Elaine Diamond (2021, October 14). 8 ways to prepare for cold and flu season. Psychreg on Wellness. https://www.psychreg.org/ways-prepare-cold-flu-season/
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With winter fast approaching, many people are looking for ways to strengthen their immune system. While some start eating more fruits and vegetables, others develop an exercise routine or do their best to reduce stress. However, you can do many things to make your immune system less susceptible to viruses and infections.
Getting enough sleep, shopping for supplements, hydrating, and avoiding alcohol are perfectly valid ways to keep the body protected from environmental factors. Whether it’s raining or cold temperatures, following these tips can ensure you survive the winter without succumbing to the cold.
If you want to learn more about the best healthy living strategies, you have come to the right place. Here, we take a closer look at them and provide information on how they can help you stay healthy. Let’s get started.
What you eat is a major factor when it comes to the health of your immune system. While most people usually turn to fruits and vegetables when looking for ways to boost their immunity, there are other foods that can be beneficial for the body. For example, you can eat foods that contain probiotics, enzymes, vitamins and minerals that have been shown to improve immunity by promoting a strong immune response.
Alternatively, you can try using nutritional supplements designed to strengthen the immune system. Most of these supplements are available without a prescription and can be easily purchased at your local pharmacy or health store. If you want to find a better deal, you can find it online, for example by checking discounts on Healthspan products.
Whether it is daily stress or a traumatic event, be aware that it can take a toll on your immune system. After all, the body and mind are connected and when you feel stressed the immune system is affected. This means that it becomes more difficult to fight off infections and viruses that can lead to respiratory problems and infections such as the common cold.
If possible, you should try to manage your stress levels and if this is not possible, seek professional help. Make sure you get enough sleep and don’t put off or engage in unhealthy habits like smoking.
Start exercising regularly
Exercise is not only good for your heart, but also for your immune system. In fact, research has shown that exercise can help reduce the risk of catching a cold or a flu-like virus. Furthermore, studies have revealed that exercise can help prevent serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer. The bottom line is that you should get used to exercising regularly.
Practice deep breathing
When it comes to strengthening the immune system, deep breathing can help. In fact, when you breathe deeply, you send oxygen to the body which helps in fighting diseases. Deep breathing for just 10 minutes a day can help with this process. Simply breathe in deeply through your nose and hold for a few seconds before exhaling through your mouth. You can even do this while sitting at your desk or while watching TV.
drink a lot of water
Many people drink water without realizing its benefits on the body. It’s true that drinking water can help you feel more energetic and can help you lose weight, but what about its ability to protect you from disease? There is evidence that water can help strengthen the immune system as well as protect against chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, constipation and even certain types of cancer. In fact, some doctors recommend drinking at least eight glasses of water a day to keep your immune system strong and healthy.
Eat plenty of foods that contain probiotics
The gut deserves a special mention when it comes to strengthening the immune system because it is where a lot of the work happens. If you want a strong immune response, you need probiotic foods to promote a healthy gut environment that helps fight infections and viruses.
Some examples of probiotic foods include yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, pickles, tempeh, kimchi, miso soup, and natto cereal. When you consume these foods on a regular basis, the good bacteria will help create an environment in which pathogens cannot survive and will keep the body free of pathogenic organisms.
Take Vitamin D Supplements
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth, but did you know that it can also improve immunity? According to studies, low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of respiratory infections such as pneumonia and other conditions such as multiple sclerosis.
To maintain healthy levels of vitamin D in the body, you can consider taking vitamin D supplements or exposure to sunlight which is one of the best sources of vitamin D because it is made by the body when exposed to sunlight.
Get enough sleep
You are probably aware that sleep is important for brain function, mood, and memory. However, what you may not know is that it is also important for the immune system. The body needs rest so that it can repair damage and fight infections. Furthermore, the body produces white blood cells during sleep which are needed to fight infections.
If you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system will be affected, and you may be prone to catching colds and other infections. Experts recommend getting eight hours of sleep each night to promote health and wellness.
The winter months are harsh on the immune system because you are exposed to cold weather. However, the body can be prepared for this by following some tips that help in strengthening it. Make sure to eat plenty of nutrients, avoid stress, practice deep breathing, drink plenty of water, and exercise regularly.
You can also eat foods that contain probiotics to boost immunity and take a vitamin D supplement. If you want to boost your immune system even more, consider adding some herbs or foods that have been shown to improve immunity.
Keep in mind that there are other strategies worth trying to keep the body in good shape. Additionally, if you feel that your immune system is not strong enough, you should consider getting professional help.
Elaine Diamond received her degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. She has an ongoing interest in mental health and well-being.
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