There are many things that we cannot escape as winter approaches. One is the cold and bitter mornings, which leave us with no option but to layer up until we feel somewhat mummified. The second is leaving for work and returning home in utter darkness. The third is the horror we all feel when our colleague turns up to work armed with medicines, tissues and the dreaded sniffles associated with the common cold. While we all feign deep concern, the truth is that we all fear that the inevitable is just around the corner. Being knocked out of action for a few weeks is never easy, which is why we look at ways to fight the flu in today’s article. Stay one step ahead this season with these three simple steps!
Exercising regularly is one of the most important tools at your disposal this winter. Moderate exercise a few times a week helps boost the body’s defence. Walk, run or train indoors with a personal trainer. Whatever your chosen method of getting fit, keep your body limber and active to significantly reduce your chances of getting ill. In addition, it will boost your spirits and your temperature in the cold, winter season.
2. Eat Immunity Boosting Foods
Eat for strength and immunity this season. Our pick of immunity boosting foods are all easy to source, cheap to buy and can help keep you healthy when everyone around you is falling ill.
- Ginger is a natural antiviral food as well as also holding antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. This amazing spice works both when you are ill and is also extremely preventative by boosting your immune system and cleansing your system. Ginger can easily be added to soups, stews and curries. Another great way to make sure you are getting enough is to add it to your tea. Add a few slices of ginger to a pan of boiling water and allow it to stew for 3-5 minutes. Strain the liquid and add lemon and honey to taste. Or for another variation, try our orange and ginger immunity booster drink!
- Citrus foods contain that all-important Vitamin C which we need to make sure we are topping up each day, as human bodies cannot store Vitamin C for long periods. Vitamin C is crucial for boosting immunity and is found in most citrus foods. Lemons, oranges, limes and grapefruit are all great examples and contain flavonoids, which speed up recovery. Make sure you have your citrus fruits in plentiful supply this winter.
- Honey is an excellent food during winter and can help soothe coughs and sore throats. It contains antioxidant, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, which fight against bacteria and viruses. Try and buy honey in its most natural form and add a spoonful to your tea or your cereal as a great replacement to processed sugar.
Sleep is absolutely crucial to your wellbeing and strength. If you aren’t sleeping an average of seven hours a night, you are leaving yourself highly susceptible to getting ill. A recent US study has found that you are in fact up to four times more likely to catch a cold. It’s the perfect excuse to have a lie-in on the weekends!