*** Remember - PLEASE PLEASE KNOW you do not HAVE to get sick. A lot of times you have a choice in the matter. Here are a couple options to help

#1 Take Care of your GUT health. Your digestive system controls 70% of your immune system. We recommend taking a daily probiotic and eating fermented foods to build up your system. Then following steps 2-7 to continually build your system up. 

#2 Stay uber hydrated. Not just 'hydrated' - Uber hydrated. More water does not always mean more hydration. You need electrolytes too. Start with sprinkling a little salt (super cheap) in your water and put a little more on your food (consume food with water). If you want the fancy/tasty way to get hydrated, buy some Salt Sticks or Nuun tablets from us - They work exceptionally well. 

#3 AVOID SUGAR. Sugar is the fastest way to kill your immune system and GUARANTEE you'll get sick. 

#4 AVOID GRAINS. Everyone's favorite food this time of year as those cookies just force their way in to your mouth. If you eat a cookie, know you're making a decision that can be potentially avoided if you follow #4

#5 Sleep 9 hours per night. HAHA. Yeah right. But seriously. The more sleep you get, the more your immune system will like you and the faster you'll heal from workouts/reduce inflammation etc... This should be #1 on the list but isn't realistic for most people. Coming to a 5:30am class?? You need to be in bed by 8:30pm at the latest...

#6 AVOID Sugar AND Alcohol. Miss that one from above? Yeah - it's that important. And alcohol - Now is a great time of year to give it up. 

#7 Supplements. 1) Probiotic 2) Fermented foods 3) Salt Sticks or Nuuns 4) Fish Oil

Other Tips and Tricks You'll think are weird but work amazingly - But please try them for yourself. 

  • Do you take a probiotic or eat live foods? We have a soil based Pro-b at the gym. Eat Sauerkraut or Kimchi daily. You'll develop the taste eventually. 

  • Eat raw garlic if you feel a cold coming on. Then stay as far away from me and others as possible and/or chew gum/breath mints etc..

  • Get upside down if you have a head cold. Either hold a hand stand or just hang your head off the end of your bed. There is a story behind this but I forget - It just works. 

  • Lay off dairy (Milk, Yogurt etc.) and nuts (including nut butters). They all spike blood sugar and encourage inflammation = higher chance of getting sick. 

  • Prior to bed, 1 teaspoon of honey, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and hot water. It's a sleep time cocktail. 

  • Swish your teeth with coconut oil (1 tbsp) in the morning prior to eating anything. Work your way up to 10 minutes at a time (start with 1 minute).