Stay well in uncertain times with a fun, healthy immune-boosting regimen in Glenwood Springs.
Coronavirus, the flu, a nagging cold—from a severe virus to a mild bug, keep illnesses away with a layer of protection against contagions. While face coverings, social distancing and handwashing are essential practices, according to the Global Wellness Institute* other preventative health measures can also boost immunity including balneotherapy, sweat bathing, a dose of laughter, eating well, sunshine and sound sleep. Try them all on your next wellness-centered getaway to Colorado’s premier hot springs town—Glenwood Springs.
Balneotherapy is the use of hot springs to prevent and treat disease, a well-respected tradition in Europe and Asia. In addition to the relaxing effects, geothermal waters provide anti-inflammatory benefits which can help the body refocus on fighting off external attacks.
- Rx: Glenwood Hot Springs is home to the world’s largest hot springs pool. Two enormous pools offer plenty of room to spread out. The larger pool is a comfortable 93°F, while the therapy pool is a toasty 104°F. During COVID, the resort is limiting the number of guests. Entry is on a first-come basis.
- Rx: Iron Mountain Hot Springs features 16 smaller soaking pools that range in temperature from 98°F to 108° F. Some pools are pebbled bottomed for a gentle DIY reflexology foot massage. Also operating at reduced capacity, to visit make reservations online.
Like balneotherapy, cultures around the world—from Native Americans to Northern Europeans—believe sweating helps to cleanse and detoxify the body. According to one report, people who use saunas regularly greatly reduce their chances of contracting illnesses like colds and flu. As with saunas, steam caves like the one in Glenwood Springs also promote perspiration.
- Rx: At the Yampah Spa & Vapor Caves steam from the hot spring fills underground caverns with mineral-rich vapors. The vapor caves were first used by the Ute Native Americans for healing, and today many locals attribute their good health to them. To partake, make reservations online.
You’ve heard it said, “laughter is the best medicine.” Funny, it turns out to be true. Laughing increases oxygen levels, optimizing healthy body and brain function. Research suggests that mirth may increase killer white cell levels which are known to fight off cancers; it also improves heart and lung function, reduces stress and stimulates the lymphatic system.
- Rx: For non-stop laughs, the Glenwood Vaudeville Revue is Glenwood’s hometown comedy show with hilarious original jokes, skits, music and dance numbers.
- Rx: Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park rides are thrilling to say the least. Have a giggle-filled good time riding them all including the Haunted Mine Drop, Giant Canyon Swing, Alpine Coaster and more!
Eating Well in Glenwood Springs
To stay healthy, it makes sense to nourish your body with wholesome foods. Variety is key; eat from a rainbow of local, seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables. Certain foods pack an immune-boosting punch. Look for local menu items that feature powerhouse ingredients including citrus, broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, garlic, ginger, spinach, almonds and turmeric.
Rx: When it comes to variety, you’ll find plenty at Glenwood Springs restaurants where global cuisine options frequently incorporate healthful superfoods.
Vitamin-D deficiency can suppress immune system function. In fact, Vitamin-D is one of the supplements recommended to ward off COVID-19. Getting a daily dose of sunshine also raises levels of this essential vitamin. While on vacation, be sure to plan at least one Glenwood Springs outdoor activity per day.
Rx: Hiking on Glenwood Springs trails
Rx: Road or mountain biking on paved and unpaved trails
Rx: Fishing on the Roaring Fork River
Rx: Golfing on area courses, all open until the snow accumulates
Without a good night’s rest, your body makes fewer cytokines, a kind of protein that helps ward off infection. Though eight hours is the recommended dose of shut-eye, most people fall short. A vacation is a great time to reset. Pull the blackout curtains in your hotel room and skip the morning alarm for a few days. Not only will you feel rested, your body will be better positioned to resist infection.
Rx: Lodging choices in Glenwood Springs abound. Consider simple sleep enhancers—bringing your own pillows from home, requesting a room away from the elevator and stairs, unplugging the room clock and keeping the temperature on the cool side.
Stay healthy. Be well. Learn more and make plans to boost your immune system in Glenwood Springs today.
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