7 Ways To Help Avoid The Cold This Winter

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Food

The first thing that needs a change in your lifestyle is your diet. You are what you eat. So, you must eat healthy foods to stay healthy in winter.

Add ginger and garlic to your regular diet. They help in keeping the body warm from the inside. Consume foods rich in zinc such as oysters, seafood, tofu, eggs, etc.zinc-rich-foods

Eat curd (plain Greek yogurt) at least once every day. Add rosemary to your favorite dishes. Rosemary is an antiviral herb that contains carnosic acid, which protects our bodies against respiratory syncytial virus.

Drink Green Tea with ginger and honey. A German research has reported that Green Tea damages the influenza virus and prevents it from entering our bodies.

Exercise

The benefits of hitting the gym are known by all. However, sweating it out in winter means that you are strengthening your immune system. Exercise at least for twenty five minutes every day to keep up with your strong immune system.

If you don’t want to go to the gym, then you can jog in your nearby park for a half-hour every day. Jogging keeps your heart healthy, which again helps in building a strong immune system. Exercising also promotes the development of natural killer cells which destroy the harmful foreign bacteria and viruses.woman_running_on_a_treadmill__medium_4x3

If you’d like to exercise at home, then you can engage yourself in yoga. Poses such as Uttanasana, Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, Matsyasana and Supta Baddha Konasana must be practiced daily in winter for strengthening the immune system.

 

Sleep

Improper sleep cycles or insufficient amount of sleep hampers our brain and body. Give proper rest to your body for about six to eight hours every day. The human body repairs itself during sleep.

Make sure that your bedroom is free of clutter. Place dim lights in the bedroom and change your bed sheets every single day. The bedroom should be decorated so well that it would always look inviting.

Do not drink any liquid about one or two hours before bedtime as that might increase the chances of getting up in the middle of the night due to uncontrollable urination. If possible, meditate for fifteen minutes every night prior to sleep.

 

Supplements

Vitamin C supplements are tips of the past for protection in winter. You must consider some advanced supplements available in the market today. These supplements are Probiotics, Vitamin D, Olive Leaf Extract, and Oscillococcinum.

Probiotic supplements keep the intestines strong by providing it the beneficial bacteria it needs. Vitamin D helps in building stronger bones and immune system. Olive leaves extract fights against cold, flu and sinus infections; and the homeopathic Oscillococcinum should be taken as soon as the very first flu symptom occurs.download-3

Alternatively, you can take the juice of Holy Basil twice a day for overall immunity. This is the best organic supplement that’s out there which can also be considered as an all-in-one’ supplement.

 

Warm Clothes

As the winter slowly sets in from the season of autumn, we barely think of adapting our fashion which will suit winter’s temperatures. Always keep your warm clothes ready in hand when fall begins. You never know when you might need it.

The next time you go shopping for warm clothes, include the following in your list: warm inner wears, sweaters, hoods, interchange jackets, insulated snow pants, mittens, head ring, woolen socks and boots. Add to this list, any other warm clothing accessories that you like.

When you sense that winter has started setting in, take out your warm clothes and keep yourself protected from the cold winds. If you catch a cold during this time, then the harmful bacteria and viruses will find it easy to penetrate through your body and cause you ill health.

Humidifier

Do you know that your chances of catching a cold increases when you are surrounded by people? Avoid going to crowded places in winter. The cold flu virus is highly contagious and usually spreads from one person to another.

Keep a humidifier at home and avoid installing a central heating system. The central heating system makes the air dry and stuffy which can pose a problem with the nose and throat. Also, dry and stuffy air is bad for asthma patients.

A humidifier can keep a control on the humidity levels of your home at around thirty to fifty percent which is highly suitable for cold weather conditions.

Hygiene

150911164931-hand-sanitizer-stock-large-169This is the most important of them all. Harmful bacteria and viruses have more chances of spreading through unclean hands and other body parts. Maintaining hygiene is the key to preventing the invasion of harmful foreign bacteria and viruses in your body.

Wash your hands regularly and dry them on clean towels. Change your towels every day just the way you change your clothes. When we touch our eyes, nose or mouth with unclean hands, it causes the bacteria and viruses residing in the hand to get transmitted easily into our body.

Take a warm bath at least twice a day; once in the morning and once before going to sleep. Keeping your body clean at all times is the best way to prevent yourself from the cold, cough and flu during winter.

 

The old adage, “Prevention is better than cure” sums up all of the points mentioned above. The tips given in this blog post are aimed at building a shield on your body which will protect you in winter from falling ill. Change your lifestyle to get acclimated with winter conditions and everything will be absolutely fine.

 

So remember: eat healthy food; exercise every day; sleep for at least six to eight hours; take proper supplements; wear protective warm clothes; install a humidifier in your home; and maintain hygiene in everything that you do.

 

Here’s wishing you a healthy and enjoyable winter season.

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