fresh juice (or juice shots w/ ginger, avoid ones with fruit)
Add-ins to further enhance your dish: cayenne, ghee, coconut oil, coconut milk, Celtic sea salt, turmeric, ginger, ACV
Hydrate: staying hydrated helps your body move toxins out, and keeps your skin from getting too dry. If it’s hard for you to drink water (or you find it boring) you can add herbs, citrus or herbal tea to your water. I also put balm on my nose and keep my face washed, toned and moisturized. I use the charcoal cleansing bar, brightening mist and brightening face oil from Beauty counter to keep my skin clear, hydrated and vibrant - even after a full day in bed.
Rest: From my experience, getting sick is a sign you need to slow down. This is when it’s especially helpful to notice the first signs of feeling sick so you can give your body a chance to rest more. Reschedule a morning meeting so you can sleep in, take a quick nap at lunch, and get to bed early. Our bodies are quite amazing, and a lot of the healing process happens while resting. So do your best to get extra z’s.
Oil Pulling: Oil pulling is an Ayurveda technique used to literally “pull” toxins from the mouth into the carrier oil. You can use organic sesame oil as it has natural cleansing properties or coconut oil with its antimicrobial properties. Take about 1 Tlb in your mouth and gently swirl it around for 10-20 minutes first thing in the morning (like before you’ve had any water). I like to use my tongue scraper FIRST to get the initial build up out of the way, then oil pull to cleanse the mouth. After you oil pull, spit the oil into the trash (DO NOT Swallow) and rise your mouth with warm water. I like to follow up with a glass of warm lemon water or a shot of 1 tsp ACV in 1 oz water.
Calming practices: The last thing you want to do when feeling sick is to stress yourself out. You need your immune system to focus on healing you, and additional physical and mental stressors do not help with that. Don’t stress about how inconvenient it is to be sick, or to miss a workout. Take advantage of this time to slow down and help calm your nervous system with calming practices such as deep breathing, meditation, a warm bath, or reading. All of the practices keep you present and allow the body to work in the background. If you have the energy, go out for a short walk. Fresh air, gentle movement and sunshine do wonders for the healing process.