We’ve now officially entered the winter season and this is when your body needs extra care to keep up with the dip in mercury level, and to battle the different illnesses that we’re prone to catching. Here are a few tips that will help you get through this winter, healthy and disease-free!
Get good sleep
Sleep is your best friend during winters. Make sure, your body gets enough rest every day so that it has the energy reserves you need to last you through the cold days. This is also the time when you tend to feel more sleepy than usual. Therefore getting at least 7 hours of sleep each night will keep you away from sleep monsters. And a disrupted sleep pattern can severely affect your immune system which is quite critical during this time.
As you get good sleep, do not miss out on your fitness routine. Exercising regularly is essential to maintain your blood circulation and ensure a well-functioning immune system. However, don’t push yourself too hard especially if you have not exercised in a while.
Keep your hands clean
Maintaining body hygiene is a must if you want to stay away from sickness. Most bacteria and viruses enter your body through your nose, mouth or eyes.
There are two things that you should absolutely remember. First, wash your hands regularly, and before every meal without fail. And secondly, avoid touching your nose, mouth or eyes with your hands.
Get enough Vitamin D
Vitamin D boosts your immune system and keeps your bones stronger. However, the winter sunlight is not strong enough to help your body produce enough vitamin D. Therefore, it would be nice to ensure your body gets adequate proportions of this vitamin through foods that are its rich sources such as fatty fish namely tuna, salmon, herring, shrimps, cod liver oil and mushrooms.
Switch to Tea
Drinking tea not only warms your body but also helps fight the flu virus. Therefore, if you’re someone who prefers coffee over tea, you might want to rethink your choice, at least while winter lasts.
Eat right, eat hot
Instead of raw food vegetables, cook them in boiling water, which will help kill the bugs in them. Get your daily dose of fruits and vegetables. Do not skip breakfast and have three solid meals. Keep your heavier meals reserved for the earlier parts of the day and avoid long gaps between meals. Also, hot drinks such as soup would work well to keep your body warm.
Keep your stress levels low
Stress hinders the functioning of your immune system and weakens it. Keep your stress levels in check by practicing meditation and Yoga so that your immunity levels are up and high, just as you need them for the winters!