Winter is here and you may be on the verge of getting a cold which will dampen your spirits of enjoying the winter. Do you think your immune system is strong enough so that it can take care of your body through the winter? Even if you are not sure its better to be prepared as you don’t want to fall sick, at least in the winters.
You are most prone to fall prey to infections as your body is not that active and viruses spread like anything, with almost every third person around you sneezing his nose out. So its pretty important to make sure that you are prepared to take the winter head on and just have fun with the snowballs.
1. Don’t go down on water
Its only obvious to feel less thirsty in wither and the fact that the more you drink water more you will have to attend the nature’s call will keep you away from water. But water helps in the production of lymph and carries the white blood cells and other immune system cells. So make sure that you are having enough water in the winters.
2. Vitamin C is your best friend in winter
Vitamin C helps to strengthen the immune system and keeps you away from infections. Have lots of fruits and vegetables like sweet lime, oranges, lemon, berries, kiwi and green leafy vegetables.
3. Don’t forget Vitamin E
Vitamin E helps in the production of natural killer cells and beta cells that produce antibodies that destroys bacteria. Have almonds, blueberries, sunflower seeds and green leafy vegetables, the foods that are rich in vitamin E.
4. Embrace Probiotics
Your immune system depends on how good your gut is. Probiotics are the “good” bacterial which which helps your intestine to stay healthy, balanced and free of toxicity. There are many brand of probiotic drinks available and you can also get these good bacteria from yogurt, kefir or kimchi.
You may feel sleepy after your day at the office and its just not possible to leave the warmth of the bed in the morning. Make up your mind to exercise daily for at least 30 mins. Some good yogic stretches or some cardio is only going to make things better for your body. Exercising make your immune system to work more efficiently and also will help in giving you a peaceful sleep which again is going to help you build up immunity.
6. Maintain a healthy diet
Your stomach has got more chances of cramping in the winter. Be light on your stomach and have foods that are rich in anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants will help you get rid of free radicals which can damage your internal health. Have fruits and vegetables daily for a good dose of antioxidants. Omega 3 fatty acids from salmon or walnuts are beneficial for a good health. Avoid red meat and be more on fiber.
7. Don’t stress out
You may have bad day at work or you may working on an important project, but it’s only stupid to allow stress to take the better of you. Stress weakens your immune system and its thus easy for you to fall prey to infections. Practice meditation or stress relaxing techniques to manage stress better.
8. Antibiotics may not be the answer
Taking antibiotics will also kill the good bacteria in your gut and thus weaken your immunity. If its not that necessary, avoid antibiotics completely. For mild cough or colds you can have lemon, honey and ginger with hot water to reduce the effect of cold and let your body’s defense deal with the cold.
9. Make the most of the sun
Depending on where you live the amount of sunlight you receive may vary in the winter. But whenever you get an opportunity, get out in the sun and have a walk. Vitamin D is important to strengthen your immune system. It’s best to have a stroll or better even run in the morning under sunlight for at least 30 mins.
Make sure that you have a stronger immune system for the winter and have fun!