COLD/FLU Prevent-“I”-on

Ah yes, it’s that time of year where everyone and their mama bear are getting sick. As I often hear, “Tis the season for cold/flu!” However, getting sick is actually not a seasonal thing at all. You can get sick ANY time of the year. The truth is the cold/flu is the result of an inability to adapt to change in light, limited water, increase carbs/sugar, stress and/or lack of sleep. YOU get the cold/flu because your body is thrown out of homeostasis in some way, shape or form. It is NOT because it’s a solely a season change. So, how do we prevent cold/flu? Here are some helpful tips to keep your

immune system STRONG!

1. Notice how I capitalized the “I” in the title Cold/Flu Prevent-I-on? That means YOU have to take ownership for your ability to prevent yourself from getting sick. One of the things that I see often in our culture is the lack of accountability and ownership for bad habits. For instance, isn’t it funny how someone knows exactly how he or she lost the ten pounds? They restricted calories, they workout more, they achieved better sleep etc. Yet when sickness occurs, all of a sudden it’s blame game central! What I see often is the pointing of the finger to the external forces. I’m sure you’ve heard them: “Oh my co-worker was sick and that’s how I got it.” OR “I’m around my kids a lot and they carry germs” OR “I knew these rainy days would get me sick!” You hear that?!! NO ownership. I am not judging here, I am awakening you to the ACTUAL cause of sickness: A compromised immune system and the subconscious or conscious lack of personal responsibility for wellness or lack there of. You need to ask yourself: Why is my immune system weak? What steps can I take to prevent myself

from missing work, rescheduling my workouts or having limited energy for my family? IF you have a strong immune system, you can be around the cold/flu ALL day long and you won’t get sick. That’s the TRUTH.

2. Now that you have made the decision to take ownership of your health and free yourself from the blame-game, it’s time to set up some methods to increase your chances of staying healthy through ALL the seasons. One of the BEST and most helpful tools to prevent/cold flu is to excessively limit or cut out mucus causing foods. If that presents itself a challenge, focus on reducing inflammatory causing foods. You could go about this one of two ways: Add in more alkaline foods that will naturally reduce inflammatory foods or pick one, two or three inflammation foods and cut-that-crap-OUT of your


3. I talked about this next one on my IG feed: Spice-up-YO- water! Not only should you be mindful to increase your water intake during a season change, BUT you want to add in ingredients to your water that will fight cold and flu. One yummy, nourishing food that I am talking about is pineapple. Pineapple is a natural immune booster, it is filled with antioxidants and it is five times more powerful than cough medicine. Personally, I would NEVER take cough medicine. Remember, when you take cough medicine, you are suppressing the symptom, not fixing the cause. GET to the ROOT of your sickness and

you will find TRUE health.

4. We absolutely need sunlight. Sun = life! Sun builds the immune system, it improves circulation and it provides our bodies with that much needed Vitamin D. Once again, when I hear, “I knew I was going to get sick because of all these rainy day.” It’s NOT the rain that

causing sickness, it’s the lack of sun. So, what are you doing about it? There are many things you can do to get the benefits from the sun without the sun, but one of the easiest things to do is take a Vitamin D supplement. Remember, read your labels and do your research on the

capsule coating. This is IMPORTANT. Also, SIDE NOTE: In the summertime, do NOT wear sunscreen. AH!!! It’s so bad. Sunscreen is a chemical- filled paste that seeps into your blood stream and wreaks havoc on your endocrine system. “But Courtney, what if I am out on the water in direct sunlight all day long?” I’m a step ahead of you my friend! One of my favorite bible verses reads, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial.” (1 Corinthians 10:23) Translation: Enjoying something that is healthy in a small amount is good for the body. Having something that is healthy in a large amount (or with NO boundaries) is unhealthy. For instance, it’s fabulous for your body to be in the sun for a short period of time. However, it is harmful to the body to be in the sun for an extended period of time. Then you burn! Go in the shade after a while if you’re out on the water and avoid the sunscreen. It’s that simple. Another example of the statement “everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial” would be eating one apple. One apple is nourishing and it provides energy for movement. However, if you have ten apples in one sitting, you will get sick. Do you see where I am going here?!

In closing, I hope you have found these prevention techniques helpful. Sickness, flu, disease etc. is controversial and there is much more to it than meets the eye. However, I do know a thing or two from being in the health and wellness industry for over a decade. I’ve seen a lot, I’ve learned a lot and my passion

is to share with those who are brave enough to make a change. My mission has always been to inspire movement toward health. Soul first, followed by the renewal of the mind, and then

transformed through the strength of the body. Thanks for reading and God Bless!