When temperatures drop, the drill is usually hot drink, furry warm lounging socks, a woollen throw and Netflix. But a recurring cycle of this is not will surely earn you a trip or two to the GP. Why, well bacteria can take advantage of your cosy indoor warmth and snuggle up and thrive right in your once-comforted muscles.
If your immune system is not powered up, then you are most likely to catch a cold, flu or any illness brought on by inactivity and stagnation. Winter doesn’t need to be the month when you stay in bed having also befriended a box of Kleenex.
Some of these essential and natural tips will certainly help you get out there, enjoy the festive season and keep the doctor away.
Follow a healthy diet
Eating healthy does not only benefit your body but also your mental well-being. By following a healthy diet your body will be given the necessary nutrition to keep active and energetic, as well as, improve your immune system, especially vitamin C. On the contrary, processed food will drain your energy levels making you more vulnerable to bacteria. Food is powerful; use it to your advantage.
Wash your hands frequently
In our daily lives we share surfaces, handles, doorknobs, elevator buttons and phones which contain tremendous amounts of bacteria. Most people touch their face after using these surfaces. Hence, washing your hands frequently, after touching shared items, or using hand sanitizer is the best way to prevent the transfer of viruses.
Exercising might be the last thing you want to do when it’s cold, but working out really boosts your immune system. A recent study has shown that a moderate level of regular exercise has a long-term cumulative effect on immune response. Specifically, aerobic exercise is a crucial factor in lowering sick days.
Keep yourself warm
Exposure in cold weather and the sudden drop of body temperature can cause infection. Dress up warm and keep your immune system strong and ready to fight any possible deceases. When indoors, do not hesitate to make yourself a hot ginger tea which works as an antioxidant and cleanses your body.
A lack of sleep affects the immune system and sleep deprivation causes the body to enter a proinflammatory state. Because immune cells are most active during the sleep cycle, a good night’s rest is essential. Create a bed-time routine by going to bed and getting up at the same time every day, to strengthen your immune response. Try not to use your phone or watch TV before bedtime.
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