While the temperature drops so does motivation and sadly our immune system can also suffer due to poor diet and lifestyle choices people opt for to get them through the colder days and nights. Why do we change our healthy habits in the colder months? We swap the greens for more carbs, the joggers for ugg boots and the morning walks for morning sleep in’s? And we still wonder why we get sick in winter?
Our healthy habits shouldn’t be seasonal; our goals should still remain the same across the 365 days of the year.
What can we do to change this? What can we do to stay on track and keep our immune system strong and healthy throughout the cooler months?
People seem to put the water down and forget about it during winter which is the first step in where we are going wrong. Our bodies still need to be hydrated even when it is cold. And especially if we are drinking more hot caffeinated drinks. Keeping hydration levels up is oh so important, nothing below 2L. Even adding to our daily routine hot water, lemon and honey (raw/manuka) to help prevent the sore throat from rearing its ugly head. However if the sore throat does beat you to it the best drink to opt. for is;
- Hot water
TIP2: INCREASE YOUR VITAMINS
Supplement support is vital in winter, increasing your zinc, magnesium and vitamin C is always a good idea. Helping your immune system to see through winter happier and healthier. The benefits of these three supp’s include:
- Zinc is actually present within all bodily tissue and needed for healthy cell division. It acts like an antioxidant within the body, fighting free-radical damage and slow the aging process. Zinc also has a big impact on hormonal balance, the central nervous system and the immune system. So for this reason, even a small zinc deficiency can result in an increased risk for infertility or diabetes.
- Magnesium helps Increase energy, calms nerves & anxiety. Helps with digestion by relieving constipation. Relieves muscle aches and spasms. Regulates levels of calcium, potassium and sodium within the body. Important for heart health. Prevents migraine and headaches as well as helps prevent Osteoporosis.
- Vitamin C supplements enhance the health promoting effects of exercise and also dramatically combat the oxidated damage caused by smoking and exposure to tobacco smoke. In respiratory conditions, vitamin C supplements help avert or shorten the duration of common colds and may mitigate the risk of serious respiratory conditions like asthma.
Yoga is a great remedy for when the immune system is down and out. It will not only help you breathe easier but it will also help rid of any phlegm that is stuck within the body. “The physical vibration loosens phlegm and can help open up the ostia, the pathways from which the sinuses drain,” says Timothy McCall, M.D., author of Yoga As Medicine.
By giving our bodies a little extra support during winter we can become much more productive and a lot less sluggish. Exercise and movement will be more of a choice and not chore.