While we may be easily led to believe that the biting cold or freezing temperatures are the main reason for the sharp increase in numbers of people down with the sniffles, the fact remains that we have the power to fend off any and all diseases.
So, what can be possibly done to save ourselves from the pesky bug that seems to affect one and all in the winter? Read on for the amazingly simple tips to strengthen your body’s immune system for the winters.(Frankly, they are so simple that they make one feel embarrassed for not having realized them earlier.)
Lose The Stress
It is touted by experts as one of the worst silent killers known to mankind and various studies have proved a direct link between stress and our immune systems’ well-being. So, with the body’s defenders already battling against the cold, adding unwanted pressure in the form of stress can be a potential knockout blow. Therefore, work reasonable hours and make sure to take time out to relax and unwind. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly!
Drink Lots and Lots of Water
As the cold sweeps in, our thirst and want for water seems to automatically subside. However, drinking a minimum of eight glasses is never more important than in the winters. If you are also one of those who find the thought of cold water in the waters unbearable, you will be well-advised to try consuming boiled, lukewarm water. Add a dash of lemon to that and you have a remedy that strengthens the resistance of your mucous membranes, including the sinuses, to bacteria.
Maintain Personal Hygiene
This one really does sound absurdly obvious but its importance cannot be stressed upon enough. Washing your hands regularly with anti-bacterial liquid soap can greatly reduce germ transmission. Plus, regular showers, which become a nightmarish venture as the mercury dips, are also essential in the quest for a stronger, healthier immune system.
While this should be a general rule of thumb for a happy and healthy life, providing the right nutrients to your body in the winters can make a real difference in its ability to weather the cold. Fresh fruits and vegetables, along with lentils, soups and lean protein are the way to go. In essence, by eating hearty and healthy, you’re actually helping your body stave off infections and diseases!
Get Adequate Sleep and Rest
Our bodies and immune systems work their socks off to help us avoid ill health. So, it really isn’t hard to understand that it needs rest! Not just minimal night sleep and afternoon power naps, but proper rest that requires at least six to eight hours of sleep. A tired body’s defense system is much less proficient and leaves it much more susceptible to infections, so make sure you hibernate!
Bid Adieu To Sugar
Sugar, no matter how much we like and want it, is essentially bad for you. If we talk about its effects for the winters, then the main point to understand is that by eating foods that have different types of sugars, we give our body the task to convert them and divert away precious resources from the body’s immune system.
Work Those Muscles – Exercise
Motivation and drive are scant when the temperatures are near freezing, yet proper exercise during the winters is a potential game-changer for increased immunity levels. Simply put, a healthy body leads to a healthy immune system, so the math is already done for us!
Don’t Kick The Supplements
Eating healthy and taking supplements are not mutually exclusive. If you are having a balanced diet, with due attention to your greens and protein, providing your body the extra nutrients through supplements can only benefit you. The antioxidants and therapeutic essential oils they contain have been proven to be very effective in combating airborne bacteria. Rather than reducing your intake, doctors suggest that consumption should be increased during the winters to give the immune system a much-needed boost.
Say No To Booze – Or Yes To Less Of It
The season is meant for fun and frolic, with parties and get-togethers being organized by almost everyone you know. In days of such joy, the average person tends to go over his or her usual alcohol consumption limits and while it usually ends up, at worst, in a bad hangover the next morning, experts say the effects can be much more extensive.