Prevent The Flu

Flu season and annoying colds are upon us—but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer. Check out the best tips for staying healthy this winter!

 

Soak up some sun every day

A Harvard study found that people with the lowest vitamin D levels were 36% more likely to have upper respiratory infections compared with those with the highest levels. Try to get enough sunlight (even in the winter months), eat oily fish regularly or take supplements to get the recommended amount each day.

 

Ginger

This root is a natural antiviral which helps to fight illness and bacteria that cause cold. It contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which help to boost the immune system. Ginger acts as an antihistamine and decongestant which helps to ease colds symptoms. Plus, it contains chemicals called sesquiterpenes which are specifically used to target rhinoviruses (the most common family of cold viruses). Add it to your meals or drink fresh ginger tea regularly.

 

Honey

Honey provides great antioxidant, antiviral and antibacterial properties, boosts the immune system and soothes sore throats and coughs. Add 1-2 tablespoons to your hot lemon water or ginger tea.

 

Lemon

Did you know that lemon juice can kill harmful viruses on contact?  It has great antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties and is very rich in Vitamin C. During the winter months, hot lemon water is great for your immune system. If you don’t like the taste, just add some honey. But always make sure to use juice from real organic lemons, not from concentrate.

 

Garlic

Garlic is great for infections and stimulates the body’s immune system. It works best when consumed raw, either crushed, diced, or minced. Overcooking garlic may destroy important medicinal compounds and the enzymes necessary for it to be effective.

 

Cayenne

Cayenne is high in Vitamin C and can help to overcome the effects of a cold. It supports the body’s immune system and in cases of stomach aches will often elicit a rapid return to normal gastrointestinal function. Cayenne is recognized by its characteristic “heat“, which stimulates the circulation in the body. It is also very effective with sore throats.

 

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar contains powerful enzymes that promote digestion, balance the body’s pH levels, detoxify the body and fight bacteria and viruses.  Put it on your salad or try warm water with apple cider vinegar in the morning. It’s a great way to start the day and to feel more energized!

 

Avoid sugar

Not only does sugar cause weight gain, it also weakens your immune system. Sugary drinks or foods may prevent the immune system from doing its job to get rid of infections and bacteria. Yet, avoiding sugar is best done before a cold strikes.

 

Get your vitamins

There are several micro nutrients that are essential for immune health – especially during the winter. Most people don’t get enough of these nutrients through their diets. Taking additional amounts of them when you are sick or if you’re already sick, can be a big help. These include: Vitamin C, A, D, Zinc, Selenium, Omega-3 fatty acids and Iodine.

 

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

It Took 4 Days (31,000 Views)

Hello lovely people ❤

I hope you are all well on this fine Thursday morning. I am at work this morning thinking about the Cirque De Soleil Toruk performance I am going to tonight.

I am so very excited to see the talent of the people performing (they are great!) I went to Cirque De Soleil Kooza last year & THAT was amazing, I can’t wait to see what tonights performance brings. (I’ll def do a blog on this tmrw for you all)

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Anywaaaaaaays, here we are again, another 1000 views to add to the bag. 31,000 views – I cannot believe we are here at that number. 31,000 views! It leaves me gobbsmacked bc I truly thought no one would want to read my blog when I first started. I thought no one would be interested in the things I want to share BUT… I was VERY wrong. Everyone has LOVED it, I have received such great feedback on this blog & I am loving having the support, guidance & motivation.

I had nominated one of my biggest supporters Gail from Gail Loves God for the Lovely Blog Award. & to think of the way she thinks of me & speaks of me, I am so thankful to have a beautiful friend like her. Gail has called me ‘Lovely A’ from GET-GO. I am so grateful to have the support from her that I do.

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I am also working along side w/ Carly from Message In Stanza on something great for you all. HAHA 😛 I am going to be trying AMERICAN FOOD & you’ll get to see my reaction. Carly is than going to do the same w/ Australian food (ie Vegemite, lamingtons & Oreos). I am excited for you to see that. (Stay tuned, this will be popping up very soon)

Thank you to everyone once again for all the love & kindness you bring to my page I post bc of all of you. Without you, this blog wouldn’t be where it is today. I am beyond grateful ❤

THE WEEKEND IS COMING! What does everyone have planned? I have SUCCCCCCH a busy weekend this weekend. I can’t wait to share my weekend with you all. On Saturday, I am going to the Mind, Body & Spirit Festival than going swimming. On Sunday, I am going to Barangaroo in Sydney, Australia for a walk w/ Rach than Rach is taking me to The Langham in Sydney for a beautiful birthday treat filled with massages, spa/pool time & high tea. (I am very grateful for this!)

Below is what the spa/pool area looks like :O :O :O :O

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Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)