Hello again. I hope you’ve all been well. Over here, it’s been a busy fall, and I’ve already dealt with one “near miss” as far as getting sick goes. It was a sore throat that could’ve taken a turn for the worst (worse?–Grammar Police, help me out here). Anyways, I fought back, and luckily beat it quickly. I’m definitely thankful for that!
I know it might be a bit of a pre-holiday buzzkill to talk about germs and colds right before Thanksgiving, but ya gotta admit that this post is timely. Take these hints with you on any holiday travels as we head into this busy season and beyond. Today I’m bringing in an expert to guest post about this important topic.
My friend Athena is seriously awesome. Athena is a diet coach that has trademarked her own system Find her at TheAthenaeffect.com . She basically rewires people’s habits for permanent results. Since, according to her, actual “diets” don’t work. OH! And PLEASE don’t label her! She corrects people who call her a nutritionist. She does have all the certifications, but they can’t compare to the 20-plus years experience.
Her approach to food and life is very inspirational, yet very real….and doable. Sustainable. She’s kind, she’s fun, and very smart.
I often go to Athena with health-related questions. She’s saved my behind a couple of times with her advice I promise you that.
So with cold and flu season sadly upon us, I turned to her for some tips on preventing getting bugs in the first place, and what to do if the crud does come knocking.
Speaking of knocking, knock on wood, but I get sick FAR less than I used to, which is minor miracle, considering that as a Yoga teacher, I have direct physical contact with of hundreds of sweaty people every single week. This wasn’t always the case back in my office working days. I’d be sick several times a season, minimum, even though I wasn’t in contact with nearly as many people per day. If anything, I’m at a much higher risk now for catching bugs. But I’m also more vigilant now than I used to be about keeping my immune system humming, using Athena’s methods and some of my own. Now for Athena’s tips. Take it away, Athena:
I’m all about prevention. But then, there’s only so much one can do. Like if some person comes to the gym hacking, there’s a great chance to spread it!
1) MOST importantly!! Wash your hands OFTEN. Any soap, doesn’t matter. Wash them for 15 seconds with soapy warm water. The hands are basically the biggest trigger. We touch the germs, then touch our face. And if we touch either our eyes, nose or mouth, it gets infected, as those are open.
2) If you don’t have a sink with soap and water around, DO carry hand sanitizer and use it often.
3) INSIST your clients/friends/family/associates WASH there hands before they see you and touch you to say hello. Or insist they use the sanitizer. This is NOT a big thing to ask. It’s practicing good habits. All of my clients are trained. They all want to give me a hug when they see me, and that’s totally cool, but I INSIST they wash their hands first! Hey they probably just got off a disgusting subway!! I don’t ask, but its a good assumption.
4) Don’ t Spread it Around, And Speak Up if Others Are: It infuriates me to hear that someone comes to the gym coughing and sick!! Its selfish and stupid. They’re not doing any good for THEM, NOR anybody else. Let’s assume its ignorance as this will at least infuriate us less. But literally last year, people were coming to my favorite Yoga studio sick, hacking and all of it. I was SO pissed off that I talked to my good friend, who is the studio owner, and had her send out a newsletter saying if you are sick: STAY HOME! That it isn’t right to infect other people.
Plus, the truth is, the way the body works once a bug sets in is that the worst thing anyone can do is work out. Your body then uses its energy to recover from the workout instead of using its energy to fend off the bug. Again, ignorance. Or stubbornness. Or both!! But DO go ahead and enlighten them!! You can’t do anything about the way they receive the information. But it’s not your problem.
5) GET a FLU shot. Really. Encourage all your students to do so too. They give them at all pharmacies for about $25. I get 1 every year. It’s not smart not to. Because just think of how much work and money you’ll lose if you get the flu!! It is a 10 days thing. Literally you can’t do anything.
Bria’s Note: I know a lot of people are against vaccinations, for a variety of reasons. Consult with your health care provider and use your judgment in deciding whether or not to get the flu shot. I’ve gotten it some years; other years I’ve skipped it. It’s your call; do your research, then do what’s best for you and your loved ones.
6) Easy Daily Preventatives: As a daily maintenance, I aim to do 3 packs of Emergen-C daily, but the biggest help really is a product called: “Super Immune” By Quantum Labs. They carry it at Whole Foods. White and green bottle. Not expensive either. (Like $12).They carry a Lysine one too but this one’s superior. Between these, the hand washing and the flu shot it’s all good protection.
Bria’s Note: Another impressive crud kicking formula is Wellness Formula by Source Naturals. I swear by this stuff. I take it at the first signs of imbalance, and it’s saved me from dropping deep into sickness more times than I can count. It can be taken, in lower doses, as a preventative as well.
Get all of these at iherb and use my coupon code for $5 off your first order: TAV642
Bonus: They always have free shipping on orders over $20, and for orders of $40 or more, and it’s 1-3 day expedited shipping now (They’ve upgraded!)
Ok, now back to Athena:
7) Lysol: I am a BIG Lysol person. The real spray Lysol. (Wipes don’t kill anything). I’m anal about spraying doorknobs, faucet handles, toilet seat, toilet handle, light switches. Lysol is meant for surfaces. Not to be sprayed in the air. It’s literally the ONLY product that kills streph, viruses, bacteria and the list goes on. I do Lysol daily. Yes, its a serious chemical, but the positives outweigh the other stuff.
8 ) If You Do Get Sick: Finally, if you DO get sick, immediately start Oscillococcinum Those homeopathic pellets. Do the chicken soup, tea and don’t do dairy when you’re congested. Dairy creates more of the mucous. Also, do NOT work out! You’ll just be sicker longer. And I’m a crazy bodybuilder and even WE know better. Getting sick is your body’s message to slow down and rest it.
Bria here again. I learned a lot just reading and (lightly) editing this post.
I think that last sentence of Athena’s is simple, yet profound. “Getting sick is your body’s message to slow down and rest it.”
We should listen to our bodies, yes?
On that note, the next post in this series will highlight some techniques I personally use to help me fight back when I feel myself coming down with something, and how I shorten the duration of the sickness if I do succumb.
For now, I’m going to put together my next iherb order, and make sure I buy some Lysol next time I hit up the drugstore. Take good care, guys, and feel free to leave your preventative remedies and immunity boosting tips in the comments. Happy Thanksgiving to those who are celebrating it!