• Seven Ways To Stay Healthy In Winter

    by Dr. Susan Sklar
    on Nov 12th, 2014

I’m often asked about the advisability of getting flu shots.  That’s a very individual decision. I personally do not get an annual flu shot.  When I worked in a busy hospital clinic with exposure to chronically ill people who had poorly functioning immune systems, I did get an annual flu shot.

So, it depends upon your exposure to the public or children who may be sick.  It also depends upon your unique health situation.  Regardless of your decision about flu shots, here are some tips on staying healthy during the winter season.

1. GET ENOUGH SLEEP.  Be sure to get your 7-8 hours in order to keep your immune system strong.

2. PROBIOTICS.  Much of your immunity resides in your gut.  It is the first line of defense for many exposures to illness.  Taking a good quality probiotic helps you fight infection.

3. VITAMIN D.  Vitamin D is an important immune modulator.  Maintaining good Vitamin D levels (in the 60-80 ng/ml range) will help you fight infection .

4. STRESS REDUCTION.  Take a time out to meditate, breathe deeply or take yoga or tai chi.  Lowering your stress hormone levels will help your immunity.  You are more susceptible to colds and the flu when you are stressed.

5. WASH YOUR HANDS FREQUENTLY. Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to stay healthy. Experts recommend hand-washing for 10 to 15 seconds with soap and water to reduce the spread of germs

6. CUT OUT SUGAR AND REFINED CARBS.  These have a damaging effect on your immunity.  It’s a hard time of year to avoid sugar and refined carbs, but it’s important to staying healthy.

7. IMMUCORE.  If you do feel like you are on the verge of getting sick, take Immucore, a supplement that strengthens your immune system and can help to avoid getting a full blown illness.  It is a preparation of immune mushrooms, zinc and vitamin C.  Start out by taking 3 pills twice a day until your illness has passed.

Author Dr. Susan Sklar

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