How To Prevent Your Office From The Cold
Winter is coming! Well actually folks, as of today…it’s here!
As the Winter weather hits, more workers succumb to colds, flus and the dreaded lurgy, dropping like flies around you.
Sending your workers home when they get the sniffles is one way to attempt to prevent the bugs spreading, but chances are they were contagious before they knew it and it will spread anyway.
There’s a better way…
The truth is, if the person next to you has a cold it doesn’t mean you will get it. If your immune system is in working order, you should be able to beat the cold.
But few people recognise the importance of boosting their immune system, instead opting for disinfectants, hand sanitizers and face masks.
Here’s 4 ways to help beat the cold in your office:
Provide herbal teas for free in your kitchen
Herbals are a great way to kick-start your immune system, helping to kill bad bacteria whilst allowing the body support to reduce inflammation so it can do its job of removing and fighting any pathogens.
Stock up the kitchen with some healing herbals, its cheap and will help boost immunity as well as moods in the office.
A few you could invest in:
- Ginger honey tea – anti-inflammatory and great for detoxing
- Liquorice Tea – Supports immune system and reduces sore throats
- Turmeric Tea – antibacterial and antiviral properties
TIP – Get them fresh and organic. You can even buy the actual turmeric root and allow people to steep their own in the kitchen with some organic honey and ginger root.
Kombucha for all!
Did you know that over 75% of your immune system is actually your gut! I like to think of the gut as your very own universe – it’s filled with over 100 trillion microorganisms of over 500 different species that make you who you are. Having a healthy immune system means balancing the bacteria so you get the best out of them.
Probiotics will help you do this. Invest in a probiotic tablet from your health food store that is high in diversity and the highest quantity of bacteria.
Or you can invest in some fermented foods that are full and rich of good bacteria. Perhaps you could ask HR if you could start a Kombucha jar (a fermented tea solution that is fermented by bacteria known as a SCOBY) in your staff kitchen that will constantly create a good bacteria rich tea that everyone can drink? It’s cheap and creates more tea on its own, so it’s great value for everyone and will keep your staff’s production levels high.
Vitamin C boosters
We all know the benefits of Vitamin C but are you getting enough? Acting as a antihistamine and anti-inflammatory, Vitamin C will help improve your immune function. Add a box of fresh fruits to your staff kitchen including Oranges and kiwi that are high in vitamin C. But why stop there?
Take it one step further and add a few veggies to your kitchen crisper like Kale and spinach so people can make their own smoothies in the morning. They are cheap, high in vitamin C and you’ll get your bang for your buck with staff start to bounce around with high energy, increased immune function, and better moods.
Bend and stretch, reach for the stars
Sure, we all work hard but we all need to create moments that will support the body, where we can stop, relax and destress. A quick lunch yoga session will help your staff unwind by deepening the breath, increasing oxygen to the brain and cells, allowing the body to expel toxins supporting the immune system. It will also circulate white blood cells throughout the body so they can do their job better of fighting off the baddies.
Besides the list above, there are many ways to heal your body and boost your immune system. If you work hard, focus on ways to reduce your stress first and foremost (and this is a big immune suppressant) and then add these tips above to help your body be at it’s best.
Do you have other ways that you fight the dreaded lurgy in your office? What do you do?