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Protect Yourself from Colds & Flu this Winter

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Sneezing, sniffling and other symptoms of colds and flu are just around the corner. But, what if you could avoid sickness altogether?
Air Date: 9/17/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Susan Smith Jones, PhD
For a woman with three of America’s most ordinary names, Susan Smith Jones, MS, PhD, has certainly made extraordinary contributions to the fields of holistic health, anti-aging, and human potential.

For starters, she taught students, staff and faculty how to be healthy and fit for 30 years at UCLA. Susan has established herself as one of the world’s foremost experts on diet and nutrition, high-level wellness, natural remedies and balanced living. She is the author of 27 books (including Walking on Air, The Joy Factor and Recipes for Health Bliss) and over 2,000 magazine articles on these topics, and has been a guest on more than 2,500 radio and TV shows.

Selected as one of 10 Healthy American Fitness Leaders by the President’s Council on Physical Fitness & Sports, Susan teaches that the body is designed to be self-repairing, self-renewing, and self-sustaining and that the power to live a radiantly healthy life is within everyone’s grasp. She hasn't been sick in 30 years and has never taken any prescription medications.
Protect Yourself from Colds & Flu this Winter
Fall is upon us, and that means sneezing, sniffling and other symptoms of colds and flu are just around the corner.

But, what if you could avoid sickness altogether?

Dr. Susan Smith Jones thinks she can help in that area. In fact, she hasn't been sick for over 30 years, and she has never -- in her whole life -- taken prescription medications.

What's her secret?

One of the keys is boosting your immune system. You were born with a body that is self-renewing, self-rejuvenating, and self-building; but you need to give it the right tools in which to do so.

Simple lifestyle choices will go a long way in building up your immunity: what you eat, how much you exercise, how you handle stress, how much sleep you get. These have the biggest impact on your longevity and quality of life.

You also have to have some self-discipline. It's easy enough to put off healthy living habits, but it's time for no more excuses! Every day get a little physical activity, drink enough water, and sleep well.

Getting the proper amount of sleep each night is simply non-negotiable; your body can't heal itself without good, ample sleep.

Not only that, but lack of sleep can contribute to weight gain. When you're in constant sleep debt, your body is unable to properly process carbohydrates, which leads to elevated blood sugar levels and an increased tendency to store calories as fat. 

Also, chronic sleep debt can initiate hunger and cravings, especially for foods that are bad for you.

As far as nutrition, look to nature for what to eat... you don't find ice cream trees or doughnut vines or potato chip bushes. Produce is the most important healthcare that money can buy. Fresh fruits and vegetables are high in water content and very cleansing, detoxifying and rejuvenating for your body.

Exercise and being fit is the key to a happy, healthy life. It unlocks your mental power and physical stamina; it puts wings under your confidence, making you feel empowered; and it gives you that zestful outlook that will make each day more of a celebration.

Finally, look into incorporating Spirulina into your diet. It's high-protein, low-calorie and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth. It alkalizes your body, detoxifies, boosts your immune system, and can even help ease allergy symptoms.

Listen in as Susan shares more advice on how to avoid sickness this season, as well as for the rest of your life.