Simple Hacks To Toughen Up Your Immunity This Winter
You may have noticed that a bunch of afflictions strike during the winter. It could be the common cold, the flu, sore throat, or asthma attacks. But there are a few simple ways you could keep many illnesses at bay or reduce the severity and likelihood of other illnesses.
Usually, it’s our weakened immunity that paves the way for ailments. So it’s time to get to the root of the problem. If you can shore up your immunity, it’ll be creating a powerful army to repel invaders. It’s not even that hard to improve your immunity. A few healthy practices and a few lifestyle changes are all that it takes!
Get your body moving
A life of little mobility is the culprit responsible for many illnesses. Some of these can be fatal. Unless you put your body through exercises, your immunity becomes weak. You become prone to obesity and diabetes- conditions that weaken your immunity further.
Getting at least 20 minutes of exercise 5 days a week is crucial. It could be stretches, cardio, strength training, yoga- anything that you like doing. Exercise improves your blood circulation and prompts the production of immunity cells. Working out also ensures that all your systems function at their best.
Switch to healthy foods
Healthy eating is an effective way of strengthening your immune system. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with the vitamins and minerals you need to ward off illnesses. The good thing is that winters are when fresh fruits and vegetables are in steady supply. Instead of focusing on particular vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, or iron to improve your immunity, make sure you consume a whole lot of essential nutrients. This is because nutrients work in mysterious ways, they are inter-connected, and leaving one out while consuming the other may not have the desired effects. This is why you should include vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, tomatoes, beans, beets, carrots, peas, or fruits like oranges, apples, pears in your everyday diet.
Quit smoking and drinking
Smoking or consuming tobacco in any way is a slow way of ruining your health. Smoking is particularly harmful in winters because as it is pollution levels reach an all-time high and leave your lungs in a poor state. Don’t compound the situation by puffing on a cigarette.
Drinking in moderation may have health benefits, but overdoing it is not good for your immunity. So, this season of merrymaking, if you intend to drink alcohol, make sure that you put a cap on how much you drink.
Get some shut-eye
You’d be surprised to know how amazing sleep is for your health. Sleep is a good way to recharge your system. Compromising on the duration of sleep can lead to not just weakened immunity but also problems with memory and coordination. It may even cause heart problems. So snuggle into a blanket, put the phone aside and get some much-needed Zzzzs!
Deal with stress
How about a smart New Year Resolution? Promise to not let stress ruin your life. Stress is your immunity’s arch enemy. It wreaks havoc with your immune response. But stress is a part of life now. But you can train yourself to mitigate the effects of stress. And the really good way to do that is breathing exercise. Deep breathing and alternate nostril breathing help scale down stress. Close your eyes and direct all attention to your breathing, don’t let a thousand thoughts clutter your head. Keep practising for at least a month to notice an improvement. Yoga too helps you deal with stress.
Our immunity is the first and last line of defence against illnesses. So invest some effort in it and boost it up.