Winter is coming... unfortunately your chances of getting a cold or the flu is quite high in the coming months. So I have put together some tips to try and stay as healthy as possible this Winter (and throughout the year).
Plan your healthy meals
What you eat can play a big part in maintaining a healthy immune system. Eating lots of dark green and orange vegetables like spinach, broccoli, carrots and butternut will provide your body with the right vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system. Adding mushrooms and garlic to your cooking will also help your body fight off a cold or the flu.
Wash your hands
Your hands carry loads of germs! It may seem obvious but you need to wash them a good few times during the day. You can use a hand sanitizer or if you wash them with soap and water it needs to be for at least 20 seconds to kill the germs. Make sure to wipe down your desk and phone once a week as well to keep your working area clean and germ free.
Sleep for your health
Sleep is so important to maintain a healthy mind and body on a day to day basis. You need 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night to prevent your immune system from weakening and making you more susceptible to colds and flu.
Keep up with your exercise
I know it is sometimes difficult to get out of your warm clothes and into your gym gear in Winter but research suggests that by working out and making your heart pump a little faster you are strengthening your immune system. However if you are already sick the rule of thumb is - you can workout if you have a stuffy nose and sore throat but you need to give the gym a skip if you have a temperature and aches and pains in your body. Listen to your body!
Boost your immune system
Give yourself a daily dose of vitamin A, C and the mineral Zinc, especially in Winter. These vitamins and minerals are essential for a resilient immune system. You can also try making yourself some 'power orange' smoothies and add some lemon to your glass of water.
These are just a few of the many things you can do to guard yourself against getting a cold or the flu. Here's to a happy and healthy Winter!