The days are shorter, the winds have picked up and the air is mild and moist for the time of year. Winter is here and everywhere I go people are sneezing and snuffling.
So a better way to fight off colds and germs has set me on a mission during this Twixtmas time. Even though I have had the flu vaccination, my immune system is not at its best, so I do need to keep healthy and ‘snot free’ in the most natural ways.
GP and TV presenter, Dr Hilary Jones has developed a 10 point action plan to help winter proof ourselves this season.
Dr Hilary says “The degree to which winter impacts negatively on our health and wellbeing is clear. The study found that Brits are three times more likely to say they felt ‘run-down’, tired or fed up over the winter months than they were to feel content with themselves and their health.”
Apparently we Brits are twice more likely to reach for chocolate than we are to turn to vitamins, fresh fruit and vegetables when feeling poorly… well I can sure enough vouch for that!
Vitamin C contributes to the normal function of the immune system and can help prevent colds and flu. So this winter eat foods that are high in vitamin C. My favs are curly kale, kiwi fruit, broccoli, tomatoes and peas.
You can also increase your vitamin C intake with a cup of green tea with a slice of lemon and ginger which count for 17.6% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin C.
It is as important to keep hydrated in the winter as it is in the summer. Even if you don’t feel as thirsty in the winter, it’s important to keep your fluid intake up. Be it green tea or black tea or green tea. Might I recommend a mug of Fatigue Fighter, with its delicate white tea base?
So much more natural than a doctor’s prescription and without any side-effects. But when the cold sets in we may not feel so keen on that walk, run or cycle. Keep your exercise regimes going by visiting the gym, going swimming or going for a walk.
This vitamin assists in forming haemoglobin – the substance in red blood cells that carries oxygen around the body and helps with the reduction of tiredness. To combat winter fatigue, eat plenty of vitamin B6 rich foods, such as sunflower seeds, bananas and fish.
You can also increase your vitamin B6 intake with a mug of green tea which count for 26% of your recommended daily amount of vitamin B6 when a teaspoon of honey is added.
Keep your Head Warm
Research has shown that we lose a lot of heat from our heads, which lowers our immune system. SO remember to wear that hat and scarf!
This is the sunshine vitamin and is needed to keep our bones and teeth healthy. So remember to get out and about if it’s sunny, or eat health foods which are high in vitamin D. Top up your diet with salmon, milk and eggs.
Stress hormones trigger anti-immune reactions. Winter can be a hectic time with many social events to arrange and attend. Make sure you take time out to relax to keep stress levels at bay.
Keep Bugs at Bay
Use antibacterial hand wash and put used tissues in the bin. These two small measures make a big difference when it comes to fighting the spread of germs.
Plan your winter wardrobe- instead of heavy chunky garments opt for layers, which trap hot air. You can then remove layers if needed, making it easier to regulate your temperature.
Looking on the bright side can be good for your health as research suggests that positive people get fewer colds. Try writing a gratitude diary on a daily basis, so you can identify and appreciate the things that are going right for you.
So there you have it… we can probably avoid catching said cold but at least if we did, we can cure ourselves healthily and naturally. Grab your hats and positive attitude and put that kettle on! Tea anyone??! Tea Box loose leaf of course!
And I wish you a happy and healthy 2016
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