Winters bring in happy times. The chilly weather makes you snuggle to your blanket while sipping on some warm winter soups. However, winters also bring in flu, illnesses and diseases that can lower your immune system. It is important to pay extra attention to your diet to maintain your immunity. It is always a great idea to include healthy immunity-boosting foods into your diet, so that you don't catch common winter illnesses such as a cold or flu. Some viruses are more likely to spread during cold weather. Whereas certain factors may weaken the ability of your body to fight off illnesses during winters. One of the reasons can be reduced levels of vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin.
However, there are certain tips you can follow to boost your immune system during winters.
One of the most ignored aspects of winter wellness is hygiene. Right from cleaning the gadgets that lie around you to your clothes. People become lazier during winters and do not clean well.
Healthy and Balanced Diet
Opt for a balanced diet that is rich in fibre, protein and healthy fats. Opt for healthy foods that are generally warm in nature like garlic or cruciferous veggies such as cauliflower and broccoli. Since your body is working extra to maintain body temperature, it will also need more food to sustain. So make sure you eat wholesome foods instead of junk food binging.
People tend to drink less water during winters, even though the hydration needs of the body do not decrease. Drink enough water or other healthy fluids like fruit juices, etc.
Usually, people avoid exercising outdoors because it is cold outside but that doesn't mean you should stop deprive your body of proper exercise to maintain the body weight.
Indulge in healthy warm baths during winters. Not only does it feel good but is also considered healthy. Use healthy bath salts and oils for good skin during the chilly weather.
Take a full 8-hour sleep during winters. Most people oversleep during winters which is not advised too.
Let this winter nourish you instead of making you a magnet of colds and flu. The bottom line is that you take care of yourself. Look after your body needs, moisturise your skin and condition your hair well. Try to avoid carb-laden junk food and opt for homemade comfort foods instead.
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