Building yourself up for winter is by far the best strategy for staying healthy throughout the cold and flu season. By making your health a priority, you stand the best chance of fending off would be invaders.
Begin now by applying the following tips so you can power through the winter months without giving viruses a window of opportunity to pounce when your defences are down. Being run down, tired, stressed and malnourished sets the stage for illness to take root.
Top 5 Immune Boosting Tips
This is the absolute corner stone of healthy living. Food is medicine
Eating a variety of different coloured fruits and veggies every day is essential to attain the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients necessary to stay well. Two small pieces of fruit and five vegetables is considered the gold standard for a healthy diet.
It is also important to incorporate protein and fat into the diet. This includes foods such as meat, poultry, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, pulses and legumes. Also healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, nut oils etc
In addition be sure to drink plenty of filtered water and other drinks such as herbal tea.
Reducing stress is another significant area to address to boost your immunity this winter. The demands you make of yourself, running on empty, leaving home without breakfast, dashing around the city for work, school and childrens activities eventually take their toll.
What starts as a sniffle can quickly escalate into a full blown cold or worse if you are unable to manage your busy lifestyle without becoming run down.
Taking just a few minutes once or twice a day to sit quietly, breathe deeply and zone out can do wonders.
Its also important to be aware of your environment. Electromagnetic radiation from mobiles, computers, laptops, tablets, TV’s, wifi etc in addition to air conditioned offices, fluorescent lighting and carpets and furniture that may give off chemicals can all deplete the indoor air quality and make you sick and stressed. Ionisers and salt lamps can improve air quality and are a worthwhile addition to your home or workplace.
Failing that, opening windows for fresh air and ensuring you escape the office for 10 minutes on your lunch break can also help.
Try to incorporate something you find enjoyable into your life weekly. It can be as simple as taking yourself out for coffee, listening to music or visiting your favourite shop, park etc. Whatever brings joy to your life will decrease your stress levels.
This enhances your entire body. It improves you mood, physique and energy levels, not to mention reducing stress and boosting immunity.
Exercise is different for everyone but I recommend doing something that you find enjoyable and doable without it placing too big a strain on you. Pushing yourself too hard is counter productive as the stress it creates can decrease your immunity.
A simple brisk walk and incidental exercise such as washing the car or household chores all counts as exercise.
Sunshine or vitamin D are absolutely essential to immunity, During the winter months it can be difficult to get significant exposure to sunlight. I recommend that you supplement up to 4000 IU of vitamin D3 daily to maintain your immunity during the winter months.
Make sure you are getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep a night. This allows the body to repair itself and fend off any bugs that you may have encountered during the day.
And finally, if you are being proactive with your health and somehow you still get sick, continue with all the above and incorporate some healing herbs into your regime and you will feel better in no time.
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Merril has recently joined the team at Feeling Healthy and is now in her 10th year of practice as a Naturopathic Nutritionist.
Throughout this time, she has helped countless clients regain their health and wellness, with many experiencing the best health of their lives.
Consultations include an assessment of her client’s diet and lifestyle, nutritional deficiencies and the use of integrative pathology tests to get to the root cause of the health concern.
Treatment revolves around dietary and lifestyle recommendations and nutritional/herbal supplementation.