Avoiding that winter cold
Seasons are quickly changing here in the Southern hemisphere and already I am hearing and seeing a lot of people struggling with a cold or the flu.
It is a common time of year to get sick but this doesn't mean it can't be avoided. After all, prevention is better than cure. The most important thing is to keep our immune system strong so that it can fight off any nasty bugs that come along. Luckily, we have the chance to help out our immune system every time we eat.
- So here are a few things you can do to boost your immunity and keep that cold at bay:
- Prioritise your rest and sleep time
- Get to bed earlier
- Stay hydrated - you may not feel like drinking water in the colder months but it is so important to keep up your filtered water intake.
- Add a squeeze of fresh lemon to your water
- Put a little extra ginger in your morning juice and even try add a splash of apple cider vinegar
- Drink more herbal teas (peppermint and rooibos are great). You can even make your own fresh lemon and ginger tea.
- Avoid mucous forming foods, especially dairy and sugar
- Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. Citrus fruits are in season during winter so load up on lemons, oranges, mandarins and grape fruits while you can to give your body that vitamin C hit it needs.
- Maintain a well balanced, healthy diet. Just because it is winter, it doesn't mean you can let go of your normal healthy eating patterns.
- Keep moving. Don't neglect your exercise routine.
- Reduce your alcohol intake
- Increase your vitamin C and zinc intake. These are essential for boosting immunity and fighting that flu.
- Dark green and red vegetables are high in vitamin C so pile your plate high with spinach, broccoli, tomatoes and all things green.
- Try adding some raw garlic (high in antioxidants) in to your diet daily. Garlic has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and keeps our immune system strong.
- Diffuse oils to help you breathe more easily. Try a few drops of eucalyptus oil in a bowl of hot water. Cover with a kitchen towel to 'brew' and then lift and breathe in through your nose. You can use other oils too, such as peppermint or lavender.
- Take a good quality probiotic every day to keep your gut healthy, which in turn keeps your immune system fighting fit. For more information on which probiotic I recommend, please get in touch with me via email.
- Stay warm. Keep your cosy socks and scarf on, especially when you go outside.
- Don't wait until you start to feel sick to act. Start now and avoid getting sick all together.