I step up my natural game during the Fall and Winter months in Ohio as soon as the cold weather hits because I know that so many people are affected by the dreaded “flu season.” I don’t really believe in such a season, although, I refer to it often. Here’s what flu season really is all about and why everyone is more prone to coming down with the crud:
Lack of sunshine.
We’re missing out on a ton of vitamin D which supports our immune system, naturally.
We go on a 6 month binge.
We us October – January as an excuse to slack off on eating clean and turn to bad carbs, sugar and alcohol to celebrate. Then Valentine’s Day in February and heavy drinking for St. Patty’s Day in March.
Thus, all of that sugar causes all sorts of hormonal chaos in our system and when our system is spending all its time on digestion and filtering out garbage, our immune system is then left to fend for itself, picking up upper respiratory and other GI junk.
Holidays cause increased stress and lack of sleep.
Family drama, frantic house prep and last minute shopping creates quite an anxious time. Do you ever hear people say that they’re ALWAYS sick for the holidays? That’s because while we’re busy stressing out and getting very little time to rest and repair, we’re inviting viruses and bacteria to settle nicely into our systems at the same time, when our immune system is most vulnerable.
We’re held captive indoors with toxins.
With the cooler temps come closed windows and doors which means that all of those kitchen and bathroom cleaning fumes stay locked in. And if you’re a pet owner, how many air fresheners are plugged in? All of those toxins do a number on your liver as it tries to filter out all of the garbage piping through our system. Again, when our bodies are focused there, our immune system weakens and we catch a cold or an upper respiratory infection; possibly the flu.
My natural wellness protocol
My goal with my wellness protocol is to keep stress-free and eat clean, void of sugar, 90% of the time. Because hey, I’m human, a busy female entrepreneur and enjoy my wine; especially around the holidays. But gone are the days of over-indulging because I really don’t want to work any more than I have to to reverse the damage that I’ll cause in the process. Here’s what my typical schedule looks like:
- 6:00am: Wake up & meditate with deep breathing techniques. Or, I’ll journal for 30 minutes.
- 6:30am: Take my “wellness shot” of elderberry syrup, colloidal silver and sodium ascorbate + my AM dose of my whole food supplements.
- 7:00pm: Take a teaspoon full of coconut oil & swish (called “oil pulling) while I’m showering. Shower with 1 drop of frankincense essential oil & my “stress less” blend in my natural shampoo.
- 7:30am: Make my plant-based superfood smoothie & make my coffee with a dollop of ghee, blended.
- 8:15am: Diffuse my immune support blend of essential oils.
- 10:00am: Make a cup of bone broth to drink to support gut health.
- 12:00pm: Eat a colorful salad full of lean protein, healthy fats (nuts) and loads of veggies.
- 12:30pm: Go for a 2-3 mile walk and listen to a podcast OR do yoga.
- 1:30pm: Diffuse a motivational essential oil blend for an afternoon pick-me-up vs having another cup of coffee.
- 3:30pm: Snack with the kids – veggies and hummus or something fermented for gut health.
- 6:30pm: We choose a dish from our beloved meal planning tool. Usually something simple with a lean protein, nutrient dense veggies (brussel sprouts/root veggies) + healthy fat (avocados). Or we’ll grab one of our our clean freezer meals and toss it in the oven.
- 8:00pm: Take my nighttime whole food supplements + restful complex to get ready for bed.
- 9:00pm: Drink a cup of an herbal tea with manuka honey once it’s cooled a bit.
- 10:00pm: Lights out
I also try to drink 65oz of water a day. You want to make sure that you’re staying well hydrated, especially when your heat is running constantly.
Side note: if I’m feeling run down, I’ll up my wellness shot 3-4 times throughout the day and add in Oscillococcinum just for good measure. Take a quick screenshot of my natural wellness medicine cabinet checklist to keep it handy for some of the tools I’ve reference above. Or, download it here and print it out for reference.
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Best in health,