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It May Be Cold Outside, But That Doesn't Mean You Have to Have a Cold Too!

We all know with the seasons changing that it usually brings on more illnesses. Now that we're in December we're getting into the thick of winter and the holidays. This means spending more time indoors, more desserts and sugary treats, and possibly the general stress of the holidays.

Getting sick doesn't have to be a guarantee though! You can have an arsenal of tools on hand to make sure that your immune system stays robust and resilient against whatever bugs are floating around. Herbs (echinacea, elderberry, wild cherry bark, mullein leaf), supplements (Vit C, Vit D, zinc, oil of oregano, NAC, monolaurin), food (honey, garlic, ACV, oysters), and homeopathy (will depend on symptoms) are all amazing tools to have in your cupboard at home.

In addition to these, ensuring you are getting adjusted consistently, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated (electrolytes for the win!), saying no to obligations that will drain you, and supporting your body in other ways, like lymph massage are all other ways to support your nervous system and your body as a whole.

It may feel overwhelming to read those two paragraphs above and you may be thinking how in the world am I supposed to keep up with all of that? The thing is, you aren't. Or at least, you don't have to. The biggest key to your health is that you stay CONSISTENT with whatever healthy habits you are implementing. Pick 2-3 things to focus on and stick with them. Pick whichever ones feel the easiest to you. Maybe you are in a season where you aren't getting much sleep (hello, little kids at home). So instead during the day, you make sure you are eating nutrient dense food and staying hydrated. Maybe you have a tough relationship with your in-laws and are expected to be with them for the holidays. To help minimize the impact of the emotional stress, you get adjusted and focus on filling up your cup with things you enjoy before and after your time spent with them.

Don't leave your health to chance. It is in your choices that leads to your health. I feel like I need to also put a big old caveat here that sometimes there are just things out of our control, and sometimes we do get sick. Having the symptoms of a cough, runny nose, fever, being tired, etc are all good things! They are evidence that your body is doing its job to get rid of the bug. That is another topic for another day though :)

Ultimately I want you to feel empowered that you CAN make good choices that positively impact your health, and you aren't necessarily at the mercy of the "cold and flu" season!

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