Cold and flu season is upon us. Why not perk up your immune system and fight off that cold with these easy tips.
We've all been there. That moment where you say, "I'm getting sick. I can feel it."
Then we run to drug store and stock up on cough drops, nasal sprays, and other over-the-counter medicines to try and nip that cold in the bud. They key is not to get sick in the first place! How do we do that? We build up our immune system.
Here are 5 easy ways to boost your immune system this winter season:
1. Get in your vitamins and nutrients!
Vitamins C, D, E, and the B’s, Zinc… they all help support a healthy immune system. Include foods rich in antioxidants into your diet like dark berries and dark leafy greens. Look into taking herbal supplements like Echinacea, Ginseng, and probiotics. The more tools your body has, the better it’ll be at fighting off a nasty cold.
2. Drink plenty of liquids
Up your water in-take and don’t shy away from that dark green smoothie. Taking in fluids helps flush your system, and veggie/fruit smoothie can also provide with nutrients. If you feel a stuffy nose or scratchy throat coming on, warm drinks like tea or hot water with lemon will help with the congestion
Stress can break down your immune system. All you workholics out there, go home on time and kick back with a movie. Any one feeling strung out? Do something you enjoy – even just for 5 minutes. Read a book, hang out with friends, do some window shopping. Take care of yourself!
Getting a good night’s rest is a great way to support your immune system. You let your body re-energize, you let your mind calm down, and you can let all those over-the-counter meds kick in! Try to get in a good 6-8 hours of uninterrupted, purely blissful, sleep.
Regular exercise has so many benefits, but if you feel a cold coming on, a little bit of exercise can help you sweat it off! Try not to go too hard at the gym, but a good 30-45 minute walk helps your blood circulation, and keeps your body warm.