The winter season and an increase of cold and flu illnesses have long been associated. The answer as to why not fully known. Despite this mystery, there are many methods to increase your immunity and avoid these nasty maladies of the season. Here are few good ones to keep in mind:
- Boost your immune system: Make sure your grocery bag is full of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin A, C and E (think carrots, oranges, grapefruits and dark leafy vegetables) to ensure your body has a steady flow of ammunition to fight infection.
- Get some sleep: Haven’t you wondered why your eyes refuse to open during winters? Due to longer nights, you tend to sleep more. Don’t fret about it and enjoy the extra napping time that you get, guilt free!
- Get outdoors: Even though it may be tempting to sit inside the warmth of your house, it’s important that you get some sunshine whenever possible. It’s possible to get depressed if you don’t get enough sunshine. So step out and soak up the rays when you can.
- Stay active: Lethargy affects everyone during the winters. Getting out into the cold weather for your jog or cycling may seem impossible but try and squeeze in a little bit of activity into your winter schedule. Remember to warm up as your muscles are tighter during winters making them more prone to injury.
- Keep infections from spreading: Wash your hands regularly to keep infections from spreading. Even though this is health tip for all seasons, it’s doubly true during winters when infections and viruses seem to be at their worst.
- Stay warm: Cover up if you are feeling cold. Wear socks, gloves, scarves, anything to make sure your body is comfortable.
- Hydrate yourself: It’s normal not to feel thirsty during winters, but keep yourself hydrated. If you don’t feel like drinking water, give your body lots of warm fluids in the form of clear soups and herbal teas.
- Treat yourself to massage: Your body will love your for it! Massage is known to increase circulation (for a warmer body), rid of toxins (boost immunity), and lower stress. In addition, your skin will be thoroughly moisturized which is important during this drier time of the year.