Strengthen Your Immune System

Strengthen Your Immune System

As nights draw in and we reach for the woolly jumpers, it’s easy to succumb to a wintery diet of comforting puds and stodgy food.

If you want to keep healthy and not let your body succumb to winter colds and flu, follow these tips:

  • Keep up your intake of fresh fruit and veg

It’s easy at this time of year to reach for warming unhealthy foods that may be high in carbs and protein but that lack the vital vitamins and minerals you find in fruits and veg. Make sure you keep packing veg into your meals – think about using carrots, parsnips and tinned tomatoes for warming stews and one-pots that still contain a decent punch of nutrition.

Top your breakfast with fruit, banana on porridge, sliced apples and cinnamon, and remember: an apple a day……

  • Exercise

That’s right, it’s far easier to get motivated in the summer, but it’s just as important throughout the winter months to keep exercising. If you don’t exercise you’ll become sluggish, eat more sugars and your sleep will be impacted.

All bad news for the immune system.

  • Drink fluids

Not just water, but de-caff and sugar free warm drinks, herbal teas, honey and lemon and hot water. They will keep you cosy warm and hydrated throughout the colder months, help to flush your body of toxins and keep those bugs at bay.

  • Chicken soup for the soul

Foods like chicken soup really do help the soul, and your body as a whole. The cooking down of chicken bones releases glycosamine, which helps to protect the gut, and the soup contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and silicon. Because it’s in liquid form, it’s super-easy to digest and will rehydrate your body.

Best to reach for the chicken soup before the first signs of a cold appear to keep your immune system in check.

  • Sleep

Overtiredness, stress and anxiety, will all weaken your immune system so ensure you get plenty of sleep, take time to relax, take a walk to literally “blow away the cobwebs” and you’ll sleep better and your immune system will thank you for it.

 


The Author

Laura Briggs

Laura is a fitness writer who loves running, strength training, Pilates and Yoga. When she's got time to herself you might find her knitting, or in the kitchen trying out an elaborate recipe - healthy of course!.

Comments

craig t.
12 October 2016

craig t.

Staying away from children is a good idea. I would go further and say stay away from people! I work from home and don't tend to pick up much. I thought it was my strong immune system but someone pointed out that as I don't see many people there's little chance of catching anything!

Clare R.
10 October 2016

Clare R.

I would add 'have a flu jab' and stay away from small children - although the latter is not really practical for many people. But all my friends who have young kids say they've never had so many colds in their life.

Matthew C.
9 October 2016

Matthew C.

I would add keeping stress levels low. I used to find I was more likely to come down with something if I was under a lot of pressure too, and generally feeling low. I bet being happy boosts your immune system too!

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