With chillier weather right around the corner, now is a good time to start thinking about how to plan for one of the worst parts of the year: cold and flu season. We all notice that we start feeling under the weather right around the holidays, when stress, bad weather, and holiday eating habits all take a toll on our bodies.
Get plenty of sleep.
With the year winding down and workloads piling up, it can be tough to squeeze in the recommended six to eight hours of sleep. Your body becomes vulnerable to illness without the rest that it needs to stay healthy.
Keep your diet healthy.
Vitamins A, C, D, and E and minerals selenium and zinc help to support your immune system. Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and nuts and seeds will help your body power through the winter months. Foods such as processed meats, fried foods, soft drinks, and processed baked goods suppress the immune system. Broccoli and cauliflower contain the peptide glutathione, which helps to kill viruses and bacteria.
Find sources of vitamin C.
Fresh fruits and vegetables provide vitamin C, which helps to strengthen the immune system and keep the body healthy. Foods with a lot of vitamin C include berries, citrus, kiwi, bell peppers, and dark green vegetables.
Get regular exercise
While it might be tricky to get outside when the weather is less than pleasant, it’s no myth that exercise is vital to maintaining optimal immune system functions. Even squeezing in time to go on a walk can help give your body a small boost.
You might not be outside breaking a sweat, but your body still needs water. Even when you’re not necessarily thirsty, it’s important to be getting the recommended amount of water for your body weight. Our bodies are made of 75% water so hydration is key, especially when it comes to flushing out toxins.
Wash your hands
We come in contact with thousands of germs and bacteria every single day. Help your body by washing your hands with soap and warm water for 15-20 seconds.
Day-to-day chronic stress from job insecurity, sick relatives, or family issues can take a toll on your health. The long periods of stress can inhibit your body’s ability to fight disease. It’s hard to avoid stress in the first place, so try to find activities that you enjoy like yoga or walking to help take your mind off things.
Doing everything you can to help your body stay in peak condition will pay off when the days get shorter, temperatures get colder, and schedules get busier. Now is the time to start incorporating our hormone supplements into your daily routine so your immune system is ready to fight off whatever winter throws at it.