Have you met FLO?

November 20, 2015 by T Cassandra Straile

It’s that time of year again! Cold and flu season – ick! You do what you can: you get your flu shot; you take your daily multi-vit; you stock up on tissues and hand sanitizer and hope for the best.  How long can you really dodge all those germs at work, school, the mall and the grocery store?  Of course you should do all you can to avoid “germs” like wash your hands, prepare food correctly, use tissues correctly, etc., but luckily we have our immune system to fight off germs too! Although these days it seems like it’s never enough.  Most everyone manages to get sick this time of year – at least once.

I used to get sick EVERY year for about a week around this time. I would have to take 2-3 days off of work to recover. You know: the typical cold or stomach bug. That is until I met FLO. I now no longer get sick. I kid you not.  FLO is an acronym I use to describe what I call the three pillars of the immune system: Fermented foods, Leafy Dark greens, and Omega-3s.  Most of us don’t normally get enough of these in our daily diet. So stay jolly this Holiday Season by incorporating more of these foods into your daily diet! Here’s where to most commonly find them and why they are so important:

fermented foodsFermented Foods: Sauerkraut; Pickles; Kimchi; Kombucha tea; Miso soup; yogurt. These contain high levels of probiotics which keep your gut healthy, which is where most of your immune system lives. (Make sure these are lacto-fermented and don’t contain any preservatives or vinegar as they kill the probiotics)
leafy greensLeafy Dark Greens: Kale, Spinach, Collard Greens, Swiss Chard (any chard), Arugula, Romaine.  These foods contain the highest level of nutrients on earth.  Nutrients keep your cells strong and quickly replenish them to help fight off illness.
omega 3'sOmega-3’s: Salmon, Mackerel, Herring, Sardines, Tuna, Flax Seed, Chia Seeds or a fish oil supplement. These fats boost the function of the immune system and fight inflammation.
And remember another key part of your immune health: Sleep! Make sure you're getting your 8 hours! Stay healthy my friends and until next time.