How do you stay well at work?
In the air we breathe and the surfaces we touch.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health: “A person has more bacteria on their body than there are people in the United States.”
In your workplace, germs are present on your desk, garbage can, computer keyboard, desk phone, light switch, and writing instruments.
If you’re like most busy professional women, you work in an environment with other people. Before you give up and give in to getting sick this winter, here are seven holistic things you can do to stay well at work.
Seven Tips to Boost Your Immune System Inside and Out
When it comes to staying well at work, instead of focusing on what not to touch, whose hand not to shake, or spraying Lysol when someone sneezes, boost your immune system inside and out. Here’s how:
- Take 1,000mg of Vitamin C daily.
If you keep your immune system healthy, germs will not be able to get a foothold. Vitamin C naturally strengthens your immune system.
- Boost to 5,000mg of Vitamin C daily if you’re feeling congested.
- Take 5,000mcgs of garlic daily.
Garlic is nature’s antibiotic. To avoid garlic breath, buy enteric-coated tablets. Because garlic is a blood thinner, skip this tip if you are taking prescribed blood thinning medication.
- Spray lavender essential oil.
Lavender has healing and antiseptic properties. In the past, it was used to clean wounds and sterilize surgical equipment. Buy some for your desk. Spray it on your hands as an antiseptic, and on items you want to disinfect. It will make your office smell good, and no one will suspect you’re avoiding germs.
- Drink ginger tea.
Hot water with ginger (a sliver of fresh or in a tea bag) with lemon juice and a small amount of honey while sipped at work has surprising health benefits! Ginger tea with lemon and honey helps you relax, boosts your immune system, and triggers weight loss. What’s not to like about ginger tea?
- Eliminate sugar.
When at work, don’t eat sugar. Why? Sugar reduces your immune system’s ability to fight off germs by 75%! Instead, purchase some candy sweetened with xylitol, such as Tom & Jenny’s Sugar-Free Soft Caramels if you’d like a sweet treat during the day.
- Get plenty of sleep at night — not during the day!
Not getting enough sleep lowers the effectiveness of your immune system and makes you drowsy during the day. In a previous blog post, I wrote about five things you can do to get a good night’s sleep. I recommend visiting with a holistic health consultant to create a personalized sleep plan that includes healthy eating and the addition of natural supplements.
Germs. They’re all around us and impossible to avoid. However, as busy professional women, there are things you can do to stay well at work this winter. Instead of focusing on what not to touch, whose hand not to shake, or spraying Lysol when someone sneezes, boost your immune system inside and out with these seven tips.