Dr. Schulze’s 9 Tips to Prevent Colds and Flu

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Our slimming body wrap is good for you year-round, but with winter around the corner, keep these tips in mind to keep you healthy and happy.

1. Breathe Clean Airwoman sick in bed
Do your best to keep the air around you clean and fresh, if possible. This isn’t always feasible, say in offices, but at home you can control air quality. Aim to have the air you breath be droplet free, which you can do by using an air purifier. Be sure the air purifier has both an ionizer and a HEPA filter. These features filter out and destroy infected material before you inhale it.

You can also create your own therapeutic air freshener with essential oils. The essential oils in this recipe will kill viruses and bacteria on contact.

Use a small spray bottle (30 ml) and fill with purified water. Add 10 – 15 drops each of the following essential oils:


Adjust amount of oils based on preference.

2. Avoid Sick People
The most common way to catch a cold or the flu is through contact with someone that is already sick. Specifically, exposure to their saliva or bodily fluids puts you at risk. Therefore, avoid contact with infected people.

3. Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Infected droplets on your hands are harmless there. However, bacteria and viruses can easily be transferred to your upper respiratory tract by rubbing your eyes or nose or touching your mouth. Washing hands frequently can certainly help, but more important is to keep your hands and fingers a way from your face.

4. Wash Your Hands
Scientists believe that droplets infected with bacteria and viruses can stay active and contagious for up to eight hours. Combine that with the fact that you are coming in contact with more infected droplets than any other time of the year and you can see why frequent hand washing is important. Shoot for hand washing once per hour and especially when you’re out of your home. Use of antibacterial soap is NOT necessary!

5. Move More and Get Outside
The immune system relies on whole body movement to massage and pump white blood cells around the lymphatic system. The heart only pumps blood, not lymph and exercise is the only way to circulate lymph through the body. It’s easy to slack off and slow down physically during the winter. Nonetheless, because of the risk factors noted above, it’s really important to get outside for fresh air and to move! Getting a sweat going is also critical along with stretching and bending at least five times a week for 30 minutes each time.

Science has now shown that low levels of vitamin D are linked to a greater risk of contracting the flu or getting a cold. The best and easiest way to hike your Vitamin D levels is to get outside for 10 to 15 minutes daily.

6. Stay Warm
Yes, get outside for the fresh air and to move. However, there is scientific evidence linking the body getting chilled with increased chance of viral or bacterial infection. Don’t risk it – dress warmly enough and in layers to stay warm.

7. Keep It Positive
Your immune system can be negatively impacted by angry, dysfunctional, toxic people! Avoid spiritually and emotionally sick people. It may also help to avoid other negative inputs like the news and other media shows. Remember that the vast majority of people in the world have pretty good days.

8.Boost Your Immunity
Taking really good care of your immune system during cold and flu season can pay off in spades. Get it operating at its peak by eating clean, whole foods most of the time. Eat fermented foods or take a reputable probiotic to keep the gut healthy and happy. Keep your enegery up by exercising and managing stress regularly.

9. Don’t Skimp on Sleep
Lack of sleep really stresses the body. There is mounting scientific evidence that less than seven hours of sleep daily can more than double the likelihood of contracting a viral or bacterial infection, when exposed to it. Avoid stimulating media one hour before bedtime. Be sure your room is cool, dark and quiet for optimal sleep.

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