Easy Immune System Boosters: Staying Healthy in a Germ Factory
Apparently we're not alone. Friends have told me, "I've never been as sick as I was my first winter with a child in daycare." I hear, "Every time they change classrooms you'll get deathly ill." I have also heard, "It gets better once they turn two" (please let this be the case). And there's an interesting phenomenon that occurs: the
None of us is completely immune to getting sick, but we can do some things to try to prevent it during the high risk seasons. I wanted to share some things that I do to support my immune system - some that are of the supplement variety and some that are more behavioral in nature. I'm not going to discuss scientific evidence (or lack thereof) for each potential intervention, as it could possibly turn this blog post into a dissertation! I should also explain my take on supplements. In my opinion, unless it's prohibitively expensive or obviously harmful, why not try it even if there isn't strong scientific evidence that it works? So here are my immune-boosting tips:
There are other immune-boosting supplements I've either tried or read about that I could mention, but these are what I've been using this winter. Try what you will and see what works for you!
I was sick for almost a month this past winter. In retrospect, I realize that catching a simple virus from my daughter greatly affected me despite my efforts to push through. I was in denial for at least the first couple weeks. I kept my activity level high with the exception of very heavy lifting sessions, I continued to clear my driveway of multiple feet of snow, I worked, I took care of my child and my household. Then all of a sudden I realized that I was weak, tired, achy, feverish, unhappy, and generally unmotivated for daily life activities. Of course I treated my symptoms with the full court press as above, but as the cycle persisted, I continued to feel bad and eventually got worse, which leads me to my last tip...
How has your household been fairing this season? What are your favorite go-to immune system boosters? Share them here!
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