I can’t believe it’s already four weeks into the New Year. I also can’t believe it’s snowing – again. So far 10 inches and counting (on top of the 40+ inches so far this season) – then turning to sleet and freezing rain before the storm passes through. Actually, though, I don’t mind this storminess in the mid-20’s. Two weeks ago it was -9 degrees here in upstate NY. That’s NOT a typo – there was actually a negative sign in front of the 9. Nine-degrees-below-zero. Without wind chill. Brrrrrrr. Of course, I guess Minnesotans and other upper-mid-Westerners just shrug at such a puny temperature – they were at -44. Yikes! At least I can write this to you from INSIDE my warm and toasty home.
Whether (weather) you live where I do now and it’s freezing cold, or where I used to live in San Diego where it’s been in the mid-70’s and sunny for much of January, like it or not, this is the cold and flu season. The good news is you don’t have to suffer and lose time from work (or play) if you take a few simple precautions.
If You Get Sick
The key to averting both flu and colds is a strong defense (immune) system. The immune system extends well beyond the thymus, spleen, lymph nodes, and bone marrow. Your liver, gastrointestinal tract, skin, tonsils, and adenoids, ears, lungs, mucus membranes, acids in your stomach, and saliva and tears are all contributors to your body’s defenses. The specialized white blood cells that recognize and neutralize invaders are also included in your body’s defense system. All of these work as a team with your nervous and endocrine systems to maintain an elaborate system of defense.
No wonder no single remedy can do the job. It takes a balanced body working together in synergy to maintain balance and harmony (Note: Sunrider’s underlying core Philosophy of Regeneration embraces body synergy). Maintaining this balance and harmony requires basics of good health such as nourishing the body well, drinking plenty of liquids, exercising, and getting sufficient rest, and maintaining your stress level.
Nourishing the Body Well
Coix Fruit (the number one ingredient in Sunrider’s NUPLUS) has been found through research by Tokyo University to be an outstanding benefit to the defense system. ALPHA 20C (in packets, powder, capsules, and in the QUINARY formula) is an unique food specifically nourishing to the defense system. CONCO, a ‘concentrate for a cold,’ nourishes the lymph and respiratory systems which are usually overloaded with mucus when you have a cold. Prevent getting sick by taking 1 to 2 each of CONCO and ALPHA 20C every morning. If you haven’t done this and begin to feel sick, take 3 or 4 of CONCO and ALPHA 20C every hour to support those systems and it usually works quickly.
VITAFRUIT is a wonderful concentrated golden liquid antioxidant formula which is a great benefit in supporting the body’s entire cellular system. Too much fat will depress immune function and constrict the circulatory pathways where immune cells travel. A healthy defense system needs good fats, however, the typical American diet is seriously deficient in good fats such as those found in nuts, olive oil, avocados, and cold water fish.
Drink Plenty of Liquids
Drinking purifying liquids every day helps to keep your mucous membranes moist enough to combat viruses they encounter. FORTUNE DELIGHT and CALLI nourish your purification systems which flush the toxins. Drinking these liquids daily will help to prevent a toxic buildup. A nice winter combo I enjoy is mixing a packet of COCO VITASHAKE in a mug of MINT CALLI with a squirt of SUNECTAR. Yummy and nourishing!
Exercise can boost the production of immune-defending white blood cells. Walking or any activity that raises your heart rate will suffice. I love to walk, hike, snowshoe & cross country ski in the winter. But on a bitterly cold day like today, it is actually dangerous to go outside. Instead I do body weight exercises indoors like squats, lunges & jumping jacks. It gets your heart rate going & works those large muscle groups. Deep breathing, yoga & pilates are also wonderful choices.
Get Enough Rest
When you’re sleep deprived, your body makes fewer natural-killer cells that destroy infected cells. Your defense system requires sleep for repairs and maintenance (CALLI NIGHT is a great way to help you relax and get to sleep). If you don’t get sufficient sleep, pay special attention to keeping your stress levels under control with relaxation techniques (and taking ESE). Many studies have shown that people show lowered immune responses when they are under stress.
Neuroimmunologist Lee S. Berk, at Loma Linda University has found that laughter (or even looking forward to a good time) increases the number of some types of immune cells. Rent a silly movie, read the comics, or go to: http://cleanjoke.com to a good laugh.
Wash Your Hands Frequently
Research and numerous studies have shown that your hands are a primary route for infection. Studies of children in daycare, school children, and Naval recruits have all found that washing hands four or five times a day can cut the risk of getting a cold or other respiratory infection by up to 45 percent from such things as doorknobs or telephones. How easy it is to keep clean hands no matter where you are by just having a little tube of HAND CLEANSING GEL in your purse, pocket or briefcase.
Lower Your Risk
If you want to lower your risk of ending up in bed with a fever, a stuffed-up nose, and aching muscles, try the defense-boosting strategies that we use. Daily, we eat our basic Sunrider regeneration foods: NUPLUS or VITASHAKE, CALLI and/or FORTUNE DELIGHT, and QUINARY. In the winter, we put a packet of ALPHA 20C equal to 10 capsules in our NUPLUS shake every morning. We drink our delicious VITAFRUIT cocktail daily. If we do begin to get sick, which is very rare, we just hit the CONCO and ALPHA 20C in extra amounts. Of course, SUNBREEZE oil or balm to open your sinuses or applied to your throat, chest, under your ears, or wherever your need is, it is a must to feeling better soon!
Don’t Forget Your Skin
Don’t forget to protect & nourish your largest organ – your skin during the winter. Sunrider has a wonderful spa line for pampering at home. KANDESN SPA WARM BODY SCRUB – specially formulated with raw sugar and sea salt that act as beads to massage and exfoliate the skin as they slowly melt away. Effectively removes contaminates with a drawing action that pulls undesirable substances from pores. Shea butter helps soften the skin while botanicals moisturize and condition at the same time. KANDESN SPA BATH OIL – get a burst of foam when you add it to running water. This refreshing tonic moisturizes your skin and protects it from dry weather. KANDESN SPA BATH SALT – features a special blend of ingredients known for their therapeutic and tonic effects – Dead Sea Salt. Unlike ordinary sea salt, which is primarily sodium chloride, Dead Sea Salt contains a broad variety of mineral salts and is rich in magnesium, potassium and bromide. In addition, our enriched Spa Bath Salt also contains a special blend of Sunrider herbal ingredients based on the complex Quinary formulation, designed to keep the body’s five major systems in balance by cleansing. KANDESN SPA MASSAGE OIL – enriched with exotic oils, herbal extracts and vitamins to stimulate and warm the body. Blood flow and lymphatic flow are enhanced, and the body is invigorated the way it is after a good workout. What a great way to relax!
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Here’s to your health and surviving cold & flu season!