Nobody wants to catch a cold or get the summer sniffles right before they’re ready to head out on that long-awaited vacation. Air travel, planes with recycled air and confined spaces can be incubators for germs, but how can you strengthen immunity before you take that flight?
I just finished reading a fantastic article that my friend Ahou sent, Get Defensive, that explains how to really boost immunity. Here are two easy ways, that even people with the busiest schedules can manage to fit in before they head out for their summer break:
Supplement Your Diet Safely
Skip those supplement pills and fortify your meals with foods that are bursting with vitamins and minerals. Spinach, broccoli, carrots, red peppers, and sweet potato carry high levels of the antioxidants that your body needs to get the immune system strong. Here are some ways to get more of these delcious veggies into your meals.
- Instead of making tacos, sandwiches, and salads with lettuce use baby spinach. It has a mild flavor and it only takes one cup to get good amounts of vitamins like A,C, and K.
- Dust off that mini chopper or food processor in your cabinet and toss in broccoli, carrots, and red pepper. Stir them into store-bought soups, sprinkle on top of salads, and fold them into your spaghetti made with store-bought sauce.
- Stock your freezer with goodies the whole family craves like these yummy sweet potato fries that cook up in 25 minutes or make your own.
Try washing your hands more frequently – especially when you come home from traveling in the car, train, or subway. Studies show that about 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Check here for the proper way to wash your hands.