As much as I love fall and winter (the weather! the holidays! the food!), I don’t like the ensuing germs that make their way into our homes. All three of my kids are in school now, with the younger two having started preschool for the first time. Last year, I spent a week cooped up with the flu. Not cool.
This time, I’m coming prepared. I’m more than convinced that good health starts with preventative measures like these:
Keep your hands away from your face.
Germs get in our bodies through our eyes, nose and mouth. And the easiest way to help them along is putting our hands to our faces. Think about all the things your hands touch (the gas station pump, doorknobs, elevator buttons). Now count how many times you may have bitten your nail, rubbed your eye or scratched your nose. Crazy, right?
And it’s hard to keep your hands away. Usually we don’t even know we’re doing it. But the more you keep your hands away, the better chances you’ll have to keep the germs at bay.
Eat whole foods.
Confession time: My kids have packaged food in their lunch boxes. Stuff like gummy bears (“fruit snacks,” I reassure myself) or gold fish. So no, we’re not perfect here.
But generally, I try to keep my diet as rich in whole foods as possible. What does this mean? Cooking from scratch (instead of ordering food or heating up frozen skillet dinners). Increasing fruits, vegetables and grains. And eating a variety of food so you’re covering all your body’s needs from all angles.
I’ve been so busy these days that I’ve been pushing back my “turn the computer off” curfew as late as 10:30. Late, for someone who wakes up at 5:30. Not surprisingly, I have sluggish mornings the following day.
Instead, I’ve vowed to do better with sleep. I’m going to call it quits 10 minutes earlier each evening until I feel well-rested.
And I also take vitamins. Thing is, I don’t do pills. I’ve had a bad history of rashes because I was allergic to the ingredients. Instead, I’ve been drinking Zarbees.
You may remember a post I’d written on the benefits of Zarbees for busy moms. To recap, Zarbees started out as a cough syrup for kids. Creator Dr. Zac Zarbock felt there had to be a drug-free alternative for children and their coughs. So he invented his line of Zarbees products for the whole family, kids included. All the ingredients are natural, like honey, licorice or chamomile. No strange ingredients you can’t pronounce or spell.
Zarbees applies this same philosophy into its new line of products: vitamin drink mixes. You get your vitamins in a natural, delicious way and ward off those fall and winter germs.
Zarbees is available exclusively at Target (yay!). I visited my local Target and found them quickly in the cough aisle. Top rack, can’t miss them.
Notice those sale stickers on the boxes? Now until the end of September, Zarbees is offering $4 off on each vitamin drink mix. I recommend Berry Blend for a cold drink and Immunity Support for a hot one.
Take advantage of this fantastic offer and stay healthy this coming season!
Your turn: Do you get sick often in the fall and winter weather? How do you stay healthy? Have you tried Zarbees products?