Healthy Habits for the End of Summer

Summer colds and flu are the worst. It’s happened to many of us, and if you have big plans coming up, you don’t want to be sick – you have things to do before the weather gets chilly! If you have kids, you know they will be going back to school soon or started already, which also means more exposure to germs for everyone in your family. We have some tips and reminders below to help you and your family stay healthy so you can finish the summer strong!

Keep those immune systems in tip-top shape!
It’s important to boost your whole family’s immune system to help keep illness away. Remembering foods with lots of antioxidants can help give the immune system what it needs to fight off infections. Some great foods to consume that are high in antioxidants are dark chocolate, strawberries, spinach, blueberries, kale, broccoli, and raspberries. In addition, remember to take your Triangle of Wellness on a daily basis; every product within the Triangle of Wellness system supports proper immune system function*!

Kyäni Sunrise can be a great addition to a healthy diet. Mix it in smoothies with other delicious fruits and vegetables to help give you and your family a healthy boost. Further, the Vitamin A Beta Carotene and vitamin D in Kyäni Sunset also provide great immune system support. Lastly, Kyäni Nitro helps your body absorb all of the beneficial nutrients within Kyäni Sunrise and Sunset**!

Foster healthy habits to prevent illness
It’s easy for us to forget that germs are everywhere, which is why it’s important to practice healthy habits. Wash your hands properly–especially after blowing your nose, using the bathroom, and before eating; make sure you are also washing your hands for at least 20 seconds every time.
Summer usually means a lot of group events as well (fairs, concerts, shopping, amusement parks, etc.), which usually means more exposure to germs. Research suggests you touch your face, mouth, eyes, and nose about 16 times an hour, so handwashing is important when you are out and about! If you can’t get to a sink, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content. Also, avoid touching your eyes or mouth as much as possible to help reduce your risks of getting sick. In addition, be sure to remind your kids to avoid sharing cups or utensils with others. At work and at home, make it a habit to disinfect heavily touched areas–especially if someone is sick.

Get good sleep
With our busy schedules, it’s hard to get the sleep we need every night, but sleep is critical for a healthy immune system. Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night. If you struggle to get yourself to bed on time, an alarm can not only wake you in the morning, but it can also remind you it’s time for sleep!

Keep air conditioning at a reasonable temperature
According to Ronald Eccles, director of the Common Cold Centre at the University of Wales, moving from warm outdoors to highly air-conditioned spaces can make people more vulnerable to sickness in the summer. The chilling “lowers the defenses in the nose and throat by causing constriction of the blood vessels,” Eccles says, “If a virus is already present, this reduces immunity.” If your air conditioning is particularly frigid, consider turning it down a bit!

Get your blood pumping!
Exercise is great for your body on so many levels. Research suggests that consistent exercise can help give your immune system a boost. Even a brisk 30-minute walk can be beneficial for your health! Exercise can also help lower the stress hormones that may have negative effects on the immune system.
Whether you are taking an end-of-summer vacation, prepping for back to school, or just want to stay cold/flu free, take these tips and put them into practice to stay healthy, so you can get the job done, prepare for school, or enjoy the last bits of summer!

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* Sunrise contains Vitamin B6, B12, Folic Acid and Vitamin C that contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Sunset contains Vitamin A and Vitamin D that contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Nitro Xtreme contains Zinc that contributes to the normal function of the immune system.
** Nitro Xtreme contains Thiamin & Niacin that contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism. Zinc that contributes to normal acid-base metabolism, normal carbohydrate metabolism, macronutrient metabolism, metabolism of fatty acids, metabolism of vitamin A. Nitro Xtreme also contains Chromium that contributes to normal macronutrient metabolism.
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