Winter is coming and, especially with the cold and flu season, it’s important to know what we can do to keep a strong and balanced immune system to stay healthy and avoid infections.
If you do have a cold, sip on a cup of hot water with lemon, ginger, and turmeric. You can also get Echinacea, call into any healthfood shop and ask for it, which are great for flues and colds. Make sure you get plenty of vitamin C and drink a lot of water. If you’re taking antibiotics or any other medication, take quality probiotics.
1. Eat a balanced diet with whole foods.
You need many nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as minerals selenium and zinc, and Omega 3s, to support your immune system. Focus on eating whole foods, such as quality proteins, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, as well as plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Avoid processed meats, fried foods, soft drinks, processed baked goods, or products with artificial sweeteners or refined sugars. Eating too much of them suppresses the immune system.
2.Get plenty of vitamin C
Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best sources of vitamin C, which help to strengthen our immune system and keep our body healthy. Great food sources of vitamin C include Lemon, berries, citrus, kiwi, and dark green vegetables.
3.Use herbs and spices.
Spices such as turmeric, cayenne pepper, garlic, ginger, all contain components that help to boost our immune system.
4.Drink plenty of clean water.
Water helps in the production of lymph, which carries white blood cells and other immune system cells. Staying hydrated is one of the best things you can do for your health. For an extra boost, add a slice of lemon, which will provide extra vitamin C.
5.Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a day.
Chronic fatigue is known to increase risks of illness. The body rejuvenates and strengthens when it’s at rest. If you can, sleep 7 to 8 hours a day. Your body will thank you.
Exercising is not only a great way to get in shape, but it also increases our immune function, improves sleep quality, and makes our body stronger. If you do not have any health conditions that prevent you from exercising, find the time to workout, even if it’s only a long walk! Exercise creates endorphins which is the happy hormone. This counteracts stress and depression which can weaken the immune system and makes us more vulnerable to illness. So it’s important to take the time to enjoy life and have some fun working out!