There are a number of reasons that this season can knock the old immune system around: from lower temperatures, to more time spent indoors in groups and at the mercy of artificial heating that cycles viruses around office blocks . We also take in less Vitamin D in winter, as sunshine is a little more difficult to come by.
Looking at the bigger picture, it’s not our just lifestyle inthis season that stumbles us, there are some year-long problems. How we handle them can make a big difference to immunity.
“It’s the stressors that get to our body. Now…there are some stressors we can’t control. Unless someone wants to come and pay my mortgage off, I’m always going to have mortgage stress. I’m going to have financial stress unless someone gives me millions of dollars. We can’t avoid that. It’s largely out of our control. But what we can control is what goes in our mouth and what our body does,” said Naturopath Stephen Eddy in a recent interview with The Wellness Guys .
Among natural immunity boosters are things like sleep, exercise and diet. Accord to Eddy, there are some dietary immune boosters that we can take advantage of during the winter months.
“We can certainly eat a lot more healthily. We can eat a lot more vegetables, fruits, salads, nuts, seeds, legumes, healthy foods and do healthy things for our body. Get up. Go for that walk. Go to the gym. Exercise. Do something that will keep your immune system as well as your general health a lot better off. Take supplements to improve your health so you don’t get the cold in the first place. I’m a big one on prevention.”
Without further ado, here are the specifics on Eddy’s immune boosters.
Handling stress is also an important part of immunity. While not all stressors are easily eradicated from our lives, there are some healthy inclusions that can help us keep the stress levels down. Meditation and social connections are two common recommendations here, but so too is exercise . While it might be less easy to motivate yourself to exercise in winter, it’s just as important here as any other time of the year. “About half an hour of moderate to intense exercise daily is healthy,” says Eddy before advising that 80% of maximal heart rate is what you are aiming for.
So while it might be tempting to hit up the comfort food and spend more time on the couch this winter, your immune system says otherwise! Eat the food your body loves, and keep your body moving throughout the winter months and you may be on the way to a healthier cold and flu season.
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