This Means War.

Okay, I know.  Terrible pun of the Sun Tzu classic, but look here: his tactics are tried and true and that's the point I'm driving home to you today, readers.  Immunity is vital.

With the changing seasons, we must prepare ourselves for this time of the year.  But what's the POA?  I have one for you, and can almost guarantee that it's a sure-fire way to ward off colds or the flu and amp up your immunity.  Plus, your voice will feel powerful and refreshed.  Remember:  we are athletes so we must train our bodies like athletes!  Let's think of how an athlete prepares for an upcoming competition and parallel that.  

The Do's!

1.  EmergenC or AirBorne

For boosted immune support, take one packet or tablet daily with breakfast and lunch.  I swear by this stuff!  Anytime I feel like I'm coming down with a cold, I take an extra one of these babies and ZAP!  What cold?! 

2.  Zinc Lozenges

If you feel like you're coming down with a cold, take a zinc lozenge to help shorten the duration.  Zinc helps the body resist infection, plus it plays a vital role in tissue repair.  Also, *bonus* it may lower the ability of cold viruses to grow on or bind to the lining of your nose if taken as a spray, however, do note that it's not recommended to use a spray for more than 5 days in a row.  So only add this into your routine if you feel you're getting a cold or if you already have one.

3.  Eucalyptus Oil

Got Phlegm?  No problem, we have a remedy!  Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil to a pot of boiling water.  Carefully hover over the pot and inhale the vapors.  This helps reduce any inflammation in the passageways and expel built up mucous.  You can also apply the oil on the corners of your pillowcase for easy inhalation at night.  This helps you breathe and sleep better.

4.  Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw apple cider vinegar (like Bragg's Organic) is a natural antibiotic germ fighter.  ACV has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, plus it's rich in vitamins, minerals and trace elements.  That being said, listen up.  Add a tablespoon to 8 ounces of H20 to your morning routine (preferably after breakfast so you're not digesting it on an empty stomach).  Colds and viruses thrive in acidic ph levels and APV will help maintain the alkaline state of your body. 

5.  Sleep!

Go home once you've finished your school and/or work, and doze off for the next 8 hours.  Absolutely no excuses.  Sleep is a priority!

So your assignment this week:  STOCK UP, KIDS!  But also, track your sleeping and eating patterns.  How many hours are you sleeping per night?  How many meals per day?  Track the time of each meal.  When do you take your vitamins?  Do you take vitamins?  If so, which ones?  The point of this assignment is to raise awareness to your daily habits because it all contributes to execution.  Once that's established, we can weave in the remedies as it feels appropriate to you.

To finish out this week's post, I've included a television segment featuring the incredible mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne.  Believe it or not, she was suffering from a severe cold when she gave this performance from "La Cenerentola".  Marilyn is the epitome of excellent vocal athleticism, so all in favor of aspiring to be like Marilyn Horne, say aye!  

Okay, minus the hair.  Sorry, Marilyn.  We love you, nonetheless!