5 Best Tips For Avoiding & Shortening Colds & Flu

Having colds or the flu is terrible – you just feel and look terrible the entire week. And this usually happens when your immune system is down due to emotional or physical stress. While stress is unavoidable, you can work on strengthening your immune...

I hate being sick. Your entire day and week are just horrible and ruined. You feel and look like junk!

And when I was younger, I would always get sick. I think back then, the reason was I would be exercising and playing sports too much. I basically over-stressed my body. And on top of it, I just wasn’t getting enough rest – nor eating enough nutritious foods.

So, over the years I’ve done a lot of work to really boost my immune system. I just don’t have the time to be sick. And it’s really worked because I rarely ever get sick. I can’t even remember the last time I got the flu.

And I never take the flu shot or antibiotics.

And this is all despite living a very hectic and overly stressed lifestyle.

So, let me share with you some of my favorite tips for avoiding and shortening colds and flu.

1 Wash Your Hands Often

This is a big one and I’m sure you already know that washing your hands frequently is very important. But, are you doing it?… Additionally, you need to make sure that you don’t stick your finger in your eyes, ears, and nose – unless your hands are clean.

WashHands

This means when changing your contact lenses or if you have an itch. These are usually involuntary actions that you don’t think about, so you need to do your best to pay attention to.

So, always wash your hands often, especially before you eat at parties and leave the gym or public places. You could also keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in your purse, bag, or in your car.

2 Take Immune Boosting Supplements

This is a big one for me. I take the following year-round, for their immune boosting properties:

Vitamin C: I take up to 10,000 mgs daily. But I suggest you start with 500 mgs, 3x daily and work your way up. You’ve taken too much, too quickly if you start having bowel issues. I think a good maintenance dose is 3000-5000 daily and if you’re sick, increase it to 10K. It also helps lower stress hormones.

Zinc: This mineral boosts the immune system and is also good for testosterone levels. I take about 30 mgs daily along with 2 mgs of copper. Both should be taken together in a 15:1 ratio.

Selenium: Surprisingly, most people don’t get enough selenium in their diets. I suggest 200 mgs daily or 5x weekly with the weekend off.

Vit D3 + A: Both of these work together and most are deficient. I take 10,000 units daily and then will take off the weekends usually.

NAC: N-Acetyl Cysteine is an amino acid that strengthens your liver and also helps increase glutathione levels, which helps boost your immune system. I take 600 mg 2x daily.

Pre & Probiotics – Having good bacteria and gut health is extremely important. So, make sure you’re taking both.

I’m sure there are others, but these I’ve found to be the most potent, have the most studies backing them, and also have lots of other health benefits. This is why I take them year-round.

Supplements

Now, IF you’re sick, you can also try taking herbs such as:

  • Astragalus
  • Rhodiola
  • Black Elderberry
  • Echinacea

These herbs can help accelerate the healing process and can typically shorten cold and flu.

3 Drink Lots of Water

Most people are dehydrated during times of stress and thus, typically drink even less water.

DrinkWater

I suggest really increasing your water intake all the time, especially when you’re sick.

Double or triple the intake. Add in some Himalayan Salt, lemon juice, maybe a little stevia for sweetness, and drink up. Flush out the toxins and you’ll feel much better.

4 Manage & Reduce Your Stress

Almost always, when I’m under extra stress for too long — physical or emotional — I get sick.

Of course, you can’t always control stress. However, you can control the MEANING of stressful situations. By this, I mean that when something goes badly, don’t make it out worse than it is. Don’t keep reliving it in your head and keep talking about it to everyone you know, over and over again.

Stress

That just magnifies the pain and continues to cause hormonal imbalances, which kills your immune system.

If you can do something about the stressful situation – great, focus on the SOLUTION and move forward.

If you can’t – then that’s fine too. It’s in the past. What can you LEARN from it, so this doesn’t happen again in the future. And you’ll be better prepared for it. Then, move on.

And that’s all you can do.

Unfortunately, most of us live in the past or worry about the future and this just kills your body and immune system.

5 Get Better Sleep and More Rest

Deep, restful sleep fixes almost everything. This is when your body is in healing and fixing mode. So, give sleep a bigger priority, especially when you’re sick.

Sleep

And I know we’re all busy these days. So, at the very least, try to take some mini rest breaks during the day. Maybe just 10-15 minutes of closing your eyes and listening to music to help calm your mind and heart. It’ll help “reboot” your body and boost your immune system.

BONUS TIP: Get Out & Get Social

I’m going to throw in an extra bonus tip. I want you to get outside more, get some sun and get social. Walk and move outside. Interact with positive, happy people. Laugh more. Appreciate life and all that you have.

Social

Sitting behind a computer or your phone all day is NOT good for your health.

Stop focus on what you don’t have or where you “should” be in life.

Stop interacting with negative people — this includes social media.

I can guarantee that negativity in any form, decreases the immune system, and drains you emotionally and physically.

Out of all the tips I’ve given today, this might be the hardest to do for most of us.

Summary

So, to recap:

  1. Wash your hands often
  2. Take immune boosting supplements
  3. Drink lots of water
  4. Manage stress better
  5. Get better sleep and more rest
  6. Get out & get social