4 Ways to Stay Healthy in the New Year

Posted January 18, 2016 in self-care, staying healthy, common cold, sleeping, lemon water, probiotics, Life Equals, Amino

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*This post was created for Amino. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Each January for the past few years, I have come down with a crazy terrible cold. The type of cold that has me laying on the couch wrapped up in blankets, keeping the Kleenex box nearby, coughing like a maniac and feeling like death is near.

With a packed schedule and tons of exciting projects to work on, I was determined to avoid my usual new year sickness. So I've been doing a few simple things to stay healthy!

1. Practice self-care daily. I tend to get sick when I'm overworked and stressed out. Stress weakens your immune system making it easier to catch a cold. I start most mornings with meditation, I fit in yoga a few times a week, I relax with a cup of hot tea in the evenings and pamper myself with at-home spa treatments like facial masks or manicures each week. 

2. Sleep. Getting enough sleep is another way to keep your immune system strong. Most days, I get up at 5 a.m. to teach or take fitness classes. But last week I realized that I was only getting 5-6 hours of sleep each night, and I was feeling pretty run down. I started skipping my morning workouts and opting for post-work exercise so that I could log a few extra hours of sleep each night. 

3. Drink warm water with lemon. You've probably heard that vitamin C helps prevent colds. It's true! When you're stressed out, the levels of vitamin C in your body drop, compromising your immune system. Lemons are full of vitamin C! So starting your day with a mug of warm lemon water will give you an extra boost before a stressful day.

4. Take a daily probiotic. Studies show that probiotics help boost your immune system. I take a high quality daily probiotic supplement that has 25 Billion CFUs per capsule. You can check it out here.

If you do get sick in the new year, try using Amino, a website that makes finding a doctor quick and painless. Simply answer a few quick questions about your needs, preferences and condition or procedure you're considering. Amino analyzes a secure database of 5 billion health care interactions to find matches based on the number of people like you they've treated. You pick a doctor based on your preferences, from the office location to the doctor's gender.

What are some simple ways that you stay healthy?


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