The winter is a time when infectious illness tends to flourish and attach immune systems. This is partly due to the seasonal nature of viruses such as the flu. It circulates best when large crowds of people gather the most, and it can also be attributed to the natural lowering of immune systems that occurs in cold weather.
Your body’s immune system is your first line of defense against winter colds, and you can use these five tips to keep yours functioning at its highest.
Find Effective Ways to Manage Stress
Between shopping for gifts, managing end-of-the-year finances and dealing with social events, your stress levels may be through the roof. Sadly, stress weakens your immune system by diverting energy away from your body.
Add relaxation strategies to your daily routine to help combat stress before it affects your immune system. Deep breathing is one simple way to quickly lower your stress levels so that you don’t literally worry yourself sick.
Consume More Superfoods
Superfoods are nutrient-dense fruits, grains, and vegetables that all contain the antioxidants and vitamins that your body needs the most this time of year.
The benefits of superfoods and superfood powder for your immune system include helping to increase the production of white blood cells that fight off infection.
Superfoods also contain nutrients that help to reduce free radicals within your body that cause it to become run down and more susceptible to infectious bacteria and viruses.
Anti-inflammatory agents are also found in some of the top superfoods such as berries and mushrooms. They reduce symptoms such as stuffy noses so that your body maintains optimum functioning for fighting off illness.
Make Proper Sleep a Priority
Sleep! Your body uses the time that you are sleeping to rebuild its immune system. While sleep may be viewed as an option in our society, the truth is that people who are the healthiest tend to get the most rest.
Make sure to shut off the lights at a regular time each night, and consider leaving your phone in a different room.
If you struggle with insomnia, try using sleep support methods such as light-blocking curtains and white noise to help you get more uninterrupted sleep.
During the summer months, you might have been drinking water without even thinking about it. Now that it’s cooler, a cold glass of iced tea might not be so appealing. Try staying hydrated with warm caffeine-free teas and smoothies.
Hydration helps your body to flush out germs and properly digest important superfoods that help your immune system stay strong.
As a side note, you also want to watch out for alcoholic beverages. These have a dehydrating effect that can counteract your efforts to drink more healthy fluids.
Keep Up Your Exercise Routine
Those cold temperatures may also make you want to huddle under your covers rather than hit the street for a morning jog. While this is a natural way to feel, you can still maintain your exercise routine by changing things up. Hit an indoor track at your local gym, online programs, or recreation center.
Taking your exercise routine indoors helps your body to boost circulation so that your immune system and metabolism continue to function at proper levels—even when it is cold outside.
The winter season may be full of events that can cause you to get run down and leave yourself susceptible to falling ill. This year, make it a point to take care of yourself.
Even the simplest of changes, such as snacking on a superfood, can make it possible for you to sail through the season with the best possible health.
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