The evenings are getting darker, the temperatures are dropping, and it’s the season where we are more likely to be surrounded by colds and viruses.
Your body works hard to fight off infections but there are several measures you can do give it a boost and keep winter bugs at bay.
Keep your immune system healthy by drinking plenty of fluids to maintain hydration and remember to regularly wash your hands to prevent spreading infections.
Avoid cigarette smoke
It’s also best to avoid exposure to cigarette smoke and most importantly take time to relax, rest and recover as the cold and darkness urges our body to slow down.
In winter it’s easier to curl up in front of the TV but getting up on your feet and exercising outdoors at least 30 mins daily will keep your circulation going and help keep viruses at bay.
Feed your body
Feed your body the (natural) winter fuel it needs to maintain its immunity. Try experimenting with traditional winter foods such as root vegetables, squashes, seasonal greens, beans and whole grains to create delicious flavour combinations. To give it that richer taste and nutritional boost, add garlic, ginger, cinnamon or nutmeg. Also, don’t forget that you can make nourishing dishes using cooked apples, pears and citrus fruit – all key to your body’s maintenance. When the temperatures drop, there’s nothing more comforting than the taste and smell of delicious homemade soup or stew packed with vegetables.
If you think your diet alone is not providing sufficient nutrients during the cold snap, try using food supplements to support the immune system. Typical winter supplements are vitamin D and C and Zinc.
A good preventative supplement for winter colds is Beta Glucan to strengthen your immune system. Meanwhile horseradish and garlic are both rich in compounds with potent antibacterial and antiviral activity. Probiotics are also beneficial bacteria that can help support healthy immunity.
Don’t forget that keeping a healthy mind is just as important as maintaining a healthy body so consider some stress management practices such as yoga or meditation.
Let’s take this opportunity to reflect on our health, replenish and conserve energy levels by eating the right foods and adapting some lifestyle changes. Remember it’s the combination of all of the above that will support your immunity.
Find more information on immune-boosting foods, nutrients, natural remedies and meditation classes by visiting Sheaf Street Health Store in Daventry or visit www.facebook/SheafStreetHealthStore.