Amazing Immunity Hacks for Winter
Winter has arrived! And as you all know, winter has always had a bad name as you’re likely to catch the winter bug that’s hitting the town! In this cold season, often called the flu season, when temperatures drop, viruses thrive indoors and attack your immune system. And at such times, if your immune system isn’t up to the task, what do you think will happen? Less energy? Possible health complications? A feeling of lethargy and irritability? Yes!! All of it at once! Isn’t that too much to handle? So, I suggest the best way to get rid of cold is to prevent it! How many times have we heard that prevention is better than cure! So why not start implementing it? And you can start doing it right now by having the right foods that will boost your immunity during winters! So all you have to do is follow these simple winter hacks that I am going to tell you today and you can continue to get more out of life despite the weather forecast.
Eat a balanced diet with whole foods
Nutrients such as vitamins A, C, D and E, as well as minerals, selenium and zinc, and Omega 3, help in strengthening your immune system. So focus more on getting these in your food by eating whole foods, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and also plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. If you eat animal protein, please make sure, it is of good quality and hormone free! Avoid processed meats, fried stuff, processed or baked foods, soft drinks or any food product with artificial sweeteners or refined sugars. Eating too much of them suppresses the immune system. So love your immune system and don’t indulge in any foods that harm it!
Get plenty of Vitamin C
Fresh fruits and vegetables are our best sources of vitamin C. They help strengthen our immune system and keeps our body healthy and energetic. All you need for this is a handful of berries. You can also eat citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, and dark green vegetables to get a dose of vitamin C.
Use herbs and spices
Pack your food with a good amount of herbs and spices. Cook with onions, garlic, ginger, black peppercorn, cayenne pepper, allspice, curry, and turmeric and all the nice spices you can think of. The special ability of spices is to fight infections which will ultimately help you keep those diseases at bay!
Take care of your gut health
Did you know that 80% of our immune system is located in our digestive system? Imagine, in that case, how important it is to keep a healthy gut to have a strong immune system? When your gut is healthy, you have a large amount of probiotics thriving in there. And these probiotics are the good bacteria that you get from whole and fermented foods, such as raw sauerkraut, miso, yogurt, kefir, kimchi and microalgae, or in the form of supplements. In case you choose supplements for nutrition, please choose a brand that offers different sources of bacteria and one that’s ideally refrigerated.
This is one thing I have been motivating people to do since the time I have started talking about wellness and health! Exercising is not only a great way to get in shape, but it also improves our immunity, enhances quality of sleep, and makes our body stronger. If you are too busy at work or have no time at hand, take out just 15 minutes of your day and have a quick exercise session. If you are suffering from any ailments, go for a small walk at least. But please do not give yourself excuses for not exercising! You can check out my fitness videos for some simple quick exercises that you can do anytime anywhere. So no excuses my tribe. Hit the gym! Do that yoga! Dance! Do anything you like but please exercise! It really helps remove toxins and keeps you energetic and healthy.
Soak up some sun
One of the most important vitamins, Vitamin D comes from the sun. To strengthen our immune system, Vitamin D is extremely important. It helps in keeping your bones strong and your immune system healthy. So head out of your home early morning without sunscreen, when the sun is not at its highest and have a nice walk under the sun. You can also have fatty fish to get small doses of Vitamin D. Being healthy should not be an implication, it should be a choice you make to have a better life! After all, every moment in this world counts and why live it in a way that’s
not so pleasant! Rather climb those mountains, dance to your heart’s tune and live to the fullest. Because life happens only once! And to make sure that this ride is worthwhile, it is really important to have a healthy body and mind. So get on your toes, use the winter tips I have mentioned above and be strong enough to fight anything that is sapping your energy!
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