Boost your immune system during the winter

Boost your immune system during the winter
SLEEP
Sleep is a time for the body to rest and recover. It is a time for cell and muscle rejuvenation and allows the body to focus on killing off any nasties you may have come across throughout the day. Sleep has also been shown to improve the memory of the immune system to fight off previously met viruses or bacterial invaders. This means that our body has the power it needs to respond promptly to attacks from foreign materials that may be out to make you sick.

STAY ACTIVE
Physical activity enhances circulation and increases the immune systems ability to find and fight off harmful invaders such as bacteria and virus. Being active also produces sweat through our skin. The skin is one of the major detoxing organs, forcing out unwelcome sicknesses.
Even low intensity exercise plays a role in stimulating healthy circulation and immune responses. Just move as much as you can safely.

EAT MORE ANTIOXIDANTS
Consuming foods high in antioxidants enhance the activity of the immune system and reduces toxic materials such as bacteria and viruses from taking hold in the body. Foods with bright rich colours posses the greatest amounts of antioxidants. For example, capsicum, berries, tomatoes, beetroot, leafy greens etc.

GET YOUR DAILY DOSE OF D
Safe sun exposure can improve immune function and reduce the duration and frequency of cold and flu. Even in winter the sun can still burn so short amounts of time spent in the sun is advised.

KEEP STRESS LEVEL LOW
It’s important to be aware that how we manage our stress can impact how our immune system works. Deal with stressful issues before they have the chance to build up.

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
A dehydrated body is an unhealthy body and therefore may become more susceptible to viruses. Winter is the time we often forget to drink water like we would throughout summertime, but indoor heating systems can be just as dehydrating. Keep a bottle of room-temperature water nearby or if you need something warm, a cup of herbal tea is a good alternative.

GET YOUR VITAMIN C AND ZINC
Eat plenty of fresh, colorful fruit and veg such as kale, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, peppers, dark fruits and fresh herbs like parsley. Many of these foods are also high in vitamin A, which is vital for supporting the immune system found within the digestive system.
Zinc is a mineral helps to support our bodies by promoting the production of antibodies Many zinc rich foods like poultry, sunflower seeds, seafood and fish have the added bonus of being high in protein, also vital for immunity.

Andriana xx

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