Is your immunity strong and are you staying healthy this winter? Seems that everywhere we turn, someone is sick, whether it’s a cold, sinus infections, flu, bronchitis or any other complication that slows us down.
It seems that I wasn’t able to buffer this last bug round that made its way through our family.
It started with my oldest granddaughter, then passed onto my youngest daughter, her husband, my husband and then myself.
I have to tell you, I don’t like being sick, as I’m sure no one does. It really is a rareity for me. It’s literally been years, especially to the point of donning the throne and burying my face in the trash can at the same time. I know, not a pretty sight to imagine.
My point in sharing all the gory details is to make us aware of the importance of our immunity.
Our gut health literally is 75-80% of our immune health. If you suffer from chronic stress, eat a lot of processed foods, sugar, white flours, white bread, etc. you are compromising your health.
While I’ve been blessed with a great immune system, obviously I have a chink in the armor, which has made me sit up and pay attention. I can pinpoint areas that are weak.
In the last several months, stress has been higher, sleep not as good, sugar intake higher, especially over the holidays and my fitness routine not as regular as it should be and guess what, my body gave me a time out AND a chance to clean up my act.
Can you relate to my story? If so, perhaps your body has been waving red flags at you too!
Do you know how to identify these so called “red flags”?
- More frequent headaches
- Sleep patterns disrupted more regularly
- Catching colds frequently
- Catching office bugs, when you didn’t used to
- No energy
- Short tempered or moody
Honestly the list could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. I call these symptoms red flags, because they really are little signs that our body is really struggling to keep up.
Part of ridding yourself of the “flags” is self-awareness. For me, I knew that I really had to create more balance in my life, which lowers stress, carve out more “me” time to exercise, meditate, or whatever self-care I need, eliminate the sugar habit and by doing these few things, really does help my body care for me as a whole.
While I’ve been doing better, I obviously had already done the damage and now it’s time to rebuild and renew.
My go to’s are always:
- Bone broth
- Lower sugar intake, especially processed sugars
- More healthy saturated fats for satiety
- More sleep, it’s winter and time to recharge
- More exercise, this also helps improve sleep
- Supplement with vitamin D3, unless you are blessed with a lot of sunshine this time of year
- Take in good quality fermented cod liver oil
- Carving out me time for meditation, prayer, soaking baths, etc.
You can add whatever works for you personally, the point is to take charge and not put this off any longer.
The thing about red flags are that they turn into BIG red flags and then they turn into full blown illness or disease if you continue to ignore them.
While I’m happy to say, today, as I’m writing this and getting ready to send out to you, I’m about 80%, which means that I’m well on my way to recouping my strength back and today, I have no more headache, I can function again….hooray!!!
So, my strong advisory message to you is this.
If you can identify with any of the red flags I mentioned, or you know of others that you’ve been experiencing, take my advice and do something about it. There is no better time than the present. Taking action creates steps in the right direction.
Your health is one of the most important foundational pieces of your life and it’s too important to ignore or not make time for. You are valued and you are a gift! Take charge today.
Don’t know where to begin or need some guidance, reach out and let’s see if we can unravel what’s truly going on and get you on the right path to health and healing.
Can you relate to what I’ve shared? If so, please comment below and let’s help each other.
To your health,
Holistic Wellness Mentor