How Not to Get a Cold When It's Cold

I don't know if Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow but since we have this nasty blizzard going on I thought now would be the perfect time to discuss how to arm yourself against getting a cold. I just got over a bad three-week cold. Between getting several bad nights of sleep due and running myself ragged I had to surrender to the fact that I'm not Superwoman. To keep myself from getting sick again this winter I'm going to do the following:

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I always wear a hat or a hood. This hat is sold at the Planet Access store in Lincoln Square. It really keeps my head very warm. You can also buy it on line at

  • Instead of downing lots of sugar-ladden OJ I will get my vitamin C from broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, kohlrabi, jicama or nice baked potato. 
  • I'm going to nap when my schedule will allow me too. It's winter and it's natural for our bodies to slow down. 
  • I'm going to oil my ears. Dr. John Douillard recommends using oil infused with garlic in the ear as preventive medicine. I have been using Herbs for Kids Willow/Garlic Ear Oil. Ingredients include: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Garlic Clove (fresh), Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower, Willow Bark, Usnea Barbata (Lichen), Vitamin E Oil. 
  • I'm going to be more diligent about using my neti pot. I have a plastic neti pot that I purchased from Vitacost since I broke about a million ceramic ones. One tip that many people forget is that you need to oil your nose after cleansing. I recommend Banyan Botanicals Nasya certified organic oil. Sometimes when I don't have it around I use a little sesame oil. 
  • I'm going to de-stress as much as possible. Stress can definitely break down your immunity. I meditate before bed and take lavender scented baths. 
  • I'm going to boost my immunity with high-does probiotics. Speaking of immunity you can strengthen your immunity with probiotics. I recommend high quality brands such as Klaire Labs, Natren or BioK.

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