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The Flu is Not a Season!

The months between October 31 and mid January are marketed as Flu Season. Yes, everyone spends more time inside and there is much less daylight (and vitamin D production) but have you thought about how these months are so filled with immune supressing activities? It’s not like all of a sudden, super power germs are just waiting to jump on us and make us sick! There’s a kick off on Halloween, where sugar consumption goes through the roof, taking our immunity down a notch right there. Then the holiday season begins with parties, stress, increased alcohol and junk food consumption. Some of us feel like it’s our “last hurrah” before we start acting healthy in January.
From October through December, try to avoid these immune suppressing activities:

    -Decreased sleep,
    -Increased stress (from overspending/poor eating/relationship stress)
    -Too much sugar/alcohol and a general decrease in healthy habits
    -We feel too busy to exercise our bodies/minds/digestive systems and we seem to forget to make deposits into our health account.
Unfortunately these lifestyle choices make you a perfect breeding ground for ill health - an open door for the thousands of viruses and bacteria that exist in our environment 365 days a year. So ... don't buy into it. You are strong, healthy and vital. Treat your mindbody with the respect it deserves and stick to your healthy habits during the holidays. Indulge! ... a little, but don't make indulgence your norm. Practice the following:
    -Exercise 4-5x/week (even just 30 min)
    -Get adjusted regularly (it boosts your immune system HUGE and releases stress across your nervous system),
    -Meal plan (healthy eating doesn't happen by accident),
    -Budget (and stick to it)
    -Do what truly makes you happy during the holidays.
You aren't going to get sick ... you're going to stay healthy because that's the way you were designed to be. Just saying... You’ve got this 💜 Dr Coates