Winter is coming and all we are thinking about is what can we do to avoid coughing cold and improve our chances of not falling sick.
Actually, the secret to build a strong immunity system no matter what the season was; is to live a healthy and balanced lifestyle, which is the real key to a better life. In fact, having a good immunity is our body’s ability to fight off harmful infections and viruses, in order to avoid getting colds during winter. A weak immunity means systemically that you are more susceptible to get infections from anything around you such as colds, influenza, fever…
Wearing a lot of clothes to keep you warm, staying at home and not seeing everyone, doesn’t make you completely safe, viruses will certainly find a way to get you, so boosting your immunity during winter is the best defense against infections. So how can you know that your immune system is weak and how can you improve it?
If you are getting stressed easily, feeling tired and lazy all day long, having frequent infections, always getting cold and having tummy troubles, be sure that your immune system is suffering and must be boosted quickly. There are many ways to get your system up and enhance its functioning frequency, but the best way always is by eating healthy.
There are lots of recommendations to live a healthy lifestyle, such as:
- Avoiding consuming cigarettes, since it damages your lungs
- Starting to practice sport daily or at least 3 times a week
- Exposing your body to the sunlight
- Adjusting your dietary by consuming more vegetables and fruits
- Getting enough sleep and avoiding stressful things
Nutrients you can consume to improve your immune system
Vitamin A and C
These vitamins are great antioxidants, they improve perfectly immunity, and they increase the production of white blood cells in order to stop viruses from growing and multiplying. Vitamin C is found in vegetables and fruits, like broccoli, strawberries, oranges, limes, and especially carrots.
On the other hand, you can find vitamin A in eggs, dairy products, vegetables and fruits too.
Vitamin B, folic acid, vitamin B6
They all have a wonderful effect on the immune functions. Vitamin B6 is one of the biggest immune system boosters ever, it is found especially in whole grains, meat and nuts. While the richest sources of folic acid are in yeast, red beans, spinach…
This is one of the most important nutrients for your immunity, but it should be taken in a balanced way by respecting the dose given by the doctor or written in the label. So it is better to get the right amount of zinc through food, such as seafood, milk, grains and cereals, lentils, meat…
Practice good hygiene
During our direct contact with the surfaces, persons around us or objects that are contaminated with bacteria, we can touch our nose, eyes or mouth and then get infected unconsciously. So make sure that your hands are clean before eating and always wash your hands after toilet or being in a public space.