Friday, January 20, 2012

It's That Time of Year

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It's that time of year when the weather does funny things.  Funny things like disguise winter as spring with warmer weather and then turn back into winter the very next day.  Now we've added rain to the mix (which the area so desperately needs so I'm totally not complaining about it) and we're really having fun.  Unfortunately, it seems that the fun is not necessarily shared by those friends, family, colleagues and strangers around me who have been sniffling, sneezing, coughing, hacking and every other variation of all of the above.  Most recently my mom has gotten sick with a really bad cold that's she's having a hard time kicking.

And me?  Well, for someone who would normally experience more than 1 cold/flu/overall yuckiness by now, I have escaped with a couple of sinus headaches.  And that's it.  No I have not submitted myself to a flu shot.  No, I haven't done anything extraordinary this season versus the last season to help me ward off the germs in my environment.  But I have done 3 things, which I have not previously done before...and it's this:

1.  Eat fruit, including some citrus, every day.  I don't think there's much explanation needed about this.  We're talking the intake of natural vitamins including vitamin C.  Of course, that's going to do nothing but help make you're immune system stronger.

2.  Regularly without fail take a daily multivitamin.  Again, no real explanation needed for this one right?  I mean, come on.  How many of us get all the nutritional value that we need daily from our diet alone.  Anyone?

3.  Taken at least 100 mg of pycnogenol every single day.  If at the end of the day I start to feel like a cold or something is coming on, I take another 100 mg before going to bed.  This one might need more explanation obviously as this is something that I had never heard of myself until my honey told me about it when I mentioned not feeling well.  His doctor had suggested it to him to keep him from easily catching viruses as he travels a lot for work.  Pycnogenol is a plant extract from the maritime pine tree and is apparently a highly powerful natural antioxidant.  You can find out more information here.  

And that's it.  So far so good.  I'm also crossing my fingers too that I make it through spring with the same success.

Obviously I'm not a doctor, and I'm not advocating or endorsing anything here.  Just sharing information of what extra I've been doing to keep myself from getting sick like everyone else.  Like me, choose to do with what you feel comfortable with at your own risk.

Is there anything you all are doing differently to ward off common illnesses everyone seems to get this time of year?  I'm totally interested in hearing about them!



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