Now that the winter months are well and truly here, it’s time to look at staying healthy and avoiding those nasty colds. With the average adult getting two to three colds each winter, finding ways to boost your immune system not only reduces the number of times colds and flu attack, but also reduces the severity.
Here are six easy ways to help boost your immune system this winter
1. Increase zinc and vitamin C
These nutrients help with immune cell function. Foods high in vitamin C are oranges, kiwifruit, dark green leafy vegetables and tomatoes. Foods high in zinc are seafood, meat, nuts and cocoa.
2. Get moving
Exercising is thought to increase the levels of the ‘happy’ hormone serotonin, which in turn helps the body stay strong and fight off bugs. Aim for at least 30 minutes per day, five times a week to help fight off the winter blues.
3. Take Probiotics
Good bacteria in the body can be altered by lifestyle, a poor diet, medications such as cold & flu tablets and stress. Take a quality probiotic daily, with natural probiotic yoghurts to help boost your immune system.
4. Try adding herbs & spices
Herbs are nature’s natural immune boosters. Try adding some herbs and spices to your cooking such as tumeric, garlic and cloves. These types of herbs and spices add benefits such as reducing inflammation and boost immunity.
5. Increase intake of Omega-3
Omega-3 is ranked as one of the most essential nutrients today, especially with a ‘growing’ population, as it’s great for heart health and regulating cholesterol. Great sources of Omega-3 are oily fish such as salmon and sardines.
6. Cut back sugar
Too much sugar inhibits immune cell function by reducing the effectiveness of white blood cells from fighting bacteria and viruses like the common cold that enter the body.
By trying these six easy steps to help boost your immune system this winter, hopefully the colds are fewer and shorter, allowing more time to enjoy life with friends and family.