Winter is known as flu and cold season. As the days get colder and shorter, and we spend more time indoors our immune system becomes more susceptible to illness. Actually, there is a period of 4-6 months during which our immunity becomes weaker. Since flu and colds are contagious and have no cure other than to run their course, we made an immune boosting guide to help you prevent becoming ill.
Even if you do get sick, the longevity and severity of your cold or flu is highly dependent on the strength of your immunity and the ability of your body to fight off the virus. Viral, fungal or bacterial or any other illness shows up in people who are susceptible. To build defenses in your body you need to make some healthy lifestyle choices first. Follow these tips to strengthen your immune system.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
When you are sick, hydration becomes one of the most important things that needs to be considered. Water, healthy juices and smoothies take toxins away for disposal and transport nutrients to the illness site. Herbal, rooibos or green tea is just another great way to consume water on a daily basis. Remember that it is of a great importance not to wash out the necessary electrolytes and minerals you need to stay healthy. According to some studies, to stay hydrated men should drink 2 liters a day and women should drink 1.6 liters a day.
GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Whether your body needs six or 10 hours of sleep to feel refreshed in the morning, make sure you get it. Insufficient sleep depresses the immune system, opening the door to upper-respiratory infections, flu, colds, and other ills. Don’t drink too much coffee if you want to get a good night’s sleep. If you suffer from insomnia, drink a cup of warm cow’s milk.
QUIT THE SUGAR
Refined sugar, candies, chocolate and other desserts can dramatically decrease the function of your immune system. Because of the negative impact on the body, nutritionists consider sugar to be a drug. You can use healthier sweeteners like honey in moderation, but you should definitely avoid artificial sweeteners, because they are toxic for your body.
EAT HEALTHY FOODS
Make sure your plate always includes plenty of fresh veggies and fruits, and healthy fats. Your body needs calories to form antibodies and fight the colds. When your calorie intake dwindles, because you skip your meals or you don’t eat enough, your immune system operates at a deficit. But you should not eat just anything. The nutrition you get from from veggies and fruits is ideal for preventing colds and flu. Plus, healthy vegetables and fruits will protect cells from damage by toxins.
Experts agree that the reason winter is known as flu and cold season is not that the weather is cold, but that people stay indoors and pass their germs to one another. In fact, to boost our immunity, we need to spend more time outdoors. Sitting in an ice bath or taking cold showers produces an adaptive response by exposing your body to a slight stressor – your body will come back stronger, believe me!