As soon as the cold weather starts to set in the colds, cough and flu start to appear. Pains get worse for arthritis sufferers and upset stomachs become more common. There are ways you can help prevent some of these things for you and your family by being prepared for the winter months.
The stronger your immunity system is the less likely you are to suffer from any of these winter conditions. Start by introducing dark leafy green vegetables into your diet, as these will feed the good gut bacteria that help to keep your immune system strong. You do not need to have a pile of them on your plate but add them to soups or smoothies, and something such as Kale goes very well in egg dishes.
Garlic, whether you eat it raw, roasted or cooked in with your food has lots of things in it that will help you to fight off winter bugs and viruses. Adding fermented foods like sauerkraut and kimchi to your diet will also help. As your gut is home to 70% of the bacteria that strengthen your immune system it makes sense to feed them.
Coconut oil added to your diet will give you extra lauric acid, which is really good for boosting your immunity as well as giving you energy.
Supplements And Vitamins
At your local pharmacy, you will find many different supplements and vitamins that will help in your fight against the awful winter bugs. Most people know that extra vitamin C helps, but it is not the only one by any means. Vitamins D and B will also help. There are herbs that can be taken as a supplement, and several other nutrients too. Chat with your pharmacist to find which are the ones you need to take to improve your immune system.
Get More Sleep
Getting enough sleep is vital at any time of the year, but it is even more important in the winter months. Your body needs time to restore itself from the challenges of the previous day, and to prepare itself to face the next one. A lack of sleep will cause you to become run down, and then you are far more likely to fall prey to coughs, colds, and flu.
By the same token, you need to stay active. That might seem a difficult option when it is 2 foot of snow outside or raining very heavily. There are ways of exercising indoors that can be just as good as a walk or run. Exercise without realizing by giving your house an early spring clean, or make yourself an exercise routine that you perhaps do while listening to your favorite singer. This can also act as a timer too, as you will know when the music finishes your exercise time is over.
These are all minor things that can help keep you healthier this winter. You may not be able to fit them all into your lifestyle, but even some of them can help keep the winter bugs and viruses away.