Colder temperatures supress the immune system which is why cold and flu viruses thrive around winter time. If like most people those nasty bugs catch you and knock you out every year then read our natural tips to boost immune system this winter time.
Start boosting your immune system in autumn.
As the leaves turn golden, red and brown and gently dance off the trees to their own tune they slowly loose there little glow and become crumpled and weathered at the bottom of the pile. For many of us as the leaves start to fall, the nights get darker and the days get colder, energy levels start to depleat and self-care often goes out the window. By the time winter hits and the cold and flu bugs crank up their efforts to invade we fall and fall hard with our day to day lives affected for a short period of time while our bodies are forced to take time out to recover.
I personally love autumn. I look forward to bringing out the sunggly, chunky knitwear, hats, gloves and getting bundled up for an autumn walk. I love curling up indoors and playing games with the children when we have no where to be. I love mugs of hot chocolate and herbal tea, hot hearty stews and carb loaded shepherd pies. I love the colours and cool crisp mornings. But as the colder days and darker nights arrive its just a fact that we are more likely to catch a cold. So with the age old saying 'prevention is better than the cure' in mind there are lots of precautions and preparations you can do to help boost immune system and reduce the risk of nasty bugs this season.
Give your body a fighting chance against those germs and boost your immune system naturally with these top tips.
The Basic Precautions
- Wash Your hands (with soap and water)- Many viruses spread from person to person via small droplets. Good hand hygiene is crucial if your serious about trying to spare yourself.
- Don't share cups, cutlery, crockery and other household items with someone who has a cold or flu.
- Avoid touching your eyes or nose after coming into contact with someone who is ill.
Staying fit and healthy will give your immune system a boost.
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables. Eating different colours will get a range of vitamins into your body. Fermented foods is a trending term at the moment but for good reason, they can help keep your gut full of good bacteria which is excellent considering a high number of immune cells live there.
- Sadly a reduction in daylight and colder days means we connect less with the sun, lowering your vitamine D production. Oily fish, egg yolks and fortified cereals can help boost your production. Along with supplements if advised.
- It has been proven that we drink less during the colder months. We just dont feel as thirsty. Stay hydrated with water or herbal teas, try hot water and lemon or add a nice water based soup or broth to your lunch time menu.
- Prioritise sleep. Sleep is restorative and crucial to a healthy immune system. Try bedding down early and powering down ready for a good nights sleep. For more information about how you can get better quality sleep read our previous post on sleep relaxation techniques.
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- Get outside and soak up the daylight. This is our favourite tips as nature solves all. Recommended in 'five ways to stay healthy this winter' by the NHS. Getting outside is good for body and mind. With your immune system being such a sensitive soul the fresh air will help keep it happy.
- Stress has been shown to make you tired which can have an impact on your immune system. So Stress reduction is a must. Try exercising, meditating, practicing self-care and mindfulness to reduce your stress levels and help support your immune system.
- Laugh! one minute of anger weakens your immune system for 4-5 hours. One minute of laughter boosts it for 24 hours.
So to sum up if your serious about avoiding all those nasty germs this winter then practice good hand hygiene, don't shake hands with snotty people, eat lots of yummy fruit and vegetable, stay hydrated, laugh lots, don't get angry, go outside and get plenty of rest and sleep.