Avoiding “The Plague”

Let’s be honest here, we all get sick, well at least most of us. And sometimes sickness plagues us at the most inopportune times, like finals week. Times like these, call for extra measures. Being sick during finals week just makes everything harder, but there are some things that you can do to help keep your immune system healthy and ward off any inklings of sickness.

  1. Drink Water. I cannot stress this enough. Dehydration can cause a myriad of issues, including lowering your immune system.
  2. Eat Healthier. Again, I say this all the time, it’s not about eating completely healthy and clean, it is about balance. Yeah, you can totally stress eat some cookies and chips, but make sure to have plenty of fruits and veggies to off set those treats.
  3. Garlic Pills. Garlic has been shown to help your immune system fight off colds and my Calc Professor always told me to eat raw garlic if I was getting sick. If raw garlic isn’t your thing, I would recommend taking Aged Garlic Pills if you think you are catching a cold.
  4. Oregano Oil. It has been shown in some preliminary research to be an anti-viral agent, so once again, if you feel a cold coming on, then it worth taking. I put two drops into a glass of warm water and drink 2-3 times a day.
  5. Vitamin C. I never really have a problem getting enough of this in my diet, but if you think that you are low in Vitamin C, it might not hurt to take a supplement or two.
  6. Vitamin D. If you live somewhere like Washington, you probably aren’t getting enough of it. You have two options, get outside on those sunny days and/or supplement with a good vitamin D supplement.
  7. Exercise. It is good for your body and for your overall mental health. Stress = higher cortisol levels, which in turns means a lowered immune system. But exercise has been found to be a really big stress reliever due to the endorphins released.

Now the trick to these things, is that they aren’t quick fixes. Yes, start them as soon as you think you are getting sick, but things like healthy eating, exercise, and staying hydrated are things that you should try and incorporate into your lifestyle. It isn’t easy, but slowly it will become part of your daily life. And taking one dose of oregano oil or garlic pills won’t cure your cold, but studies show that taking them consistently can help reduce the duration of the cold.

Also take all this info with a grain of salt, I am not a health professional and the things that I have told you are based off of personal research and personal experience. So yeah, don’t come after me with pitch forks if you find it doesn’t work for you.

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clear skin + updated skincare routine

Processed with VSCO with b5 presetSkin, its super important and actually the largest organ in our body, yet it can be oh so easily be forgotten about…well at least until trouble is spotted. I’ve had my fair share of skin problems, granted I never had a serious acne condition, but from high school until last year I dealt with patches of acne on my face, neck, back, chest, and sometimes even my arms. At the times I thought it would never go away and I definitely stressed over it when I couldn’t hide it. But alas, my mother was right and eventually, it would clear up. I attribute it clearing up to a few things…

stressing less. This was a big one for me. The times when my acne is the worst is when I am under a lot of stress. And yeah, it’s not super easy to just quit stressing. (As an avid worrier, I would know. ) But I do think that reducing my stress has been key to my skin clearing up. This year my acne has been almost no existent and I think part of that is because I have been taking steps to reduce stress. Like, not procrastinating on studying + assignments, spending more time outdoors, and having solid ways to manage my depression and anxiety.

more water. This one should be pretty obvious, everyone I know who promotes health, promotes drinking more water. It is honestly one of the simplest things you can do for your skin. I’ve always kind of liked drinking water, I find it super satisfying, but if that isn’t the case for you, then find ways to make it more enjoyable. Try adding lemon slices or other fruits, or make little goals to have so much done by lunch, or even try drinking it with a straw. Honestly just find something that works and get that water in!

a more balanced diet. Eating healthy is one thing, but also eating a well-rounded diet is crucial. I spent all of high school eating super healthy all day and then eating tons of “unhealthy” foods at night, because I neglected to satisfy my cravings during the day. For example, this morning instead of just drinking a green smoothie for breakfast, I also had two eggs with vegan parmesan cheese. And at lunch I had a buddha bowl but then also had vegan yogurt for dessert and a chai latte and a fig bar for a snack. I still eat healthy, but I avoid restricting myself. I’ll probably eat a big dinner tonight and have dessert after and that is OK. So yeah, I eat more, but I try to keep it pretty healthy and balanced.

simplified natural skincare routine. For the past 4 years I’ve exclusively used dr. bronner’s rose castile soap as my face wash and I’ve found it to work super well for my very sensitive skin. (Oddly specific, but the rose is the only one scent that I’ve found to keep my skin clear + clean.) And then beyond that things have changed recently but I try to keep my skincare routine super simple + natural.

So then you ask…Emily, what exactly do you do? Continue reading