We hate to say it, but winter is just around the corner. Actually, we don’t hate to say it. Winter is a beautiful season! Frosty mornings, snowy evenings, wrapping up warm and cosy by the fire… we love winter in fact. Sadly though, your body doesn’t always share your enthusiasm. Come winter, come germs, or so they say. But not this year. Here are some tips and tricks to help you boost your immunity for winter- act now and you’ll sail through this wondrous season!
Sort your diet out
What you put inside your body is so important. So make sure you provide it with the fuel it’s going to need to get through winter. Start now. Eat only whole foods, as natural as possible, and make every mouthful count. Believe us when we tell you, your body will thank you for it.
Your body is going to need lots of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as minerals selenium and zinc, and Omega 3s if it’s going to stand a chance. Avoid processed foods and steer clear of too much sugar too.
Up your intake of Vitamin C
Male sure you’re eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables in order to make sure your immune system is as strong as possible. Berries, citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, and dark green vegetables are all good sources of this.
Hydrate your body often
Drink, drink, drink! And then drink some more. Water is your body’s best friend, no matter what the season. During the winter you are spending time going from cold temperatures outside to warmer temperatures inside, and central heating can really mess your body up too. If you’re dehydrated your immune system is going to be weak, so carry on taking that bottle of water with you wherever you go.
If you’re not sleeping enough, your body is going to complain. You need at least 6-8 hours per night, and to get this you need to have a good routine. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, eat well, exercise frequently and take time to wind down each evening. Avoid screens before bedtime too, as they hinder the body’s ability to produce the sleep hormone, melatonin.
Get plenty of fresh air and daylight
It can be so tempting to stay huddled up indoors during the winter, but this is the worse thing you can do. Get outside, breath in the fresh air and get moving! Your body needs Vitamin D because it helps to strengthen the immune system. Try to get outside a few times a week for about 30 minutes if you can.
What are your top tips for boosting your immune system ready for winter?