5 ways to stay healthy this winter
With cold and flu season on the way, make sure you keep your immune system running at full strength with the following easy steps…
Nature has it’s own medicine chest packed full of foods to help boost your immune system. Here are a few delicious suggestions: – Garlic has been knows to have anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
- Kiwi fruit are a strong source of Vitamin C, which helps production of antibodies and white blood cells
- Pumpkin, sunflower, flax seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
- Oily fish (such as mackerel, salmon, trout, sardines) are a great source of Vitamin D and Omega-3, both of which are essential for a fully functioning immune system
The average person requires 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep a night, during which your body repairs and rejuvenates itself. Sleep deprivation depresses immune function, so consistently going to bed late or getting broken rest can not only increase your chances of catching a virus but can also affect your body’s ability to fight off infection.
Exercise boosts the circulation, supports the immune system and releases endorphins which aid sleep and combat the effects of stress.
Not only do cold and flu viruses thrive in cold weather, but lowering of your core temperature can inhibit your immune response. So, make sure you stay wrapped up to aid circulation, support your respiratory system and create an inhospitable environment for infections.
Chronic stress can make your more run down and prone to infections. Speeding time with friends and family, or making time for leisure pursuits can help reduce stress hormones, improve sleep and boost your body’s defences.