Ways to Avoid the Common Cold and Flu
•Frequent hand washing
•Get a Flu Vaccine
•Stay very far away from anyone who kinda seems like they might maybe possibly be a little sick.
•GET A MASSAGE
Wait- what??? Get a massage?? YES! It’s true! you can finally add something enjoyable to that list of ways to prevent illness.
"Researchers working with patients with compromised immune systems have found massage therapy can improve how the immune system functions," said Jeff Smoot, President of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA). "Those same benefits translate to people seeking to fight off the common cold, flu and other seasonal illnesses."
Massage therapy increases the activity level of the body's white blood cells that work to combat viruses. According to research from Cedars-Sinai, participants in a Swedish massage group experienced significant changes in lymphocytes, which play a large role in defending the body from disease.(i) A lymphocyte is one of the three subtypes of white blood cells in the immune system.
Come get a massage with Suzy or Elizabeth and keep the flu far away! We’ll help you out with that sore arm after your Flu shot too.
*If you are currently sick, or feel you are getting sick, sorry- it's too late! Massage is not a good idea in these circumstances.
The four of us have some tips and remedies of our own to keep you cold free:
Layne says- Your skin is the largest organ in the body and primarily an organ of protection. Staying hydrated and maintaining your skins barrier function is your best protection from disease. So, that means moisturize! Also, wear makeup- being glam can keep you from touching your face throughout the day and transferring germs.
Suzy recommends- ACF extra strength, dietary supplement. Take 2 tablespoons 3 times a day with food at the onset of a cold. It’s tastes horrible, but it works! You can find some at Earth Fare.
Jennifer says- Get plenty of sleep and swab your nose with the antibiotic ointment Polysporin. It will put a barrier in between you and the funk.
Elizabeth recommends- An Emergen-C smoothie, on a daily basis or when you start to feel sick. Orange juice, frozen fruit of your choice, and a packet of Emergen-C in the blender. It’s great for daily energy and that boost of C and B vitamins. Also, fresh air and sunshine!