Winter is a great time to cosy up with your duvet, a hot drink and/or your sweetie, but it’s also a time when many people get hit with colds and flu. Make sure you’re well enough to fully enjoy those cold weather benefits by boosting your immune system:
Eat your vitamins and minerals
Make sure you include plenty of foods that are high in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients in your diet. Get your C’s from citrus fruit, kiwis, tomatoes and dark green veggies, stock up on your E’s with fish, nuts and seeds, boost your betas with carrots, sweet potatoes and leafy greens and increase your zinc levels with poultry, meat, fish, beans and garlic.
Consider supplementing with a good multivitamin, especially if you don’t always eat as well as you could. You may also like to have a natural immune booster on hand so you can start taking it at the first sign of the sniffles or a sore throat, and possibly even head off a full-blown cold or flu. Visit your local health shop to find out what would work best for you.
Even though it’s not always fun to go out in cold weather, do your best to keep up your normal exercise routine, or start one if you don’t usually exercise. Exercise has been shown to boost the immune system and as an added benefit, it warms you up! Take a break from it at the first sign of cold or flu symptoms though – once your immune system has been compromised, exercise can do more harm than good.
Get enough rest
Research has shown that you are three times more likely to catch a cold if you are not getting enough sleep. Who needs a better excuse to snuggle up under that duvet?!
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