Winter is often labelled as the ‘flu season’, but you don’t have to be a victim. As you pull out your winter woollies, have a think about your strategy to keep well right through to summer.
Whilst most people will wait until they feel a scratchy throat before they act, you could be ahead of the game with these simple tips.
Tip #1 Munch on Season’s Eats
Our bodies require more fuel during winter to keep us healthy but try to stay away from stodgy breads and pastas, processed foods and too much alcohol as these will only compromise your gut and expose your immune system to be attacked by viruses. Stick to seasonal veggies like pumpkin, carrots, potato, kale and onions to warm your body up. Put all these into a nice thick soup with an organic chicken or vegetable broth and you’ve got a very tasty and hearty meal that your immune system will love.
Tip #2 Citrus Juice It
There’s a reason why there are plenty of citrus fruits available in winter. Citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons are packed full of necessary vitamins and minerals, in particular Vitamin C. Vitamin C plays an important role in helping the immune system fight off cold viruses. Start your day with the juice of half a lemon in warm water – it will not only warm your body but it will kick-start your immune system for the day’s onslaught.
Tip #3 Keep Moving
Exercise stimulates mood boosting chemicals in your brain and helps to eliminate toxins from the body. The cold days might not motivate you to get outside and exercise so perhaps grab a friend and head to an indoor heated pool or Bikram yoga. You will feel so much better, mentally and physically.
Tip #4 Boost with Supplements
You can be eating all the right foods but with toxins, stress and limited organic food choices available in our daily lives, we all need to be looking at supplementing to keep boosted and protect our immune systems. Vitamin C depletes rapidly in our bodies, especially when we’re stressed, so it’s a good idea to add a Vitamin C supplement to your daily regime. We feel the most effective and tastiest one on the market is Wonder Foods’ ‘Tangy Vitamin C’ tasty drink powder. It comes in two sizes, 200g and 450g, and at the moment you can buy 2 and get 1 FREE (until stocks last).
It can be very difficult to avoid the dreaded cold and flu in winter. Don’t wait for symptoms to remind you to look after yourself. Take on these tips and you could be feeling well all the way through winter so as to bounce into spring.