1. Good Night, Sweetheart
Eleventh-hour wedding tasks like creating the seating chart or assembling favors may tempt an all-nighter; even the excitement of the wedding day approaching can leave you wide eyed and bushy tailed until the wee hours. But research says that sleep boosts the immune system… not to mention the phrase “beauty sleep” came from somewhere. Time management is crucial to get some shuteye, and if you’re having trouble drifting off, implement a relaxing ritual prior to hitting the sheets, like a warm bath, a cup of chamomile, lavender scented candles, or snuggling up to a good book. Watch your alcohol intake during pre-wedding occasions such as the bachelor party or engagement parties. Alcohol can impede healthy sleep patterns. Bonus tip: sex is a fantastic tension reliever and is great for inviting slumber!
2. Nourish Yourself
If you’re considering skipping meals to lose a few pounds, think again. Studies show that people who eat only 1-2 meals a day actually weigh more on average than those with square diets. If you’re constantly on-the-go, keep snacks handy that include lean proteins, fruits & veggies, and complex carbohydrates. Hummus, cottage cheese on tomato slices, apples & oranges, and almond butter on whole-wheat crackers or toast are great examples. Your body will need to maintain its energy to ward off fatigue and illness.
3. Become a Tad Germophobic
Wash your hands at least 5x a day with soap and water. If you’re drinking enough water (some suggest as many ounces as you weigh) this shouldn’t be a problem! Be sure to lather the soap. Friction while washing is essential to reach all surfaces of your hands. You should scrub for 20 seconds; try singing the ABCs to keep track. Be wary of communally used items, such as restaurant condiments, grocery carts, and gas pumps. Use paper towels to handle them or use antibacterial wipes before touching them. Wipes also come in handy when you’re without a sink.
4. Take Your Juice Plus+
Even if you eat a healthy diet, give your body a boost. For the cost of an apple a day, Juice Plus+ adds the nutrition of at least 17 fruits, vegetables, and grains to your diet. And while vitamin supplements have very little research to show their benefits, Juice Plus+ has been researched by hundreds of medical professionals, institutions and universities to show that it supports the immune system, generates healthier skin, improves dental & gum health, and even reduces oxidative stress and inflammation to get you back to good faster if you do get sick.
Speaking of the Unspeakable…
According to Fitnessmagazine.com, these are some meals you can help to speed up the recovery if you do catch cold.
A fiery chili made with onions and garlic provides antiviral properties, and beans are applauded for having lots of B vitamins, great for the immune system. Tomatoes top it off with vitamin C. The spice will also clear your sinuses!
Pack a big punch of vitamin C with two tiny clementines. Since their skins peel off effortlessly, they’re great on the go because you don’t have to worry about a sticky fingers aftermath.
A Half Roast Beef Sandwich
At only about 210 calories, both roast beef and whole grain bread are great sources of zinc, which has been shown to stop the growth of some bacteria and viruses in the body.
Warm broth comforts and soothes an achy and uncomfortable body, not to mention the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha found that chicken soup helps control the production and spread of inflammation and congestion-causing neutrophils.
Tuna comes packed with glutamine, an amino acid that helps step up your immune system’s efficiency and can decrease the likelihood of an upper respiratory infection.
Make a congestion-busting tea by steeping chopped raw ginger in boiling water for about 10 minutes and sweeten the deal with a teaspoon of throat-soothing honey.
What’s my favorite pick? Spicy Indian food!
Your sinuses will thank you for packing on the heat, but the herb turmeric, found in curry powder, has preliminary scientific findings to suggest it has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve congestion and sneezing as effectively as some over-the-counter medicines. Some raita on the side will cool the mouth, and you’ll benefit from the active cultures found in yogurt, which the Mayo Clinic found to enhance the immune system, and a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics shows that they reduce symptoms of respiratory infections by up to 63%.