Winter is often the time when our immunity takes a hit and the flu, colds and coughs becoming more prevalent. Luckily, there are many easy and effective ways that can be used to fend off colds and flu, and increase your chances of staying healthy, fit and strong during this cold winter season.
1. Be active
If you want to stay healthy and fit you should continue your exercise routine through the winter. It is one of the best ways to boost your immune system, keep your weight down and decrease stress. Try to work out at least 45 minute three to five times a week. For those who have a busy schedule, it can seem very difficult, so I suggest you to wake up an hour earlier during the week and do some exercises and maximize weekend workouts. Try also different winter activities that you can do only in winter!
2. Take vitamin C
Vitamin C is the essential immunity vitamin. It could be found in oranges, broccoli, orange juice, and other fruits and veggies. Vitamin C could also be found in high quality multi-vitamins. Liquid or chewable Vitamin C is also available in numerous health food stores. Ester C is a unique form of Vitamin C buffered with calcium to increase absorption. It is available as a single supplement or in a few multi-vitamins.
3. Wash your hands
One of the most effective and easiest ways to stay healthy during the winter season is to remember to wash your hands frequently. You might think that washing your hands it’s not so important, but it is an effective way to kill germs, which are passed on to you.
4. Drink more water
To stay healthy and fit and to keep your digestion strong, you need drink 6-8 glasses of water every day. If you can’t drink clear water, you can drink herbal tea, which also offers a plenty of antioxidant benefits. Opt for mint tea, white or green tea, or some berry teas.
5. Eat garlic
Garlic is well-known for being one of the most intense immune boosters, because it kills off a few types of bacteria and viruses. So don’t be afraid to add some extra garlic into your vegetables, pasta and sauces. You can also buy odorless garlic supplements, which are available at numerous health food stores.
6. Eat more zinc rich foods
If Vitamin C is the essential immunity vitamin, then zinc is the essential immunity mineral. The richest food sources of zinc are lamb, beef, pork, salmon, dairy products, beans, whole grains, pumpkin, sunflower seeds, nuts and nut butters. There are also zinc lozenges that are very effective for sore throats.
7. Avoid eating too much flours and sugars
Eating too many foods with white flour and sugar can cause not only weight gain, but it can also crash your immune system. Opt for baked goods and breads made with whole grains and such natural sweets as fruit or fruit juice instead of products with white flours and sugars.
Your nutrition, workout and supplement can help boost your immune system and keep you healthy and fit this winter. Do you know some other tips for staying healthy and fit during winter season? Share your thoughts, please!